Easy Pirate Crafts for Kids - Ahoy!
Pirate things for toddlers, preschoolers and little kids to make
Lots of easy pirate crafts for little kids. I'm Mom to two boys who love pirates and craft. They are fans of 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates'. This page includes lots of pirate things to make. My boys are 3 and 4 so everything is easy for them to make or join in with. We use easily available materials like cardboard boxes and lots of craft glue!
The goal here is to have lots of fun and learn more about pirates. I've included the best dinosaur crafts from around the web as well as some of our own creations. Have lots of fun!
Our Easy Pirate Crafts to Make List
These are the crafts we've got on our list to make. (See below for ones we've already had a go at.)
- Pirate Hats
Actually we've made these pirate hats before, but they've been worn so much I think we need to make them again! Definitely a big hit and the kids played with them loads too.
- Make a Pirate Map
Make a pirate treasure map from a brown paper bag. For toddlers you could just print out the sample map and let them color it or stick things on. For bigger kids you can make it more elaborate and educational.
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates Coloring Pages
Coloring pages are always a fun activity for kids. My boys love these Jake and the Never Land Pirates coloring pages. Sometimes they just color the pictures. Other times we get out some craft bits and use the picture as the basis for sticking bits on
- An Ugly Pirate Mask
This ugly pirate mask makes a great Halloween pirate craft. My boys love making a wearing masks.
- Cute Pirate Parrot
Now this one will be a collaboration between kids and a parent, but the result is amazing. It's a cute stuffed sock parrot that could be used as part of a Halloween or dress up costume, or used as a decoration in a pirate bedroom. Now we just need to
- Cut and Stick Skull and Crossbones Pirate Flag
This is a great pirate craft for toddlers and preschoolers. Cut out the parts of a skull and crossbones from white paper (little ones may need help) and then stick them on to black paper or card to make the flag.
- Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pirate Ship Collage
Create a pirate ship collage featuring Bucky from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Hook's ship too if you like.
Jake and the Neverland Pirates Ships Craft
Pirate Treasure Chest
Pirate Treasure Chest with Jewels and Coins - Toddlers, Preschoolers, Little Kids
This one was great fun. I cut out pirate treasure chest templates from card and then squirted plenty of craft glue on and gave the boys glue spreaders and lots of treasure-like bits from the craft box.
I had the beads from a broken necklace that I'd kept, a set of seashell and sea creature craft beads and some gold and silver sticky-backed sequins that looked like coins. A few other bits went on including a parrot feather.
Both boys, aged just 3 and nearly 5 loved this activity. We talked about why a pirate treasure chest might have sea shells stuck to it. My younger son really enjoyed choosing what to put on the chest and his older brother was methodical as usual.
I took photos of the finished chests and showed my older son. He asked if they were standing up in the photo. So the 3D effect worked then!
Pirate Paper Doll
Pirate Paper Dolls - Craft fun for preschoolers and little kids
For this activity I printed out plain paper doll templates. My older son cut out his own pirate and I helped my younger son. Then they decorated their pirates. I helped cut out the pieces they requested (they were very clear on what their pirates should look like!) from felt, card and paper. They glued the pieces on and had lively discussions about what pirates should wear.
They were very pleased with their pirate paper dolls. They played with them for ages. They enjoyed them so much that they asked if we could make a pirate ship for them.
This would make a great activity for girls too - girl pirate paper dolls would be very cool!
Cardboard Box Pirate Ship
Make a Pirate Ship from a Cardboard Box
So, the boys wanted to make a pirate ship. Well, I had an Amazon cardboard box from a recent delivery. With a big of creativity I thought I could turn it into a pirate ship.
This was an activity where the boys mostly watched and held things, but they enjoyed the process a lot. The ship is held together with masking tape. I designed the ship so that the boys could access it from the side as well as put things on the deck, this has worked really well.
Before I could put the sails on the boys had taken the ship away to play with it. First the Playmobil pirates went on. Then the knights. Then anyone else they could find!
I did eventually manage to put the sails and skull and crossbones flag on, these were made from downloadable pirate printables. A couple of weeks later and the boys are still playing with their pirate ship. It won't last forever, but they've had lots of enjoyment from it.
Pirate Craft Kits
Sometimes it's handy to have a craft kit to pull out on a rainy day, or when you just need to get some chores done.
Both my boys have these treasure chests and they are very good quality. The paint actually works! And they come in a lovely wooden box which now gets used for storage.
We've been really impressed with these Orb Factory kits. Lovely mosaic pieces and kids are really proud of the result.
I loved Shrinky Dinks when I was a kids and now my kids do. This pirate themed kit is great fun.
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