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Easy Pirate Crafts for Kids - Ahoy!

Updated on April 15, 2013

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.)

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Ships Craft

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Ships Craft
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.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Treasure Chest - Dyo
Melissa & Doug Wooden Treasure Chest - Dyo

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.

Orb Factory Sticky Mosaic Pirates
Orb Factory Sticky Mosaic Pirates

We've been really impressed with these Orb Factory kits. Lovely mosaic pieces and kids are really proud of the result.

Shrinky Dinks Minis Pirates
Shrinky Dinks Minis Pirates

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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      6 years ago

      I love the pirate treasure chest templates... did you do freehand? Is there a place I could find them? Thanks!

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      7 years ago


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      LadyJasmine LM 

      8 years ago

      Just so you know I enjoyed your lens, so I blessed it and featured it here:

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      8 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks. I've always thought about myself as technical rather than creative, but it's so much fun making things with my kids!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, you are a very creative person, your boys are lucky.


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