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Create a Pirate Craft for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

2013-09-19 by Melissa & Doug

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Get ready to make your own DIY pirate puppets and pirate ship, and celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19, and we thought it would be fun to share a pirate themed craft to celebrate! ARRRRR you ready?


talk like a pirate day craft banner

We created our pirate ship and DIY pirate puppets with a combination of craft sticks (also widely known as popsicle sticks), construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers.

pirate day craft stick pirate characters

We glued on paper for bandannas and clothes, and used markers to draw designs, faces, and of course a couple of eye patches.

pirate day craft table with craft sticks

Then, we lined six craft sticks side-by-side to make the base of the pirate ship

pirate day craft making a craft stick pirate ship

Two more craft sticks glued across finishes the base. Then, the grown-ups cut a craft stick and stuck it in between the slats of the ship base.  A construction paper triangle with slits down the center (again cut by the grown-up) makes the flag.

pirate day craft pirates and ship playset

This craft is great for a wide range of ages.  You can keep it simple for the little ones, or expand it further for older kids. Put on a puppet show and don’t forget to talk like a pirate!  Avast, me hearties!

Some more ways to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day:

–       Listen to some pirate music, like Peter Pan’s “A Pirate’s Life For Me” or Muppet Treasure Island’s “Shiver My Timbers.”

–       Talk about oceans and create them with construction paper so your pirate ship has a place to sail.

–      Create a treasure map that leads your child to a special snack.

Are you planning on celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day?  We’d love to see your pirate puppets or photos on our Facebook page!

Special thanks to Roo for helping us with this creative Pirate Day craft! 


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