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A Treasure Trove of Pirate Activities for Reading and Spelling

Shiver me timbers, we love playing pirates! Just look at these scallywags playing hooky from our office in the middle of the day…and on a pirate ship no less! International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” must be right around the corner!

Why is it that kids (and some adults!) have a thing fer swashbucklin’ pirates? Could it be the cool eye patches? Or because pirates love adventure? Well, whatever it is, if you’ve got a pirate-loving child in your home, you might as well embrace it!

Ready to have some fun?

Dress Like a Pirate

You can really get into the spirit of things on Talk Like a Pirate Day by dressing like a pirate, too! In the video below, Michael has some great ideas for turning ordinary items into a pretty convincing pirate outfit! Take a look!

4 Ways to Teach Reading and Spelling with Pirates

We thought our readers would enjoy combining a love of pirates with building strong reading and spelling skills. And once they’re dressed for the part, your little swashbucklers will have even more fun with the activities below!

Pirate Dictionary download

Brush up on your pirate lingo!

Your swashbucklers can learn how to talk like a pirate with their very own pirate dictionary straight out of the All About Reading Level 4 activity book. Download The Pirate Dictionary.

Pirate Food story download

Read “Pirate Food”

In this story from AAR Level 4, Marianne is a student pirate with food on her mind. But Cap’n Grossbeard stands between Marianne and the food she loves. Download our free short story.

Pirate Ship game download

Play “Pirate Ship” (and practice spelling!)

Turn up the fun on spelling review with our Pirate Ship file folder game. Pirates may be scoundrels, but they don’t have to be bad spellers too, do they? Download our free spelling review game.

Pirate Picture Book Library List download

Read Pirate Picture Books

Our pirate crew took to the high seas to hunt for the most pirate-y picture books they could find. Our library list represents the best of the best! Download our Pirate Picture Book Library List.

These activities may induce some unusual behavior and a whole bunch of giggles. So don’t be surprised if your kids start talking about luggin’ treasure chests up from the briny deep or about guardin’ the booty. You’ve been warned!

How about you…can you talk like a pirate? Leave me a comment in your very best pirate speak!

Special thanks to Pirates Hideaway for letting us play on their pirate ship!

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Carol Young

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Thank you so much for all these little Blessings!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Carol! Glad you enjoy them.

Jourdan K Nichols

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We will put those dress up ideas to good use!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Have a jolly good time, matey!

Theresa

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Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Looks like we be having some swashbuckling good times! Happy sails..

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Aye, jolly times ahead! Thank ye, mate.

Ginny Ivey

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This is so great!!!! I can’t wait to show the dictionary to me scallywags. Me hearties may even come up with a sea shanty or two. ARRRRRR!!!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Have some jolly times with these, Ginny!

Kim

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Thank you for the great idea! Looks like fun!

Jennifer Herrin

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My son loves learning about pirates! Thanks for the ideas!

Jena

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My little landlubber loves a good pirate book.

Chelsie Ashley

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I love these ideas! We are only on Level 1, but I’m glad to have these ideas in my back pocket. 😊

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you’ll have these ideas available when you are ready for them, Chelsie!

Shannon Culp

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We are studying explorers and pirates. This idea will be a great addition and tore things together across subjects nicely.

Lisa Jenkins

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Love it! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Lisa!

Andrea D

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My little pirates will love these activities! So fun.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad your little ones will enjoy these, Andrea!

Amanda

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These look so much fun! I know all my kids (mostly boys) will love it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you all have lots of fun with these activities, Amanda!

Melissa

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Love the pirate book list!

Melanie Ray

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My guy will love these activities!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear, Melanie!

Jessica Cauller

says:

So fun!

Paula Stewart

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Ahoy Matey! My oldest grandchildren loved pretending they where pirates every time I took them to the local park. Can’t tell you how many times my granddaughter made her brother walk the plank. LOL

Paula Stewart

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My oldest grandchildren loved pretending they where pirates every time I took them to the local park.

Christy

says:

This looks so fun.

Rosamalia Glover

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Rrr timber me love me some books a la carte.

Heidi Edmonds

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Looks fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Heidi!

sarah cappuccino

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This looks like something my youngest would enjoy!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Glad to hear it, Sarah!

Zan Elizabeth Jemison

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This is so typical for our family – we love a good pirate game, and have even spent one weekend everyone designing and making their own pirate hats. Reading and spelling is something our youngest struggle with so we have loved your ideas and now play bananagrams, apples to apples junior as well – Sunday night family game night!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

It sounds like you have lots a fun in your home making hats and family game nights!

Jamie

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This looks like it is much needed in my home. So greatful for the program it has changed our lives!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful, Jamie!

Pamela

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Very interested in learning more

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Do you have any questions, Pamela? I’m happy to help.

We have a good overview video here to get you started (just scroll down a bit).

Wendy

says:

Aarrr, matey, the lads and lasses here do be fluent in pirate-speak!

Shelley

says:

Great ideas!

Penny

says:

Love your content!

Adrian

says:

Ahoy matey ! 🏴‍☠️

Joanna S

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Yargh! Shiver me spelling!

Pamela HANSEN

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Ahoy thar matie’s!