Like princesses and super heroes, pirates are popular with kids of all ages. Why not take your child’s love for pirates and use it as a theme for craft projects? He’ll actually want to sit down and get creative when he gets to make pirate-themed masterpieces.
Paper Plate Pirate
The round shape of paper plates gives you the basis for a pirate’s face. You child gets to add all of the details to make the paper plate look just like a pirate. Start by painting the plate to the desired skin color for the pirate. Let your child match his own skin color or come up with a different color scheme.
Next he needs the details. One large googly eye and an eye patch cut from paper work well. Draw in a mouth and nose. Cut a pirate’s hat from construction paper and glue it to the top. Your child can make hair from paper or yarn. Don’t forget the pirate’s earring. Use a metal ring or cut a ring from yellow paper to glue to the side of the paper plate.
Every pirate needs his treasure. Let your child decorate his own treasure box. You can use a small cardboard box — a shoe box is perfect — or cut out a treasure box shape from brown paper. If you use the shoe box idea, let your child paint the box to look like a treasure box. Cut out details, such as hinges for the lid, from construction paper. Add fake jewels, gems and bead necklaces inside the box. For a paper version, have your child glue sequins, beads and gems to the paper.
Homemade pirate props engage your child’s imagination and give him the inspiration for pretend play. Making a looking glass from a paper towel tube. Let him paint and decorate the tube as desired. A piece of black craft foam and stretchy cord work well for a homemade eye patch. Let your child glue on decorations to customize the patch. A plastic cup and a long, rolled up piece of tin foil shaped like a hook work well for a pirate hand hook. And don’t forget the hat. Cut out a pirate hat shape from paper. Cut a long strip of paper as a headband. Glue the hat to the headband.
The ship is another classic symbol of the pirate. Let your child create his own pirate ship. For a flat version, cut shapes out of construction paper to make the pirate ship. Paint a piece of paper blue to make it look like the sea. Glue on the shapes to construct a pirate ship on the paper.
For a 3D version, use a small box, such as a cardboard milk carton turned on its side to make the ship. Cut off the top side to make an open ship. Add straws as masts with paper sails glued to them.
Aye Aye Captain
Coming up with creative pirate crafts shows your kids that you are the captain of fun. Any pirate-loving kid will become immersed in these crafts for hours of entertainment.