I write about boys’ learning over at Brain Power Boy and I am currently writing a large homeschool unit study on pirates.
When I saw that Kelli had some great pirate learning activities on her site, I thought it would be neat to write up a resource of pirate learning activities for younger boys.
I don’t know about your son, but mine has been very into pirates off and on for many years. It is certainly a fun thing to study. I know more about pirates that the average mom!
I found a lot of activities that are easy to set up and will keep a young buccaneer’s attention. All of the activities I share have a learning aspect to them.
You will find a bit of pirate science, math, literacy and even ways to learn map skills. You and your boys will have a whole lot of pirate fun! I hope you enjoy this resource.
Homeschool Unit Study Pirates for Preschool Boys
We will start out with a science one that I just know boys are going to love . . . Exploding Treasure Chests! (don’t worry moms, they really do more fizzing than actual exploding)
As I said in the intro, Kelli has some nice pirate printables on her site. Here is a list of my favorites:
Cover literacy and mapping skills with this Pirate Map & Treasure Hunt Activity. Make a map by following the directions given and then have a treasure hunt. I am especially fond of the pirate map of your own backyard. There is so much learning in this one fun activity. I’m sure your boy will love it!
Introduce or review the Compass Rose. You could certainly decorate this in a piratey style. They used Velcro to make this a reusable activity—I would likely just use Post-it notes. For younger kids stick with north, south, east and west.
Storytelling is a wonderful learning tool. This Pirate Island Playdough activity is really neat. They even made a batch of black, sparkly playdough! Very cool.
Last but not least, Make Your Own Compass. This is very easy to set up and really interesting for boys to try.
Pirates are super popular with boys. So much learning happens in a fun, hands-on, natural way while exploring this pirate homeschool unit study topic. I hope you are inspired to try a few of these activities with your boy.
You might also like:
- Pirate Books for Young Buccaneers
- Pirate Printable: Cutting Practice
- Homeschool Unit Study: Pirates
- Draw Your Own Pirate Chest
Does your boy like pirates? What do you think his favorite activity will be?