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Talk Like A Pirate Day

September 19th 2019| Michael Mountford
September 19th 2019 |

Talk Like A Pirate Day

What started out as an inside joke between two friends in Albany, Oregon whilst playing Racquetball has now turned into a worldwide viral sensation that completely takes over the internet for the entirety of the 19th of September every year since 2002.

For seven years we celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day pretty much on our own

John Buar – Co-Creator of TLAPD

Mark and John (creators of TLAPD) have actually created a website that goes through how the day started and how it turned from a group of friends to a worldwide day.

Take a look below 🙂

Classroom Dress Up

Pirates never were ones to keep to social norms so why should their attire. Go crazy and show off your creative side; even if it’s just drawing a logo on an eyepatch or designing a pirate hat. Why not take a look at these inspirational costume designs and have a go at making your own.

Treasure Hunt

Pirates are known for their treasure hunting skills. Using our very own Advanced Co-Ordinates Resource, test your skills and see if you can solve the mystery and find the hidden treasure.

advanced co-ordinates game

Talk Like a Pirate

Arguably the most famous aspect of any pirate has to be their unmistakable dialect. A good way to involve the entire class and get them engaged is to encourage them to talk in a pirate dialect and accent.

Here’s a very good video explaining how to talk like a pirate.

Sea Shanties

A big piece of a pirates legacy is the songs (or shanties as they are more commonly know) which were created during the long voyages that they undertook throughout their entire lives.

Here are just a few selections of some of our personal favourites:

Pirates Movies and TV Shows

The Golden Age of Piracy was in the 17th and 18th century and during this time it is said that there were more than 5000 pirates at sea. The truth behind their history is somewhat scrambled and uncertain however numerous films and TV shows have been made to try and re-create as well as re-imagine what some of their voyages were like.

Have a look below at a list of some of my personal favourites which we’re sure will help kids engage with this topic even more.

As an added twist, why not try and get the kids to re-enact some of their favourite scenes, give the children time to practice their pirate accent.

Arts and Crafts

One of the best ways to get kids to engage with a subject is to add an arts and crafts element to the lesson.

After watching this video or maybe looking at various images of pirate ships, get your kids to design their own pirate ships and even using this video below try and make it a reality using crafting materials.

Also, take a look at this site which houses a bunch of fun easy science experiments which you can perform in the home as well as the classroom.


We’ve got resources a’plenty when it comes to pirates, and I’ve picked out a handful to help get you started

Pirate Classroom Area Signs

pirate classroom area signs

A PDF containing a set of 9 pirate or beach themed signs for the different areas within your classroom.

The pack includes signs for your reading corner, role-play area, writing area, sand and water areas, listening station, maths zone, outdoor area and creative area.

Pirate Classroom Labels

pirate classroom equipment labels

A PDF containing a set of 48 pirate or beach themed labels to highlight the everyday resources in your classroom.

The pack includes labels such as: pencils, rulers, whiteboards, glue sticks, scissors, number lines, dice, paper and more.

Our 5 Pirate Rules

A wonderfully fun way to encourage great behaviour in your classroom

This poster has a pirate theme that will appeal to your young pupils encouraging them to be punctual, respectful and prepared to learn on a daily basis.

We have a whole catalogue of pirate-themed resources available on our site, make sure to have a look and get your classroom ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

After all of these great pieces of inspiration; make sure to give your parrot an eye patch, go out to your ship, practice your pirate talk and increase your crew size by helping teach young cabin boys and girls about the exciting world of Pirates.

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