Treasure for Toddlers/Preschoolers: How to be a Pirate

Yesterday I saw an adorable toddler tell his brother he was sending his paper boats to “Davy Jones’ Locker.” How to be a Pirate (Little Golden Book) by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Nikki Dyson would be a perfect book to share with this pirate-obsessed youngster because it is tightly packed with similar pirate talk as well as swashbuckling adventure.


As she proves once again, Sue Fliess is a master of the fun-filled, fast-paced rhyming text that is so appealing to little ones.

Ahoy, landlubber! Come with me.
Board me ship upon the sea!
Not a pirate? Don’t know how?
Ye can learn to be one now!

The text is paired with Nikki Dyson’s illustrations, which are full of bright colors and movement. Check out the official trailer:



Looking for treasure? Reading How to be a Pirate will reveal the gold is not only on the binding of the book, but also inside.

Activities to accompany the book:

1. Make a paper boat and float like a pirate.

If you don’t have a favorite pattern, Paper Boat has instructions, more links and stories.


paper-boatGrowing with Science has a bathtub buoyancy challenge for older kids. Just try not to send your boats to Davy Jones’ Locker!

2. Dig for buried treasure

What youngster doesn’t love to play in sand? It is also an important sensory/tactile activity. You can add to the enjoyment by burying some pirate treasure a small sandbox or plastic bin full of sand for your child(ren) to find.  Supply plastic sand toys to help with excavation.

Suggestions for treasures for over three year olds (some of these might be choking hazards for children younger than three):

  • gold-painted rocks
  • marbles
  • fake coins
  • plastic gems
  • buttons
  • colorful sea shells
  • bead necklaces

Older kids might enjoy a treasure map and treasure hunt in the sand.

For more ideas, visit:

The Stuff for Junior Pirates page at the Official International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) website

My Pirate Activities for Toddlers/Preschoolers Pinterest page

Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Series: Little Golden Book
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Golden Books (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0449813096
ISBN-13: 978-0449813096

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