All my children loved preschool and reception when it was pirate themed so I’ve pulled together all my pirate themed science activities and pirate sensory ideas into one place. Most of these were tested with my daughter’s YR class. They loved testing the little bags to see which kept pirate treasure driest and making treasure maps was very popular too. We even ended the term by making a huge cardboard pirate ship outside which we covered with different materials and sprayed with water to see which was the most waterproof.
Pirate themed science activities
Make some old looking paper with tea or coffee and create a pirate treasure map.
Leave a coded message in a bottle for a friend to find.
Clean pirate coins and hide them in a baking soda “rock”. Add a little vinegar to reveal the coins!
Build pirate play swords with different materials to discover which is the strongest.
Experiment to find the best material to protect pirate coins from getting wet.
Draw a pirate ship ( or make one from recycled materials ) and cover it with different materials. Spray with water to investigate which are the most waterproof!
Try some pirate sinking and floating. Does pirate treasure sink or float?
Learn about push and pull forces with this pirate play dough.
Introduce the concept of magnetism with these pirate magnet bottles.
Make your own compass using a magnet and a needle!
Finally, how about making and testing pirate boats?
Can you think of any more pirate science activities for us?
You might also like my collection of Julia Donaldson science activities!