Creating a Pirate Themed Dramatic Play Center

Hello/Bonjour!

Today I want to show you how I create a pirate themed dramatic play center. In my last post seen here, I talked about how to set-up a castle/Kingdom themed dramatic play center. 

As I mentioned before, I love dramatic play as it is an excellent way to foster communication, socialization, imagination and literacy/math skills. 

To create this center I usually source the following materials from parents, donations, yard sales, dollar stores and thrift stores:
* fabric for bandanas
*Halloween pirate costumes
*gold coins/jewels for treasure
*paper maps (laminate for use each year)
*stuffed parrots
*fabric flags
*treasure box
*mops for swabbing the deck
*blue tarp or fabric for water
*compass
*sand for sensory bin

Each year we co-create items together with materials in the classroom:

*construction paper and string for eye patches
*construction paper for pirate hats and flags
*cardboard boxes to create pirate ship
*paint for decorating ship

The pictures below show how I supplement my dramatic play center with items from my dramatic play pirates set. This set is available in French and English and provides many extra literacy and math activities as well as signage, crafts and decorations to make the center even more engaging. The pictures show pieces from both the English and French versions.  

For this activity students use the provided map pieces to create their own treasure map. They can color the pieces and cut them out. If you want to create one map for the center just laminate the pieces and apply sticky tack to the back so your students can re-use.

For this activity students use the provided map pieces to create their own treasure map. They can color the pieces and cut them out. If you want to create one map for the center just laminate the pieces and apply sticky tack to the back so your students can re-use.

These fun printables are included in the set and can be used as part of an accompanying craft center. Once students decorate and cut out their hats and flags they can keep them for use in the dramatic play center. To keep the flag upright, first glue it onto a piece of sturdy paper before cutting. 

These fun printables are included in the set and can be used as part of an accompanying craft center. Once students decorate and cut out their hats and flags they can keep them for use in the dramatic play center. To keep the flag upright, first glue it onto a piece of sturdy paper before cutting. 

This is one of two activities that you can use with the included alphabet letters. I like to use them in a sensory bin that is the same theme as the dramatic play center. You could also hide them around the room. This bin was easy to prepare as I buried the cards and some treasures in the sand. This activity is the easier of the two as students need to find and circle the letters of the alphabet and find the special golden coin card. 

This is one of two activities that you can use with the included alphabet letters. I like to use them in a sensory bin that is the same theme as the dramatic play center. You could also hide them around the room. This bin was easy to prepare as I buried the cards and some treasures in the sand. This activity is the easier of the two as students need to find and circle the letters of the alphabet and find the special golden coin card. 

In the second alphabet activity students count the number of each item on the cards. They then use the included vocabulary cards to record the items and the number on the recording sheet. This sheet is a little more advanced as students need to write words and count the cards. 

In the second alphabet activity students count the number of each item on the cards. They then use the included vocabulary cards to record the items and the number on the recording sheet. This sheet is a little more advanced as students need to write words and count the cards. 

I like to use these welcome signs to signal when the dramatic play center is open and when it is closed for play. 

I like to use these welcome signs to signal when the dramatic play center is open and when it is closed for play. 

To see more of whats included in the Dramatic Play Pirates set you can check out the set in English or French. There is more included such as job tags, pirate duties, directional signs, and a pirate store. 

I hope that this post helps with ideas for a pirate themed dramatic play center. Let me know in the comments if you have other ideas to use for pirate themed dramatic play.

Thanks for reading, 

Penny