Making Summer Learning Fun: Pirate Treasure Hunt

We continued our summer school fun with a pirate week, upon my little one’s request.  We have complete several pirate-themed units, so I had to recycle some of our sit-down activities.  But I was able to find a few new worksheets to keep things interesting.


I found several fun worksheets and games on Twinkl, including a pirate addition sheet, pirate dot-to-dot, pirate create-a-face, and pirate tic-tac-toe.  We also used some pages from pirate printable packs at Homeschool Creations and 1+1+1=1.  I also created some pirate see and spell words to use with letter tiles.


Our fun activity this week came from Fun A Day: exploding pirate treasure chests!  To make the fizzing chests, I mixed baking soda and water to create paste, then added some lemon Jell-O to add coloring and scent.  Lemon wasn’t a good choice because the color wasn’t very vibrant, but was the only flavor I had in the pantry.  Make sure you use plenty of baking soda to get the fizzing effect.  Once you have your mixture ready, pour it into an ice cube tray, add the “treasure” (we used pennies and plastic jewels) and freeze.


Then, use vinegar to fizz the ice from the treasure or hot water to melt it away.

Here are a few other pirate-related activities to keep learning during the summer:

Sinking Ship experiment from Kids Activities Blog

Magic Treasure Rocks from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Sink or Float? Pirate Style from Science Sparks