Kid’s Pirate Activity and Craft

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Square feature image of a cardboard skeleton, a cardboard treasure chest and six paper clues for a kids pirate treasure hunt.

This fun kid’s pirate activity is great for parents and children to work on together

If you’re looking for a rainy day (or week) activity for kids? Look no further!

My two boys loved making the pirate treasure chests below and we had a treasure hunt at the end of the week — more on that below.

To make the chest, you will need a medium size cardboard box and some craft supplies. Since my kids were young (6 and 11), I did most of the cutting and used clear packing tape to hold it all together.

Cardboard treasure chest.
Cardboard treasure chest.

My youngest wanted to paint his treasure chest so I put down lots of newspaper and gave him Non-Toxic Tempra paints. Then I let him go to town painting his treasure chest inside and out.

The next day I printed out some Spongebob images and “Pirate Beware” art for them to decorate their treasure chests. They did a great job cutting out the images that they wanted to use and my oldest helped his young brother 🙂

Treasure hunt activity with cardboard skeleton to assemble and maps with clues.
Treasure hunt activity with cardboard skeleton to assemble and maps with clues.

At the end of the week, we had a treasure hunt. The kids dressed up like pirates and I gave them maps with clues. I used a paper grocery bag for the maps and each map had a clue that led to one cardboard skeleton bone.

Once they had the entire skeleton together they received their last clue leading to their treasure chests filled with beaded necklaces, dollar store toys, and candy.

Pirate Treasure Hunt - my son with his treasure chest open after the treasure hunt
Pirate Treasure Hunt - Pinterest Pin of maps, finished cardboard treasure chest
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This was such a fun craft and it got us through what seemed like a week of rainy days! If you’re looking for more activities and crafts for kids, check out more ideas below…

More Fun Kid’s Crafts and Activities


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