The Best Pirate Activities Exclusively for SLPs

Are you ready for some Pirate Activities for SLP’s?

This list was made for real Speech-Language Pathologist’s who are working and trying to “do life” at the same time.

Hey there – I see you working hard!

How has therapy been going? Are you still using teletherapy to connect with students? 

If you’re like I was, maybe you’re holding up your favorite cards to the camera and saying, “Can you see it? No? How about now? Oh… Your camera is off? Can you turn it on? Now you can’t hear me? Well… then how are you answering me?”

Have you been searching for Boom Cards by therapy goal?

Are you searching for “past tense verbs” and taking what you can get for free?

Wouldn’t it be so much better if you could have all of your therapy materials relate to each other? Especially free materials!

I’ve Been Planning Therapy in Survival-Mode – Will These Pirate Activities Really Help?

You want your students to be engaged, sure. You also want them to keep using what you teach them when they are talking to their parents, friends, teachers, and pets.

For me, that means talking about things that kids talk about. Pulling up their background knowledge and targeting goals during thematic therapy. 

Picture yourself next week – ready to take on Pirate Week. 

On Sunday, you see a news article about Modern-Day Pirates, so you save it to your phone for later.  (You might have missed that before)

Monday comes and you’re calm and collected, why? You have a plan. 

First, you log on and pull up a couple of videos, a couple of books, and some games. Next, you pull up some free, digital TPT resources related to pirates. 

Your first student shows up on your screen and you say, “Hey! Arrrr you ready to talk about Pirates?”

30 minutes later you have a smile on your face as your student waves goodbye, holding their finger up like a hook, and says “arrrr.”

Wow, you’re an amazing therapist. You get emails from colleagues asking “How do you keep so organized?” and you have parents saying “Can we have them as our SLP?” 

Don’t you feel more relaxed just thinking about it?

How does that sound? If you’re a hot mess express like me, this sounds pretty amazing. Having a theme and a plan can really help to decrease some of that anxiety and imposter syndrome that we all struggle against. 

If you like to have a plan, go over to my Facebook Page and hit the “like” button. I’ll show up on your newsfeed at least once a week to help you plan ahead.

You could always choose to skip that step and then next Monday you’ll be thinking to yourself… “what was that girl’s name? It was a 90’s K name… Kate Katabo?” 

Go ahead, click on this link to like my Facebook Page. It will either open up in a new tab or go right to your Facebook app. Come right back to check out our awesome Pirate activities this week.

Check out the end of this post for a TPT Pirate Freebie Roundup!

Pirate Activities for SLP’s| Books

Arr, Mustache Baby | By Bridget Heos, Joy Ang (Illustrator)

This book is adorable and sweet. I chose it because I am actively trying to increase my anti-racist practices and this story shows a friendship between a Child of Color and a White child. After doing some research, I’ve learned that inter-racial friendships are actually pretty rare. Books like this one help children to visualize these friendships that they may not see in real life. This is a micro-step in the right direction. Who knew that there were anti-racist pirate activities for SLP’s?


  • LISTEN: Have your student listen for their speech sound.
  • REPEAT: Have your student repeat a word from the story with their speech sound.
  • ANSWER: Have your student answer a question with a word that includes their speech sound.
  • RETELL: Have the student retell the story while trying to use their speech sound in connected speech.


  • LISTEN: Have your student listen for a target language form (alternatively, use the story as auditory bombardment for language targets)
  • REPEAT: practice grammar targets.
  • VISUALIZE: Pick a noun from the book and have your student explain the color, shape, size, function, etc. I like to use the EET visual or Visualizing and Verbalizing Key Words.
  • RETELL: Use pictographs to describe what happened in the story. If you have time, have the student practice sequencing and then retelling.


    • What are some things that the babies did that helped them to make friends?
    • What were some things that they did that made others uncomfortable?
    • How should you act in the pool?
    • What kinds of things annoy you when you’re playing with other kids?
    • How would you feel if you were Captain Kid?
    • Which character do you think is the most like you? Why?

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map | James Dean

I’ve mentioned before that we love Pete at our house. He’s a staple in our daily conversations. We love his chill vibes and the moral at the end of each story. I couldn’t leave him out of the fun!

This is yet another great book by James Dean… Does anyone else picture another James Dean when they read these books?

What I like best about this book is that you really get the whole schema of “pirates” from looking at the pictures. The hats, scarves, peg-legs, parrots, etc. You could go to town with the vocabulary related to this theme using this book.


My speech recommendations for book-reading are pretty universal. See what I wrote above.


  • WH- Questions
    • Who are the main characters in the story? (Pete, the Sea Monster, his crew, Grumpy Toad)
    • Who helps Pete and his crew during the storm? (The Sea Monster/ Drummer)
    • Who is on the island? (Grumpy Toad)
    • Who brings Pete the map? (the parrot)
    • Where was the treasure? (on the island)
    • Where did this story take place? (on a Pirate Ship)
    • Where did the Sea Monster live? (in the ocean)
    • What instrument did Pete play? (Guitar)
    • What did the Parrot bring (a map)
    • How did the Sea Monster help Pete and the crew? (by helping them get through the storm)


    • What did Pete do to be a good friend to the Sea Monster?
    • How do you make new friends?
    • How did Pete know that the Sea Monster was a drummer?

Pirate Activities for SLP’s | Videos

How to Talk Like a Pirate

This is an entertaining Pirate Vocabulary video. For your vocabulary intervention groups, this might be a nice way to introduce some vocabulary concepts!

Vocabulary Words

  • Ahoy – Hello
  • Avast – surprise!
  • Landlubber – someone that lives on the land
  • Hoist the main – get the main sail up
  • Swab the deck – mop the floor
  • Hoist the Colours – raise the flag
  • port – left
  • starburd – right
  • All hands on deck – everyone get upstairs, because we’re going to battle!
  • Aye Aye – what you say when given an order
  • Land Ho! – I see land
  • Raise a glass – take a sip
  • Yar – celebratory term

Pirate Jokes

To quote my husband “oh. my. God.” (eye roll). These jokes are CORNY, but fun! These jokes are great for students working on higher-order skills, like inferencing and critical thinking. They also have to have knowledge of homonyms.

Pirate Activities | Games

If you’re still using teletherapy, the games below might be for you (depending on your therapy platform and ability to share your mouse). If you’re back to in-person therapy, check out these Pirate Party Games as an alternative!

Pirate Ship Escape Room

This Digital Pirate Ship Adventure will require some inferencing and critical thinking. It’s perfect for upper elementary and younger middle school students. If you follow my Facebook group, you’ll know that I struggled to make it to the end of this one.

Hungry Pirates

In this game, you navigate around a grid to find treasure. You can discuss direction words, maps, and compasses! It would also be great for following directions.

Snoring Pirates

This game is like Angry Birds, but with cute, round, pirate animals. You have to knock others over by using the physics of the game. I’ll probably use this as a reinforcer between turns.

TPT Freebie Roundup

These pirate activities for SLP’s were created by other SLP’s or educators. I know that they will pair nicely with the books and games I’ve mentioned above!

More Resources for Speech-Language Pathologists

If you loved these Pirate Activiteis for SLP’s, there’s a lot more where that came from! Check out these other resources and get to know our site a little bit more.

  • Overwhelmed by the number of emails you have to send each week? Feel like you’re sending the same email every week? I can help you to simplify your email. You can schedule and use templates on Gmail. Take a look – you will love it!
  • Are you taking on a summer school caseload? This Summer School Guide will help you to provide 6 weeks of themed therapy. There are themes and activities for each week, plus some great FREEBIES.
  • Are you as troubled as I am by your own lack of awareness? My interview with Jackie Rodriguez will help get you on the right path towards Anti-racism for SLP’s. This post has been seen and liked by thousands of Facebook users. Go read it!

2 thoughts on “The Best Pirate Activities Exclusively for SLPs”

  1. Hi, Kayla!

    Thanks so much for sharing my Pirate Mini Unit with your readers! I really appreciate having it included with all of these outstanding resources. 🙂

    The Friday Afternoon Files

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