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How I Became a Pirate - Storytime Online

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long!

Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, June 1st (today), the kits are available to pick up for our online storytime for the whole month!

Enjoy a FREE copy of the book, and have fun doing the activities.

Everything is yours to keep!

"How I Became a Pirate" by Melinda Long

“Pirates have green teeth — when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view. So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don’t tuck.”

Watch the author read her story on YouTube! She did such a great job; we hope you enjoy her reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a FREE copy of How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored carrots)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 4 activity pages

  • 3 coloring pages

  • bookmark page

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (instrument included)

  • Pirate Ship craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included ship handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the red ship?

Red ship, red ship?

Can you show me the red ship?

And wave it in the air?

Brown… yellow… white… black

Hold It High – Choose one ship from handouts

Hold your ship high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your ship below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your ship against your nose

Now touch the ship to your toes

Touch your ship to the ground

Now wave that ship all around!

Hold your ship in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your ship and jump up high!

Now let your ship fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments

Adventure of Pirates by Pinkfong

If You Want to Be a Pirate by the Kiboomers

Over the Deep Blue Sea by Super Simple Songs

Come Sail Away With Me! by Miss Patty

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

The Day I Went to Sea

I jumped up high

(bounce child up high)

And waved goodbye

(help child wave)

The day I went to sea.

I jumped aboard a pirate ship

(bounce child up high)

And the captain said to me:

We’re going this way

(lean and sway to the right)

And that way

(lean and sway to the left)

And forward

(rock forward)

And backward

(rock backward)

Upon the deep blue sea.


The Pirates on the Sea

(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

The pirates on the sea

The pirates on the sea

Yo, ho, yo, ho

The pirates on the sea.

They’re sailing on their ships…

(rock back & forth)

They’re looking for some gold…

(hand above eye, look around)

I Am a Pirate

(Tune: “Down By the Station”)

I am a pirate sailing on the ocean

Looking for treasure everywhere I go

And when I see it, I am going to shout out

“Ahoy there, maties!

Yo, ho, ho!”

Pirate Zoom Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom

(brush hands together)

We’re hunting for doubloons

(hold hand like a visor over your eyes)

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re hunting for doubloons

If you want to take a trip

Climb aboard my pirate ship and

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re hunting for doubloons

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…


Five Scurvy Pirates

Five scurvy pirates standing on the shore,

One went on a search and that left four.

Four scurvy pirates sailing out to sea,

One went for a swim and that left three.

Three scurvy pirates out on the ocean blue,

One walked the plank and that left two.

Two scurvy pirates having tons of fun,

One went below deck and that left one.

One scurvy pirate, tired and alone,

He turned the ship around and sailed for home.

I’m a Little Pirate

(Tune: “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little pirate, short and stout

(indicate short and wide)

Here is my hook; you’d better watch out

(hold up bent finger for “hook”)

Even with an eye patch, I can see

(cover one eye)

All the treasure there for me!

(hands out, then to self)


Author Melinda Long’s site:

Artist David Shannon’s site:

Let us know what your little ones thought of How I Became a Pirate! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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