In our last Homeschool Unit Study on pirates I mentioned that I would tell you what the greatest pirate weapon was. Here you go: What was one of the most important pirate weapons of all time? Intimidation! A pirate’s fierce reputation was vital to his success.
They showed up in their ships (see Sail HO!,) raised their pirate flag and that was enough to cause fear and allow them to win—often without a fight. It was indeed a great weapon for them. Their goal was to get what they wanted while doing as little damage as needed. They didn’t want to damage the ship, or the loot they were going after, and they did not want to risk injury to themselves.
All of that said, they did use weapons, and pirate weapons are super interesting to study. There were knifes, swords, guns, grappling hooks, cannons and other weapons I had never heard of (like belaying pin, caltrop and snaphance weapons–have you heard of any of these?) before I became an expert on pirates LOL. I really have learned a lot about these ruthless rogues!
This pirate weapons unit study has it all. You will find weapons (of course), as well as activities, games, books, toys, & DIY. Be sure to check out the videos—they are really neat. The best part about it is that using the resources below leads to a whole lot of fun and learning.
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Homeschool Unit Study: Pirate Weapons:
This History of Pirate Weapons is great. Take a look at all of the different pirate weapons from cannons, to daggers, to bucklers and boarding axes. It also gives alternative names for weapons and the unusual weapons I mentioned in the intro are in there too–in case you were curious. Be sure to click through on the list to see more about the weapons.
Pirate Weapon Books
Take a look at a few of these pirate books to add to your learning. These are winners: Pirate Ships & Weapons and Pirate Gear: Cannons, Swords, and the Jolly Roger (The Real World of Pirates)
Pirate Weapon Videos:
This is a silent video of weapons. Each is named and a small amount of info is provided. Good for getting a close up view of the weapons.
Video on Pirate Weapons. Really quite good and interesting. (fyi: does make reference to chopping of a person’s head during a mock battle.) It is basically a guide showing people how to use pirate weapons and how pirates used them in battle.
Pirate Weapon Games:
This Pirates of the Caribbean Cannon Assault game is fun! Shoot the cannon to attack ships. You need to aim carefully by raising and lowering the cannon to make it shoot the right distance.
Pirate race is a simple game where you race other pirate ships to the treasure. Beware—they are trying to shoot you with the popular pirate weapon–cannons!
Free printable Pirate Weapons Word Search
See our Home School Unit Study: Arr! it be Pirate Games for more fun game playing options.
I like to include play in our unit studies because play is so important to children. I think boys need that extra added time to absorb what they have learned and playing around a bit allows them to do so.
We like these Playmobil sets: Pirates Carrying Case Playset because the sets are detailed, they have weapons and there is a ton of open-ended play possibilities. We also like This set with an Armory. The Red Serpent Pirate Ship is great as well.
Or if you are not into Playmobil, like we are, you could get this Set of 12 Small Plastic Toy Pirates.
We have learned about pirate and played pirates for years now and it is always great to see how many terms and phrases are used in play once we cover a topic. Love that!
Make Your Own Pirate Weapons:
We made a simple pirate hook out of a cup and a twisted up piece of tin foil. Just cut a small slit in the bottom of the cup, shape the tin foil into a hook leaving a longish piece at the bottom, stick the bottom of the hook shape into the slit and tape it in there with duct tape. Your boy sticks his hand in the cup and holds on with the bottom piece of tin foil. Arr!
You could try this Jake and the Neverland Pirates Cardboard Sword. It is actually pretty neat.
This is one great looking felt pirate sword! I love felt, don’t you?
Here is an easy pirate sword made from wood. Great way to get some hands-on carpentry learning in!
I am adding this in for older boys who might want to make a really slick wooden pirate sword. It is quite a lot of work but awesome!
There you have it. A neat pirate weapons homeschool unit study for you and your boy to have some fun with. I am telling you . . . I am a fan of unit studies for anyone who wants to delve into a topic, learn a lot, and have a great time doing so.
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