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Does your first mate ever need a break? Grab this set of pirate exercise cards and help improve your student’s focus with gross motor movements.

What’s Included in the Pirate Exercise Cards?

The file includes twelve cards with these exercises:

  • walk the plank
  • dig for treasure
  • flap like a parrot
  • spin like a wheel
  • swim to the island
  • drop like an anchor
  • sail like a ship
  • roll up like a map
  • look high and low with a spy glass
  • crawl like a stowaway
  • row the rowboat
  • blast like a cannon

Add some enthusiasm while demonstrating the actions, and your students will catch on quickly! The cards are best used with the prompting of a teacher (or group leader–if you want to have one of the kids take the lead).

When you “row the rowboat,” you could pretend that you are being chased by a shark or a gang of pirates. You could also instruct the students to “row slowly” or “row quickly.”

When you “drop like an anchor,” you can decide how many times you drop to the floor and get back up.

When you “look high and low with a spyglass,” you can go up on your tiptoes, look around, and then crouch down on the ground and look around. Consider using big, dramatic movements to help your students get their wiggles out.

How to Use the Pirate Exercise Cards for Kids

  1. Download the file.
  2. Print the cards on cardstock.
  3. If desired, laminate for durability.
  4. Cut out the cards.

You can use the cards in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas:

Put them in a jar. When a student gets the wiggles, let her choose a card and act out the card together as a class.

Hide the cards around the house. When your student needs a break from schoolwork, go on a hunt for a card. Find one (or two or three!) and act out the exercises together.

Create a story together with the cards as prompts. Act through the story together.

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