Vikings Are Pirates Too!!

Welcome to this month’s Poppins Book Nook post.  This month’s theme is Ye Old Pirates!  It was so hard for me to choose a book for this month’s theme because I love pirate-themed stories and we have several, so I put several books from our bookshelves into our book basket and let the children choose.  They chose How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell.

how to be a pirate

I knew they’d picked the right book for a learning adventure when, after the first day’s reading, Rose exclaimed, “Why are they training to be pirates?  Vikings aren’t pirates!!”

So, of course, my first course of action was to prove to her that Vikings were too pirates!!  If you have a child who, like Rose, doubts a book that casts Vikings in the role of pirates, here are some links for learning more about Vikings:

After reading and watching a couple of these, Rose was ready to tell everyone she encountered about how Vikings were pirates.

Much of the book How to Be a Pirate is about finding the treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly, who is an ancestor of the protagonist, Hiccup.  There are booby traps, adventure, near-death and almost certain death along the way, making this the perfect book for children in the 8-12 year old range.  (I enjoyed it too, so definitely use my age range as a loose guideline.)  This is the second book in the How to Train Your Dragon series.  We plan on reading the rest of the books very soon.

Vikings, dragons, and piracy is a theme that we seem to be coming at from multiple angles in our homeschool, and I have several follow-up posts planned.  However, for today, I wanted to share with you a couple of simple Viking crafts and activities that we have done.

Viking Poppins Image

The first Viking activity is to make your own Viking mask!  We started by printing out this template from Hello Kids, backing it with construction paper and using it to make our own masks for play.  (If you’re looking for a pirate mask, they also have one of those as well!)

viking masks

I know you’re probably feeling a little terrified right now.  I would too.  These children look about ready to go out on a raid!  In fact, after making the masks, they pretended to be Vikings for the whole rest of the afternoon!

We also found a sweet Viking printable craft  on DLTK’s website.  We made it too.  Monkey was especially proud of his mighty Thor paper doll.

viking paper doll

They also all spent some time on the School of Dragons website downloading coloring sheets.  Rose and Monkey also made some drawings of Toothless (movie version not the book), as you can see in the collage below.

Firecracker was ready for more of a challenge, so we spent some time looking up You Tube Videos and drawing various dragons mentioned in the book.  His favorite dragon was the Whispering Death, and you can see several examples of it below.

dragon drawings

We also, of course, watched How to Train Your Dragon several times and watched the three or four short cartoons from How to Train Your Dragon that are available on Netflix.  The children even had the opportunity to go see the new How to Train Your Dragon movie with my parents during their Florida vacation last month.

Of course, since this post is just one of the Poppins Book Nook posts on the theme of pirates, you might want to go check out the other co-hosts, especially if you’re looking for something with a different kind of pirate 🙂

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Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Also, don’t forget to enter our giveaway!!

Poppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month weare partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate’s Handbook (recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old)books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!

The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prizes will be issued by Jennifer Altman who is an Usborne consultant. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, it’s your turn to link up your pirate fun!  If you have a post on pirates or pirate books, feel free to come and link up using the link below!


Next month’s theme is “What Will I Be When I Grow Up?”  That’s going to require serious thought on both my and the kids part, so I’m seriously trying to figure that one out right now!!


7 thoughts on “Vikings Are Pirates Too!!

  1. I love the masks! How creative and adorable!
    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  2. We have big kids and little kids here, so either book would be great! We’re going to hit Vikings this year in history, so this would be a perfect addition for us. 🙂

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