Fun Pirate Themed Party Games for Little Kids

by Krystal Miller
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Prepare some "Arghhhh-citing" games for your child's pirate party.

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When planning a pirate-themed party for kids, prepare some games that will have the guests shouting "Ahoy, me hearties." Games will keep the children entertained and give them a chance to win some pirate-themed prizes, such as eye patches and toy parrots, to take home as mementos of the party. All you need are a few supplies to plan pirate party games for children.

Hunt Games

The children find their own party favors on a pirate hunt. Hide pirate-themed party favors all over the play area and give each child a bag. The children must hunt for the "pirate treasures." The child who finds the most favors wins an additional prize. All children can take their favors home. For added fun, mark a star on the bottom of a couple of the favors. The kids who find these favors also win an additional prize.

Relay Races

Inflate several black balloons and divide the children into two teams. Give each player on each team a black balloon, also known as a "cannonball." When you say "Go," the first player in each team line must take his "cannonball" to a line marked 20 feet away and pop it. After he pops it, he races back to tag the next player in line. Each player must do the same thing. The first team to finish wins the race. For another relay race, have the players on each team put on a pirate costume and race to and from a line marked about 20 feet away. One player puts on the costume, races to the line and back to hand it to the next player. The first team to finish wins.

Tossing Games

Decorate a cardboard box to resemble a treasure chest. Cut holes in the top of the treasure chest and have players try to toss large rhinestone gems, which are available at your local craft store, into the box. Award a small prize to each player who makes a gem in the box. For another tossing game, paint or decorate a box to resemble a pirate ship. Cut holes in the box and have the players try to toss small black rubber balls (cannonballs) into the ship.

Classic Games

Instead of "Hot Potato," put a pirate twist on the classic game and call it "Hot Pirate." The children pass a plush pirate or a pirate hat around the circle while music plays. The player holding the pirate item when the music stops is out of the game. The last player remaining in the game wins the pirate item. Alternatively, play "Musical Cannonballs" instead of "Musical Chairs" and "Pin the X on the Treasure Map" instead of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey."

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