Coolest Kid Birthday Parties

Pop The Canon Ball Pirate Game

by Samara
(Melbourne, Australia)

Blow up a large amount of black balloons, approx 2-3 per child playing. In a couple of the balloons (before blowing them up) put a piece of paper that says WINNER on it, into the balloons.
The aim of the game is for the children to sit on the balloons (canon balls) and pop them, the children who get to pop the balloons with the paper in them, wins a prize.

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Protect Your Pirate Flag Game

by Amanda Moore
(North Carolina)

Get 2 pirate flags - a red and black one (or 2 different colors).
Divide the kids into 2 teams. Have them decorate the flags. Stick the pirate flags in the ground on 2 different sides of the yard. Then have them try and get each others flag (but at the same time the kids have to try and protect their own team's flag as well). The team who gets the other team's flag wins.

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Cannon Ball Toss Pirate Party Game

by Polkadots Parties for little People
(Brisbane Queensland)

Fill a black balloon with water. The children stand in a circle and throw the balloon as quick as they can without dropping the cannon ball ... BANG.

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Blind Man's Bluff Pirate Party Game

by Simone Draper-Efron
(Brooklyn, NY)

All you need is a blindfold!

Have the birthday child be the "blind man," and blindfold him or her. Have the other children join hands and form a circle around the blind man. The players should then start moving in a circle around the blind man while singing:

"Three Blind Mice, Three Blind Mice;
See how they run! See how they run!
They all ran after the pirate's wife,
Who cut off their tales with a carving knife.
Have you ever seen such a sight in your life,
As Three Blind Mice?"

When the verse stops, the blind man points in the direction of a child and guesses a name. If the blind man guesses correctly, he or she trades places with the other child. If not, the child steps into the circle with the blind man so the blind man can try to catch him or her.

Once the blind man catches the player, he or she must try to identify the child by touching his or her face, hair, or clothing. If the blind man guesses correctly, they switch places. If not, the blind man stays in the center for another round.

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Pin the Treasure on the Map Pirate Activity

by Sara Routhier
(Barre, Vermont)

This is an adaptation of "Pin the Tail on the donkey".
On a Large piece of Oak Tag or cardboard, draw a large Treasure Map, with an Island in the middle, and Ocean on all sides. Include sea-serpents, pirate ships, palm-trees and pirates on the map (don't forget the X!). Also, draw a N/S/E/W compass on the bottom corner. Using 4/6 index cards, Draw or Print out Treasure chests using different colors, and attach small pieces of tape, or tape flat thumb-tacks to the back (for small pirates, stick with tape!)
Have your guests wear a bandanna over their eyes, and spin them around, facing them towards the Map. Whoever "pins" their Treasure closest to the X wins! (for smaller pirates, whoever gets their "treasure" on the island gets a prize! more prizes = happier kids)

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Skull Toss Water Balloon Game

by Morgan
(United States of America)

Have the kids divide into two person teams and line up in two lines facing each other. Fill up some balloons with water and draw skulls on them with markers. Toss the water balloons back and forth-- each toss taking one step back. The team whose skull water balloon didn't pop, gets a prize.

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Goodies Treasure Hunt Pirate Activity

by Yasmin Pehlvi
(Milton, Ontario, Canada)

You give each kid a map you made with pictures of objects around your house, for example, under bed, behind sofa... and put chocolate coins or other surprises in those spots. The kids will take turns going to a place on the map and will come back to the "ship" with chocolate/surprises for everyone!(put different objects in each spot so you might not need to give a gift bag at the end cause they will already have lots of goodies to munch on!)

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Bubble Swordfight Activity

Issue a fake (preferably) foam sword to every party-goer on arrival (or create your owns out of long balloons, this site has instructions for making a sword balloon: http://www.coolest-kid-birthday-parties.com/balloon-animal-instructions.html).

Have 2 or 3 adults blowing bubbles with bubble liquid and bubble wands in the yard. The kids puncture the bubbles with their swords rather than sword fighting with each other. Works great and keeps everyone happy until the last guest arrives!

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Pin The Tail on the Crocodile

by Alison
(Herts)

Pin The Tale on The Crocodile (a simple game). The nearest wins a prize! Nice and easy!!

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Ships Captain Pirate Game

by Lauren
(South Coast, UK)

One player is chosen as the captain. S/he calls out orders to the rest of the players who are the crew. If a player does not follow an order correctly, s/he is OUT. (The decision of who is out is made by the captain who is always right).

Orders:

"To the ship": run to the captain's right.

"To the island": run to the captain's left.

"Hit the deck": lay down on your stomach (or if players don't want to get dirty, they can crouch down).

"Attention on deck": salute and yell, "Aye, aye captain!" -- players may not move now until the captain gives the order of, "At ease!" (i.e. even if the captain gives a different order such as "to the ship" the crew must continue to remain at attention until told "at ease").

"Three men in a boat": the crew must form groups of three and sing "Row, row, row your boat" Anybody who is not in a group of three is out.

"The love boat": crew members grab a partner and dance. Anybody without a partner is out.

"Clear the deck": everyone must have their feet up off the floor.

"Scrub the deck": everyone on their knees scrubbing.

"Captain's Quarters": everyone run towards the captain.

"Man-over-board": Players must find a partner as quickly as possible. One partner must lay on their stomach while the other places their foot on their partner's back. Children without a partner or pairs that are too slow are eliminated.

"A Periscope": Every player falls on their back and sticks one leg in the air. The last ones are eliminated.

"SHARK!": Everyone must run to a designated base (multiple bases can be used). The last player to the base is eliminated.

"Crow's nest": All players must find a partner. The lightest player rides on their partner's back. Those without partners or who assemble the crow's nest too slowly are eliminated.

"Three maids in a row": Children form groups of three and sit in a vertical row. The players who are the odd-man-out are eliminated.

"Sick turtle": Everyone falls onto their backs and waves hands and feet in the air.

"Bow": Run to the front of the boat.

"Stern": Run to the back.

"Port": Run to the left side of the boat.

"Starboard": Run to the right side of the boat.

"Row the Boat": Each player finds a partner, sits face to face, holds hands, and pretends to row a boat. Players who can't find partners or who are too slow are eliminated.


Alternative rules: If playing in a pool, all of the orders stay the same except for "hit the deck" which becomes "walk the plank." This means that crew members must bob underwater.

To make the game less competitive, players do not get "out." Instead, if the captain notices that they do not follow an order, they must stand out for a count of 20.

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