Coolest Kid Birthday Parties

Capture the Pirate Flag Pirate Birthday Party Activity

by Cindi W
(Bryan, Ohio)

1. Take black 9x12 construction paper, about 12 to 15 pieces, and draw or glue "skull and crossbones" on each.

2. Lay each "flag" on the floor in a large circle, one for each player MINUS one. If there are 10 kids, you'll need 9 flags.

3. Now play the game like you would Musical Chairs. The kids walk around the flags to the music (we used pirate themed kids songs), then jump or sit on a flag when the music stops.

4. Whoever doesn't have a flag to sit on is out, and you take one flag away.

5. Keep playing this way until only one child is left sitting on a flag!

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Marshmallow Catapult Pirate Party Game

by Marianna
(Canada)

Make a catapult out of a clothes pin and a plastic spoon. Have two groups of kids on opposite sides of the room build a "ship" out of plastic cups by stacking them. Then they each try to use mini marshmallows to catapult across to the other side to knock down the plastic ship. Whichever team knocks down the opposing ship first wins.

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Bobbing for Cannonballs Pirate Party Game

by Robyn Pirie
(A place somewhere...)

Well, here goes!

You get a basin (or kiddie pool) and put cored apples in! All you do is pretend they are cannonballs!

The person who grabbed the most "cannonballs" with their mouths, wins!

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Joe The Bad Pirate Treasure Hunt Game

by Camille
(DR)

A some what normal treasure hunt game, where the kids are driven around and around the house and garden, while hunting for the treasure.
We live in an apartment complex near the beach, so there isn't much room for the kids to go except in our building or around it.

Anyway, this is how I made the clues for the treasure hunt game:

At first, I wrote a little story about Joe William B. the pirate (slightly scary, like he's dead now, and he buried his treasure, and is watching you! He also says he has left his treasure for some boy named Jack or so, and will revenge on anyone else who steals or takes it!)

You can let your fantasy go wild, what's important is that it really looks like some sort of will with slightly faded ink, torn and burned slightly on the edges.

Then, I started tearing/ripping up little pieces of paper to make the clues. They where written in ink and some times in pencil.

This is what I wrote at one point:

"I have moved my treasure to a safer place. Keep looking. TIP: I love relaxing in a cozy hammock/ or: TIP: I love relaxing in a web that is not a web!"
Like a fun story. This clue points to a hammock we have in the garden, where the kids can find another cool clue like:
"Ehm, do you know where I can get a good beer to drink while overlooking the sea? I'm sooo thursty."
Pointing at the bar by the pool, where drinks are stored.
Another clue, says that the kids have to swim in the pool to retrieve a lost clue.
I put the clue into an empty glass maple syrup bottle and let it drop to the bottom.
In there I wrote:
"Help! my ship is on fire! I might not make it to the shore... Black beard the pirate is following me! once you have escaped the sea, run as fast as you can for 50 steps!"

and so on....

Hope you've enjoyed this little text and that your children/child will have a LOVELY BIRTHDAY PARTY!

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Capture the Captain Pirate Party Game

by Adrienne
(Mobile, AL)

The pirates have declared mutiny against the captain! Have one person volunteer to be the designated captain and have them run as fast as they can while the rest of the crew chases them. Whoever captures the captain wins.

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Skull Hunt Pirate Party Game

by Sherl
(Cary, NC)

Hide the skulls all over the yard or inside your house. The child that finds the most skulls wins!

Play this game like an Easter egg hunt.

By the way - Halloween is a great time to buy skull supplies.

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Pirate Hat Activity

by Kelly
(United States)

Get Card stock and make a template for a pirate hat. Have the children decorate their hats. Once done, have the pirates vote on their favorite hat.

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Knock over the ship

by stella
(barrie ont can)

you get a kidde pool fill it with water and then put toy pirate ships in it and then get bean bags and have the pirates the kids try to knock over the ships.

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Gold Coin Hunt Pirate Game

by Madi and Ty
(Denmark)

Similar to the traditional easter egg hunt, hide chocolate gold coins for the children to find. The only rules are no stealing the other's chocolate but most important is to have fun!!

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Sink the Ships

by Diane
(Australia)

Print a picture of a pirate ship on A4 sized sheets of cardboard. Glue a cardboard Tube to the top of the sheet on the back.
Thread the sheets onto string and separate them whith cardboard discs glues to the string on either side so that the pictures are about 40cm apart.
Hang the string like a banner between two poles or trees so that the pictures will rotate over the string. Give each child three cannon balls (tennis balls) and they see how many ships they can scupper.

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