Awesome Pirate Games For Kids

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Here’s our really cool list of birthday party pirate games:

Feed the Shark Musical Islands Pass the Cannonball
Swab The Decks Here Comes The Captain! Cannonball Sea Battle
Mutiny On The High Seas Walk The Plank Captain Hook
“Hook” The Treasure Buried Doubloon Hunt Pirate Treasure Hunt Game

Stick The Pirate On The Treasure Map

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Feed the Shark

This carnival type game is a one of the favorite pirate games for young kids.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Pirate Games For Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • A cardboard box with a shark’s face on it. The shark’s mouth should be a large hole.
  • A jump rope or piece of string.
  • 3 bean bags or crumpled of pieces of newspaper.

How to play:

  1. Depending on the size of the box you use, you may need to stand the box on a stool or a low table. Position the box so that the shark’s open mouth faces out.
  2. Mark the play line with a piece of string a few feet from the shark.
  3. Ask each kid “Can you feed the shark?” Have the kids stand behind the play line and take turns throwing the balls into the shark’s mouth.
  4. After each kid feeds the shark, give them some pirate party booty just for playing the game.

Variations:

  • You can also draw a shark’s on a flat piece of cardboard and lean the shark on an angle against a wall or the back of a chair.
  • Adapt this game for older kids by making it more difficult. Just make the distance between the start line and the shark greater.

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Musical Islands

This pirate game is based on that old favorite kids game Musical Chairs.

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games For Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • Music and a music player (e.g.: CD player or tape deck).
  • A variety island shapes cut out of cardboard (about 2ft. by 4 ft.) – make one for each kid, and number them.
  • Number written on individual pieces of paper.
  • A pirate hat or a loot bag to put the numbers in.

How to play:

  1. Arrange the numbered islands on the floor all around the room.
  2. Turn on the music and have the kids walk from one island to the next.
  3. When the music stops a number is drawn from the hat and the kid standing on that numbered island is banished!
  4. Continue playing the game taking away one island at a time until there is only one island left. The last seafaring pirate standing on that island wins the game.

Variations:

  • Here’s a similar non-competitive preschool birthday party game where no one has to “sit out.” It actually encourages sharing which is great for this age group. Just tweak it ever so slightly to turn it into a cool pirate game.

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Pass the Cannonball

This is a variation of Hot Potato one the most beloved party games for kids called “Hot Potato” one the most beloved party games for kids. Just pick a pirate related item (preferably soft and easy to grab) for the kids to pass around.

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Swab The Decks

This very funny pirate game that’s not as easy as it looks!

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Party Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • A space with lots of open floor space.
  • 10 ping pong balls (a different color for each crew)
  • 2 brooms

How to Play:

  1. Divide the kids into two crews (or teams). Have each Team captain split their crews in half and send one half of the team to the opposite side of the room.
  2. Give the first kid on each team a broom and five ping pong balls.
  3. On the word “Go!,” the first two kids from each crew must sweep their balls to the other side of the room.
  4. Once they get there, they give their broom to the next crew member and they herd the balls back to the other side.
  5. The game continues like this until every pirate has had a turn. The team that finishes first wins the game.

Variations:

  • To make the game easier – reduce the number of balls or use larger balls.
  • To make it more challenging – label one ball from each team the crew “mascot” and have each team try to steal their opponents mascot while racing to complete the course!

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Here Comes The Captain!

Does your Captain need to choose a first mate? Play this pirate game and it’ll get the job done!

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • A large play area.
  • Chalk or two long lengths of rope.

How to play:

  1. Use either chalk or rope to make two parallel lines on the ground at least 20 feet apart to define the boundaries of the pirate ship.
  2. Choose one person (an adult) to be the Captain.
  3. When the Captain gives a command to the Crew they must obey immediately.
  4. Here are some typical Captain’s commands with the appropriate crew responses:
    • Here Comes The Captain!: Stand very still without moving in a salute.
    • Swab the Deck: Get down on your hands and knees and pretend to scrub the floor.
    • Starboard Side: Run to the right side of the deck.
    • Port Side: Run to the left side of the deck.
    • Man Overboard!: Find a partner and grab onto them.
  5. The Captain starts the game by giving the first command and continues to give orders like all Captains do.
  6. If the Captain gives another before the crew members have completed the last order, they each must stop and immediately follow the new order.
  7. Any crew member who continues following the previous command is out of the game.
  8. The game continues like this until one crew member is left, the win the game and earn the title of first mate!
  9. Before the game starts make sure that everyone understands the commands.

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Cannonball Sea Battle

This cannonball pirate game will have two pirate crews battling it out in this game of skill.

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 beanbags (black is a good color!)
  • An assortment targets (pirate clip art printed out from the Internet).
  • String or tape.

How to play:

  1. Divide the kids into two pirate crews (or teams).
  2. Assign points to each of the clip art pirate targets. (i.e.: islands 5 pts., pirate ships 10 pts., sharks 2 pt., nasty storms deduct 5 pts, it’s never good to be at sea when a violent storm is approaching!) You can make the game harder or easier by having the pirates stand farther or closer to the game. Or by putting the targets closer or farther apart.
  3. Use string or tape to mark a toe line (the place kids will stand to play the game).
  4. One at a time, have a kid from each crew stand at the toe line and take turns tossing the beanbags (give each kid three tries).
  5. Keep alternating between crews until each pirate has had a turn.
  6. The crew that earned the most points wins the game.

Variations:

  • To really challenge your pirate crews have them turn around and launch their cannonballs over their heads (No peaking of course!). Try this if you need a tie breaker.

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Mutiny On The High Seas

Here’s a pirate game that puts a swashbuckling twist on a traditional game of hide and seek.

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games for Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • A large outdoor play area

How to play:

  1. Designate a place to be the Captains post. (You may want to hang a pirate’s flag there to make it more noticeable.)
  2. Choose one kid to be the Captain and another to be the First Mate. Everyone else is the crew.
  3. Start the game by giving the Captain a chance to hide somewhere while the Crew counts to 10.
  4. When the crew reaches 10 they have to start searching for the Captain.
  5. The Captain must sneak around avoiding the crew while attempting to get back to his post.
  6. If the Captain gets back his post without being tagged by any of his crew, then the Captain wins.
  7. If the Crew tags the Captain, the First Mate is now the Captain and the game starts all over again.

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Walk The Plank

This pirate game is really easy to adapt for any age group (don’t miss the variations below).

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games For Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • Cement blocks
  • 2×4 boards (one to three of them)
  • Blue plastic tarp or blanket
  • Small plastic crocodiles or sharks ( To make crocs paint wooden clothespins green and glue on those crazy movable craft eyes.)
  • 2 jolly roger flags

How to play:

1. Lay the blue tarp on the ground. Then Support the 2×4 a few inches off the ground with cement blocks on the tarp. Make sure it’s level and secure. Place the crocodile or sharks on the blue tarp.
2. Divide the kids into two teams.
3. Each kid must try to “Walk the Plank” without falling off.
4. Beginning with the easiest challenge, have the kids walk straight across the board without stepping off into the “sea.”
5. Next increase the difficulty level (see variations below)Award 5 pts. to each kid that successfully walks the plank and deduct one point every time more than a toe touches the ground.
6. After everyone has had a turn, add up the points for each team. The team with the most points wins.

Variations:

  • Have them try it backwards, side ways, hopping, without using their arms for balance, with weight on both arms to obscure balance, passing over an obstacle set in the middle, and of course the ultimate challenge — blindfolded!
  • Skew several boards so that they meet at odd angles have them try this variation backwards or blindfolded , too!
  • Set a time limit this always makes it more challenging.

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Captain Hook

This is a really fun pirate game where kid’s can pretend to be just like the famous Captain Hook.

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games For Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • Large plastic beverage cups (one for each kid)
  • Candy canes (one for each kid) – have some extra on hand incase a few break.
  • A large bowl of hard pretzels (the kind with holes the can be “hooked”)

How to play:

  1. Cut a small “X ” in the bottom of cup. Then push a candy cane through the bottom of each cup.
  2. Have the kids line up, and take turns seeing who can hook the most pretzels in 60 seconds.
  3. The kid who “hooks” with the most pretzels wins the game.

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“Hook” The Treasure

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games For Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Treasure chests (you can decorate cardboard boxes or Styrofoam coolers.)
  • Lots of beaded necklaces (two colors, like gold and silver, so there’s a separate color for each team.)
  • 2 Hooks (just like good old Captain Hook’s prosthesis! See the Captain Hook game above.)

How to play:

  1. Place the treasure chest on the floor at one end of the room. Then scatter the necklaces across the floor.
  2. Divide the kids into two teams, assign them a color necklace and have them line up at the opposite end of the room.
  3. Give the first two kids in line a hook.
  4. On the word, “Go!,” they have 20 seconds to use their hooks to pick up one necklace at a time, run and place it in their respective treasure chests, and run back to get more.
  5. At the end of 30 seconds, count up the number of necklaces in each teams treasure chest, For each necklace deposited in the treasure chest their respective teams scores one point.
  6. The necklaces are scatter about again and the game continues like this until each kid has had a turn.
  7. The team with the most points wins.

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Stick The Pirate On The Treasure Map

This pirate game is a variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, one of the great party games for kids. The really good ones never go out of style!

Pirate Variations:

* Draw a picture treasure map and have the kids try to stick the pirate treasure on the map.
* Or get a picture of a pirate head and have the kids pin the eye patch on the pirate.

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Pirate Treasure Hunt Game

No pirate birthday party is complete without a treasure hunt. Finding the hidden treasure is usually one of the main events of every pirate party.

Style: Competitive

Type: Pirate Games For Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • Written or picture clues

How to play:

  1. Make up a bunch of clues that will lead eventually lead the kid to the hidden pirate treasure. Use can use anything you like for the clues. A popular choice is to use nursery rhymes since kids of all ages are very familiar with them.For example: Jack & Jill went up the hill to fetch a ______ __ _____. You can leave the next clue floating in a bottle in a pail of water.The next clue could be: Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your ______ grow? Hide the next one in your garden, and so on.
  2. For younger kids, use pictures instead of written clues. (i.e.: a picture of a pail or a garden)
  3. The last clue must lead the kids to the hidden pirate’s treasure. Whether you decide to bury the treasure chest in the sandbox in the backyard or hide it behind a closed door of a forbidden room, its location should always be marked by a big “X.”
  4. A treasure chest filled with lots of pirate booty very intoxicating to a bunch of swashbuckling pirates. So, to prevent any scuffles over who gets what after the treasure has been discovered, make individual loot bags with each kid’s name written clearly on the outside.

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Buried Doubloon Hunt

Here’s a treasure hunt in a bowl! It’s actually more difficult than it looks, but the kids will love getting “real” money. Even if it’s just pennies or nickles.

Style: Non-competitive

Type: Pirate Games For Kids

What You’ll Need:

  • A large bowl of uncooked rice
  • 200 pennies (or nickles)

How to play:

  1. Blindfold the first kid, and give her 30 seconds to find as many pennies as she can by feeling through the rice with her hands.
  2. Continue the game like this until every kid has had a chance to play.
  3. It’s not necessary to declare a winner for this pirate game. Just make sure each kid gets a few coins.

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Katherine`

This is an awesome site. I have been planning my daughters birthday party and she is really into pirates has been for years so we are going with pirate theme for her 5th birthday party and I needed some games to use for the kids to play these are awesome ideas.

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Lesley Aylward

Thanks for this. We are having a pirate picnic in our woods and these games are just what is needed. Now off to find the boxes, booty and other many things required. As we are in Scotland please give us good weather as a bonus.

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Adele

Excellent ideas! We especially like Musical Islands. Treasure Hunt and walk the plank.

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