Junior pirates can really get into the act with pirate-themed games. You can set up most of the games using items you already have at home. Plan the games for your child’s pirate birthday party or as a way to pass the time when your kids get bored at home.
Walk the Plank
Have an old board laying around the house? Use it to walk the plant. Lay the board on the ground. The kids must walk the length of the board without falling off into the crocodile-infested waters below. For an indoor version, lay a blue blanket on the ground as the water. Place pillows along the water. The kids have to hope across the pillows to make it safely.
Eye Patch Match
You’ll need a package of inexpensive eye patches for this activity. You can find them in multi packs at party supply stores. On the back side of the eye patches, put pirate stickers or pirate-related words. You’ll need two of each one to create pairs. Lay the eye patches out on the table. The kids take turns trying to find pairs by turning over two eye patches at a time.
A treasure hunt is a natural choice for the pirate theme. Set up a series of clues to send your little pirates around the house or yard. Hide a treasure box at the end with some fun little treats or toys. The kids have to read the clues and figure out where to go next.
Hot Cannon Ball
You’ll need a black ball for this activity. The players stand in a circle just like the game Hot Potato. They pass the cannon ball while the music plays. Whoever has the ball when the music stops is out for that round. On a hot day, use a black water balloon and have the kids toss the cannon ball around the circle. Keep tossing until the water balloon breaks.
Gold Coin Toss
The players all need partners for this activity. Each pair needs a pot of gold coins and an empty pot. One player holds the container of coins. The other holds the empty container. The first partner tosses coins one at a time toward the other person. The second partner must catch the coins with the pot. He cannot catch it with his hands and put it in the pot. It has to go directly in the pot. The first person to get a set number of coins in his pot wins.