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A giant pirate ship is the ultimate pirate party activity prop. Take the time to have each child pose alone, and with the birthday child for pictures inside the sea faring vessel. Tell the kids a joke to loosen them up first. (Here’s a favorite of ours: Why couldn’t the 11-year-old boy go to the movie? Because it was rated “aaaaargh.”) Ask them to “Say aaaaargh” for the pictures! The priceless photos can then be mailed to each guest with a thank you note at a later date. Plan to give the children plenty of free time for imaginative play and pirate party games.
The kids will have a whale of a time with the treasure chest pinata among the many other pirate party activities.
This pirate party activity is a hit! Give the kids a pirate map to follow. Have them wind over, under and around a good distance before finding the piñata on the spot marked with an “X”.
Play a pirate game of “Walk the Plank”, using a 6’ X 1” X 6” board from a lumber store. Set the plank on top of two cinder blocks, and lay dark blue water patterned gossamer. Alligators are optional. Have each child take a turn walking the plank. If this isn’t challenging enough for your age group, make them walk backwards or balance books on their heads for the pirate party activities.
“Swab the Poop Deck” can be played as a relay with the group divided into two teams. With broom or mop in hand, each team member will have to swab an inflated balloon through a simple obstacle course and back to the starting line to tag the next pirate in line, until each member on the team has completed his duty in the pirate party activities.
Visit Treasure Island to search for buried treasure as part of your pirate party activities. Blindfold the children one at a time. Let them dig deep into a cardboard treasure chest filled with a pirate’s bounty of loot.
Listen to squeals of delight when the kids are running peg leg (three-legged), pirate party activities races with red paisley bandanas around their legs!
The ship is sinking with pirate party activities. Let the cannonballs fly with a water balloon fight.
If the kids race through the pirate party activities you have planned, play Tick Tock Find the Crock (hide and seek), Black Beard Says (Simon Says), or Pin the X on the Treasure Map. Reward the bucaneers with metallic coins for their timber shiverin' efforts!