" You have such
a lovely way with people and made the birthday girl feel very special.
I wouldn't consider using or recommending any others. I cannot
praise you enough. Molly received a wooden playhouse as well as
lots of lovely gifts from family and friends but when asked what she liked
best about her party replied "Pirate Pete" and continues to say this two
weeks after the party.
I think this sums up Pirate Pete and how well
he went down.
Totally appropriate for age 4/5
years however the two 7 year olds and adults were also totally engrossed.
Excellent ability to relate to everyone in the audience.
Another parent who only caught the
last half hour of the party said "No matter what Pirate Pete cost he was
worth every penny" and I totally agree. At first my hubby
thought that it as a lot to spend on a party but he too agreed it was worth
I cannot thank you enough for a wonderful, appropriate and traditional party
where all the children concentrated and laughed for two hours.
Thanks a million."
M Geddes, Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland
First the Explanation
The following pirate birthday party game has the advantage of being high charged with energy that
will keep even the wildest pirate happy, safe and amused and because no-one
is eliminated all of the children are kept involved all of the time.
Alternatively the game can introduce competitiveness by eliminating children
who are slow, do the wrong action or when joining with others (eg “three men
in a boat” “man overboard”) are left without a partner.
Personally I do not like eliminating children as those who are out can
feel awkward and no longer feel part of the group. At a children's birthday party you want everyone to enjoy all of the party so best
avoid elimination games. It also becomes difficult to control as some (many)
of the children eliminated will simply join back in again – and it becomes
confusing to remember who was out and who is not.
The last thing that you want is children to start accusing each other of
cheating and falling out with each other. Parties after all supposed to be
fun. Trust me on this, avoid elimination games!
Before you begin you have to explain to the children the various activities
that they must undertake following each command given.
It is best to start with only a few commands and expand the number of
commands as the game progresses especially for younger children who may
become confused if you have too many commands.
The speed with which you call out the commands will dictate the level of
frenzy that you wish to create. Calling out commands faster and faster will
excite the children and make them react faster and the opposite is also
Please remember not to get then too excited. Good children party entertainers
know the benefit of varying the pace and thus maintaining control of the
If space is at a premium say in your home you can omit the running commands
such as “port” “starboard” and “main deck”.
should be spread out in front and facing the “entertainer”. When a command
is given the children have to perform the activity associated with that
of the commands have more than one possible action. You might want to use
only one action and show this to the children or you could advise them of
all the possible actions related to each command, and let them choose which
one they prefer.
I tend to build the commands into a story, which the children
For example you could say: It’s a nice morning for a sail. “Look
the Captain’s coming” and he has “got his Daughter” and the "Admiral's
coming" too. Ok mateys lets “check the compass” before “climbing the crows nest”. “Look
East” – all’s well - “Look West”. No sign of “pirates on the horizon”.
Check out the “port” side and the “Starboard” side. It looks like “stormy
weather”. Oh no “man overboard”, better “man the lifeboats” etc………..
To add atmosphere it is a good idea to play pirate music for
the pirates to dance in between the commands thus introducing an element of
musical statues or musical bumps.
You will come up with variations of your own to add to your
repertoire but there is more than enough here to satisfy even the meanest
by the action
Children salute and shout out "Aye Aye Captain"
Everyone curtseys (even the boys think this is hilarious).
Children pose like a model (one hand on hip. the other outstretched
and slightly bent) and say "Oooooooooooh!" or make a wolf whistle.
Children stop and salute (like captain's coming) but must continue to
stand to attention until the instruction “Admiral's gone” - giving
opportunities for catching children out!
Children crouch down and pretend to clean the floor with their hands.
Children pretend to climb a rope ladder.
Over Entertainer makes action of boom moving across deck.
Children must duck down to avoid.
Children stand on one leg which becomes the mast, the other foot rests on
that knee to become the crows nest and their body is the pirate looking out
to sea, hand above eyes OR Children peer into the distance and shout “land
"Land Ahoy" with a direction
The children look in the direction called (port, starboard, with hand's
cupped just above their eyebrow's looking for land.
"Land Ahoy" with no direction
Here the children decide which direction they want to look.
Run to left-hand side of hall.
Run to right-hand side of hall.
Run to front of hall.
Run to back of hall.
Children all gather in centre of hall.
North or South
Children all run in appropriate direction.
Rock from side to side.
Ship Aground / Ship’s struck a rock
Children all fall on the floor and remain still.
Man the Lifeboats
Run to a wall / line on the right side of the area.
OR call out a number (e.g. 6) and the children have to get
into groups of six and “row” their lifeboat.
OR Pair up facing each other, soles of feet touching and join
hands then rock backwards and forwards in rowing motion
Man over board
Three children pair up, 2 joining hands to make a ship and the third in the
middle with his hand above his eyes looking overboard for the fallen
sailor. Anyone alone is out.
Children jump as if going
over the side and then sink down holding nose with one hand and raising
other hand in air as if going under water.
Children pretend to jump into
the water, grab a partner and then swim back to the ship together
children join into groups of
three sitting on the floor one behind another making rowing actions. If
done as a game the children not in a group are out of the game.
children jump in the air and
land as if jumping over the side of the ship.
piggy back a partner.
children have to find a
partner and lift them up. Any children on their own are out.
children have to find a partner and hold on to them. If any child does not
have a partner, they are out.
children lie on their backs
waving legs and arms in air as they drown.
children pretend to fall over
the side of the ship and swim for their lives!
children shout “Splash!” and
put their hands above their eyes to peer into the sea in search of the
Sharks in the Water
Crouch with bent arm forming fin of shark.
Crouch on floor with hands
Sit with feet off floor,
Run around the room sword fighting everyone.
Walk the Plank
Children have to walk in a straight line one foot exactly in front of the
other with arms outstretched to the sides.
Children wiggle hips and blow
Bandits on the horizon
Children pretend to have machine guns and shout the bandits.
Children lie on floor with one leg raised like a periscope.
Lie on back with arm in the
The children crouch and cover their head for ‘protection’. They are not able
to get up until ‘All clear’ is called. Anyone who gets up or moves before
the ‘all clear’ is out.
Fire the Cannon
Children run in to pairs and pretend to light the cannon, shout “boom!” and
jump in the air.
Hit the Deck
Children lie down on their stomachs as quickly as possible.
Rats on board
Children sit on the floor, hugging their knees, whilst feet are raised off
Last One in line for Dinner
Children all line up in a very straight line. Last one in line is out.
Pieces of Eight
Run around and pretend to catch a parrot.
Flap arms on the spot and
shout "pieces of eight".
Up on Deck
have to jump on to their feet. The last person left with
their feet on the floor is out!
Hoist the Mainsail
run on the spot pretending to climb the riggings.
sit cross legged on floor ready for lunch.
Children rub their tummies and lick lips.
Children pretend to throw up
Add to these
ideas to make-up your own actions
Up periscope; Down periscope;
Storm at sea; Seagulls overhead; Abandon ship
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