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Pirate Charades

Pirate Charades

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What You'll Need:

  • Paper
  • A Pen or Marker
  • A Hat, Bowl or Other Container


Write pirate-themed words or phrases on slips of paper, and put them into a container. You can use our suggestions in the list below, or come up with your own ideas.

Suggested Words and Phrases:
  • Eye Patch
  • Spyglass
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Black Beard
  • Rowboat
  • Buried Treasure
  • Sword
  • Walk The Plank
  • Captain Hook
  • Cannons
  • Ocean
  • Earring
  • Parrot
  • Island

At the Party:
  1. Pick a child to go first, and have him or her select a slip of paper from the container.
  2. Give the child a minute to think about how to act out the word.
  3. Make sure the child knows that he or she must act out the word using only hand signals, acting, and pointing-no speaking! (Note: Young readers may need an adult assistant to whisper the word to them and give them advice on how to act it out.)
  4. Give the rest of your guests at least 90 seconds to guess what word or phrase the performing child is trying to act out.
  5. When the child finishes, give him or her a small prize or piece of candy, and have the player who guessed correctly act out the next word.