What You'll Need:
- An Assortment of Pillows, Cushions, etc. (one for each guest)
- Shark-Themed Music (e.g. the soundtrack from Jaws or other appropriate music)
At the Party:
- Set up an "ocean" (i.e. playing area) by placing "rafts" (i.e. cushions and pillows) around the floor.
- You can set them up in a circle or place them randomly throughout the ocean.
- You will need one cushion or pillow for each player.
- As in musical chairs, the object of the game is to be the last remaining player sitting on a raft when the music stops.
- Start the game by turning on the music.
- Players walk around the room as the music plays.
- Have an adult randomly stop the music.
- When the music stops, the children scramble to find an available raft.
- Only one player can sit on each raft!
- The children should sit without any portion of their bodies in the ocean to avoid being bitten by a shark, too.
- Remove one raft each time the music stops.
- Whenever a player is left without a raft, he/she has been "eaten by the shark" and is out for the rest of the game.
A fun variation for younger children is to allow players to pile on top of each other to have several people on one raft. Continue removing one raft per round. If any part of a player's body touches outside of the raft, even if he/she is piled on top of other players, that player is out. Playing this way decreases the competitiveness and increases the hilarity!