Keep those little mermaids swimming with excitement with these fin-tastic party games.
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Save the Sea Creatures
For this game, you will need a large blue sheet or vinyl tablecloth and a collection of plush or inflatable sea creatures (at least one per player. Place the sea creatures on the ground and spread the sheet out on top of them. Have the players gather around the sheet, each pick up an edge, and start shaking it to create waves. Tell the mermaids that a fisherman has swiped all of the sea creatures from the ocean, and they must work together to rescue them. Call out the name of one of the mermaids. That person must run under the sheet, pick up one of the sea animals and toss it onto the waves. The mermaids try to bounce it around without letting it fall. Keep calling out names and tossing sea creatures until they have all been returned to the ocean.
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Decorate a broom handle with blue and green colored curling ribbon. Tie long lengths to the broom handle so when you hold it up like a limbo stick, the ribbon dangles down like waves. Instead of the limbo song, play something that fits the mermaid theme, such as Under the Sea, as party guests do the limbo.
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Pirate Mermaid Freeze Tag
This is played like the traditional game of Freeze Tag, but with mermaids and a pirate. Have one player be the pirate. The mermaids run around, trying not to get tagged by the pirate. If a mermaid is tagged, she must freeze in place, and wait for another mermaid to come and set her free.
04 of 08
Musical Sea Shells
Draw large seashells on poster board, paint or color them, and then cut them out. Set up the chairs for a game of musical chairs, and tape the seashells to the seats or backs of the chairs. Play a mermaid, underwater or beach-themed song as the players circle the chairs.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Mermaid Tail Race
This game puts a mermaid twist on the classic potato sack race. To play, you can purchase potato sacks from the party supplier and dye them green to look like mermaid tails or make your own out of felt. Once you have your green potato sacks, cut two pieces of felt to look like fins and sew or pin them to the bottoms of the sacks. Have the kids step into them to put on their mermaid tails, and then hop in them to the finish line.
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This game is all about making a big, fun mess of “seaweed” all over the yard. Give each mermaid a roll of green crepe paper streamers. Set up a few checkpoints through which they must run on their way to the finish line. Have different players start at different checkpoints. While they are running, they must hold up the streamers so that they unravel behind them. Set up the checkpoints in a zig-zag pattern so they will have a fun tangle of seaweed to “swim” through while playing.
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Mermaid Treasure Hunt
This is a fun scavenger hunt for your little mermaid guests. Take several “treasures” such as seashells, fake jewels, and shiny trinkets, and hide them around the party area. Fill a baby pool with water and tell your party guests that this is the mermaid treasure cove. Tell them the Sea Witch has stolen all of the treasure from the cove and scattered it throughout the sea. It is the mermaids’ job to find the treasures and return them to the cove.
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Mermaid Freeze Swim
Play some mermaid or sea-themed songs to which party guests can play this underwater version of freeze dance. While players dance, they must also make swimming motions with their arms. Anytime the music stops, they must freeze like as if the Sea Witch has turned them into a statue. Anyone who doesn’t freeze is caught by the Sea Witch and out of the game.