Pirate's Loot

one pirate attempts to discover where the other pirate has hidden a valuable piece of loot
1 piece of Loot! (jewel, ring, gem, candy, necklace, prize, etc.)

1. Choose two Pirate Captains.
2. The rest of the children make a circle.
3. Place one Captain on the outside of the circle, and one on the inside.
4. The Captain on the outside is given a piece of Loot (ring, gem, jewel, candy). Something small that can be hidden inside a closed palm.

How to Play

1. Have the players form as large a circle as possible and place their hands behind their backs. This can be done either standing or sitting, but standing offers better chances for a "fake out" hand off.
2. Choose 1 player to be the first mate - they go in the center of the circle.
3. Choose 1 player to be the Captain - they stand outside the circle.
4. Hand the Captain the treasure.
1. The Captain walks around pretending to place the treasure in the hands of one of the members of the circle (remember, their hands are behind their backs).
2. The object here is to be sneaky and try to fool the first mate in the center of the circle, so the players in the circle may try and distract the first mate by saying things like -"oh thank you Captain" or "You're so generous Captain", even if they haven't been given the treasure.
2. The first mate watches from the inside of the circle.
3. After the Captain has placed the treasure, he/she may circle around one more time, but then must sit down in the center of the circle.
3. The first mate then gets three guesses to see which person has the treasure.
4. If the first mate guessed correctly - he/she gets a hearty - yohoho from the crew, and a new Captain and First Mate are chosen.
5. If he/she cannot guess correctly, he/she "Walks the Plank" and then joins the circle.
6. A different person is selected to be the Captain in the middle.


1. To make things even more interesting, with older children, the players in the circle can pretend to pass the handed off treasure. Or, should the Captain pass the treasure off very early in the game, the players in the circle can actually hand off the treasure from one player to the next. They must stop though, once the Captain has sat down in the circle.
2. Instead of Pirates you can substitute Fairies with magical flowers, mermaids with a seashell, Superheros with kryptonite, etc.

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
5 to 10
10 to 20
Prep Time
No prep time needed!
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)
All together now! (everyone works together)