7 Jaw-some Shark Party Games

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If you’re planning a shark-themed celebration, you’ll need some fin-tastic entertainment to keep your little ones entertained. In this article, we’ve rounded up a little ocean of exciting shark party games and activities that will make your child’s birthday unforgettable. 

We’ve compiled a list of the best shark party games to keep your young guests entertained and engaged for as long as you need. From adaptations of well-known games to original active ones we have the perfect selection of shark party game ideas to ensure hours of laughter and excitement. 

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1. Through The Shark’s Belly

This is an exciting shark party game that will have kids crawling and dodging their way through a shark’s belly.

What you need

  • Prepare a large cardboard box, preferably a long one to form a tunnel when laid on one of its sides. Cut out the top and the bottom flaps of the box at both ends, but do not remove the side flaps. The box has to be large enough so that the kids could easily crawl through it.
  • Draw or cut out two pictures of a shark – get inspired here. Duplicate the same image and flip horizontally the second one – and attach them to the sides of the box, facing in the same direction.
  • Prepare also some fun music. Here’s an idea.

How to play Through The Shark’s Belly

  • Tell the children that they have to crawl through the sharks belly one by when whilst the music is playing.
  • They have to avoid being caught tin the sharks belly by trying to get out of the box as quickly as possible.
  • Before you start the game ask the kids to stay in line to wait for their turn to pass trough the shark’s belly. When they go out of the box they can stand up again and run to the end of the line and wait for another turn.
  • When the music stops and a child is in the shark’s belly, he or she will be out for that particular round of the game.
  • The last kid to “survive” being caught in the shark’s belly is the winner of the round.
  • You can have as many rounds until you see that the children are enjoying it.
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2. Sharks Against Dolphins

Get ready for an epic battle of wit and strategy in the thrilling game of Sharks Against Dolphins!

What you need

  • Get ready some balloons, blown and tied up. These will represent small fish that the sharks will be gobbling up. You will need a balloon for each player multiplied by the number of rounds you intend to have the children play.

How to play Sharks Against Dolphins

  • Divide the children into two teams, one being the dolphins and the other team will be the sharks.
  • Let the kids know that the dolphins task is to save the small fish (balloons) from being caught by the sharks by tossing them in the air without ever holding them balloons in their hands. The dolphins can help each other by not letting any balloon touch the ground even if it is not the one they have started playing with.
  • On the other hand, the sharks must try to catch any balloon that they can reach whilst they are crawling on the floor. The sharks can never stand up on their feet, but they are allowed to kneel at the moment they try to catch a balloon.
  • When a shark manages to grab a balloon, he or she has to sit on it and pop it. Like that the fish is “eaten”.
  • Play the game until all balloons are burst.
  • For another round of this game ask the kids to switch roles.
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3. Shark Blast

This is a variation of volleyball, but made easy especially with younger children.

What you need

  • You need a net and a volleyball. A rope tied just a bit higher than the average height of the invitees is enough if you don’t have a volleyball net in your backyard. You can draw a shark face on the ball to match it with the theme.

How to play Shark Blast

  • Divide the kids into two teams, with each standing on either sides of the net or rope.
  • If the children are not familiar with volleyball, explain that they need to keep the shark (ball) off the ground by volleying it over the net to the other side of the play area.
  • The team that lets the ball hit the ground on its side, gets a shark bite.
  • The team with the least number of shark bites at the end is the winner.
  • If you wish to play this game with very young children you can use an inflated balloon instead of a volleyball. Hard balls can hurt little kids. Some of them may also find it tough to reach a ball without letting it hit the ground. Thus another reason to opt for a balloon instead.
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4. Shark Bite

Shark Bite is a form of freeze tag. We’ll call the child who is “it”, “shark” instead.

How to play Shark Bite

  • The “shark” must run after the other kids to tag them. When he or she “bites” them, that is tags them, they must freeze on the spot, standing  with wide open legs to form a tunnel.
  • The other players can in the meantime “cure” the shark bite by crawling underneath the tagged child.
  • If one of the kids is tagged three times, then he or she are the next shark.
  • Alternatively, if the shark manages to tag all the other kids, then the last one who has been tagged is the new shark.

5. “Feed The Shark” Tossing Game

Dive into the excitement of “Feed The Shark” tossing game, where accuracy and skill are key to feeding the hungry shark!

What you need

  • Cut out or buy a giant poster of a shark with an open mouth.
  • Stick it to some thick cardboard, the same size of the poster.
  • With a sharp craft knife carve around the shark’s mouth to form a kind of a hole.
  • Hang the shark or place it somewhere that it can stay in an upright position.
  • Give your party invitees some small plastic fish.

How to play “Feed The Shark” Tossing Game

  • The kids are to line up some feet away from the poster and, one by one, they have to toss the plastic fish into the mouth of the shark. The younger the kids are the closer they should be to the cardboard.
  • Let the children do a couple of rounds, keeping the count of how many fish each child has managed to feed the shark with. The one with the highest score is the winner.

6. Shark Attack

Shark attack is reminiscent of the classic “Pass the parcel” party game, but with a twist.

What you need

How to play Shark Attack

  • Ask the children to form a big circle and give to one of them the inflatable shark.
  • The kids have to throw the shark to anyone in the circle while some shark music is played.
  • When the music is stopped, the child holding the inflatable is the “victim” of the shark attack, and he or she is out of the game for this round.
  • The kid remaining until the end is the winner.

7. Pin The Fin On The Shark

This is another variant of the classic “Pin the tail on the donkey”.

What you need

  • Use a large shark image instead and fins for the kids to stick on the shark.
  • Hang a poster featuring the shark to a wall or door at child-height so that all kids can reach it easily.
  • Have a blindfold (a scarf will do if you don’t have a proper blindfold) and a shark’s fin and a piece of chalk at the ready.

How to play Pin The Fin On The Shark

  • Ask the children to stay a few feet away from the poster.
  • Blindfold a child at a time. It is a good idea to choose the party kid to go first. Alternatively, start with the eldest in the group, since he or she will most likely be more familiar with the game.
  • Gently turn the blindfolded child round in circles a couple of times. Stop him or her, making sure he or she hasn’t lost their balance.
  • Lead the kid so that he or she is standing right in front of the poster.
  • Place the shark’s fin in the child’s hand.
  • The kid should try to stick the tail to the poster in what he or she thinks is the right spot.
  • Remove the fin from the poster and mark the initials of the child where he or she has pinned it. Have the rest of the children try their turn.
  • When everybody’s done, declare the kid who pinned the tail closest to where it should be, as the winner!
  • You can also buy ready made “Pin the fin on the shark” kit here.
  • It may be safer for younger children to use sticky-tack (or even sticky-tape) to attach the “fin”.

Conclusion To 7 Jaw-some Shark Party Games

In conclusion, these shark party games and activities are guaranteed to make a big splash at your next celebration. From the adrenaline-pumping excitement of “Shark Attack” to the creative fun of “Feed the Shark,” there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The shark-themed games we’ve explored here will not only entertain your guests but also create unforgettable memories.

Whether it’s a shark birthday party or any other special occasion, incorporating these engaging shark party games will ensure a thrilling and fin-tastic time for all.

So, get ready to dive into the world of shark party games and let the laughter and excitement flow. It’s time to make waves and create a truly unforgettable shark party experience for your little ones and their friends.

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