How to Play: Hot Potato

• Ages three and up
• Four or more players needed
• Materials: one potato, a radio or tape/CD player (any music source)
• Indoor or outdoor activity
• Competitive or noncompetitive

How to Play

• Have the children sit in a circle close together.
• Give one child a potato and ask him or her to start passing it when you start the music.
• When you stop the music, whoever has the potato holds it up.

Competitive Version: Whoever is left holding the potato when the music stops is out and must leave the circle. He or she can watch from the sidelines and help judge. Everyone else closes in, and the game resumes. Eventually there are only two children left. The next time the music stops, the one who is not holding the potato wins. Note: No one is allowed to throw the potato when the music stops. Anyone who does is automatically out.

Noncompetitive Version: When the music stops, whoever has the potato is out. You say, "Jon has it!" and everyone laughs with Jon. Jon does not have to leave the circle. Play until the child no longer wants to play.

Variations: Instead of using a potato, use an object related to your party theme. Or change the name of the game to suit your theme. For example, play Hot Egg for an Easter Party (using an egg or a potato).

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