Hot Potato Game Creates Active Kids that Move

Playing the Hot Potato Game Different Ways

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The Hot Potato Game is fun.  It’s a memorable way to keep kids active and moving.  It’s a fun way to play!

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Hot Potato Game Creates Active Kids that Move

The Original Hot Potato Game:

Supplies needed:

Friends/Family

A ball

Music

Sit or stand in a circle with three or more people.  Have another person be in charge of music.  When the music begins you pass the ball.  When the music stops, the person with the ball is caught with the ‘hot potato’.  They are temporarily out and sit or stand out of the circle.  The game continues until one person is left standing!

St. Patrick’s Day Version:

Supplies needed:

Friends/Family

A Potato (Any kind or potato will work, but make sure it’s clean before and after.)

1 person sits in the middle and they are the leprechaun.  They close their eyes.  The other players form a circle around them and begin to pass the potato.  The leprechaun shouts ‘SHAMROCK’ periodically.  The person left with the potato in their hand is out.  They sit or stand out of the circle temporarily.  The game continues until one person is left standing.

More Fun:  Play Irish Music while you are playing the game.

Expand the Circle:

Supplies Needed:

Friends/Family

A Ball

Music

Sit or stand in a small, tight circle with three or more people.  Have another person be in charge of music.  When the music begins you pass the ball.  When the music stops, the person with the ball is caught with the ‘hot potato’.  They are temporarily out and sit or stand out of the circle. 

Everyone takes one step back each time a person goes out.  It makes the circle wider and more challenging to pass the ball.

The game continues until one person is left standing!

Faster & Hotter:

Supplies Needed:

Friends/Family

A Bean bag or baton

Music

Stand in a moderate sized circle with three or more people.  Have another person be in charge of music.  When the music begins the person with the bean bag or baton runs around the circle and passes it to the next person (who was to their side) when they come back around; the next person repeats the process.  When the music stops, the person with the bean bag/baton is caught with the ‘hot potato’.  They are temporarily out and sit or stand out of the circle. 

The game continues until one person is left standing!

The Baton:  This can be as simple as a cardboard paper towel tube.  Always uses something that won’t hurt if someone falls (no sticks).

 

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Note:  Always check with your health provider if you have any health conditions before making activity choices.  

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