Pass the Potato
An active, duel game for junior youth and small groups
- All On All
- Standard (15 - 45 mins)
- Under $20
- Some Mess
- Small Groups
- Large Groups
Freak the Geek
How To Play Pass the Potato
Overview: This game combines "hot potato" with elements of tag. It can get very competitive with more people.
Where to Play: Outside, in an area that is large enough to contain ten people and wide enough to run around in.
Setup: Mark the boundaries with cones. Choose one person to hold the potato first. The person with the potato has to stay in the center while everybody else has the chance to spread out within the boundaries.
Beginning: Shout "Go!" and begin counting down from 20.
The Potato: In those 20 seconds, the person with the potato chases everyone else, trying to tag them. If they manage to tag someone, that person has to take the potato and chase someone else. When the 20 seconds is over, the person who has the potato in their hands is out for the game and another round is played.
Here's the Catch: The person with the potato can run as much as they like. If someone isn't holding the potato, they can't run!
Game Over: A round will end after 20 seconds when someone is eliminated. These rounds should go on until there are two people left, who will compete for the prize (whatever the prize is is up to you).
Duel: The two people at the end perform the "potato toss." This is a variation on a classic game: the two players will stand an arms-length apart, facing each other. One of them holds the potato. That person passes it the other person, and they both take a step back if it is caught. This process continues until someone drops the potato, at which point the other person will win the prize. However, if someone throws it wildly and misses, the other person will win the prize.
Rule: No tag-backs. Basically, you can't tag the person who just tagged you.
Option: You can have a facilitator who narrates who has the potato. If Joe has the potato, the facilitator would shout, "Joe's got the potato!"
One potato (or something representing a potato)
Freak the Geek
on 11 January 2016