Work on eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, social interaction skills, coordinated use of both hands, balance, ROM, spatial relations/position in space, visual tracking, sustained attention, play and leisure exploration and participation
In the package on the left: 1 electronic potato, 13 potato chips
In the package on the right: 1 electronic potato
Ages 4+, 2-6 players
Hot Potato is a fun, simple musical passing game that can be played by individuals at different skill and age levels. The Hot Potato on the left (above) is made of fabric and can be played indoors or outdoors. It also comes with 13 cardboard potato chips. Squeeze the potato and loud music will start playing (there is no volume control). Throw the potato back and forth between players and the person who is caught holding the hot potato when the music stops is out. Continue playing until only one person is left - the winner. Or you can use the potato chips that come with the game on the left. Each time a person is caught holding the hot potato when the music stops, he gets one potato chip. The first person to get three potato chips loses and is out of the game. The music is the same over and over, but it stops at different time intervals. The Hot Potato on the right is plastic and is meant to be played with in the pool. I have had one other Hot Potato Splash game that was made of some type of nylon. As soon as that one hit the water the potato was soaked and you couldn't hear the music any longer without holding it up to your ear. A complete waste of money. After you are done playing, the potato will call out "Again, again!" at two different intervals before turning off. Requires 2 AA batteries.
- Establish a pattern for throwing so that everyone has the chance to be involved.
- Sit in a circle and pass the potato instead of throwing it.
- Reduce waiting times between throws/catches by limiting the number of people who are playing.
- Start with players standing in a close circle. Pass the potato around once and then each player takes one step backward. After passing the ball around again, the whole group takes another step backward. Repeat until all players are eliminated but one.
- Choose an alternative gross motor action for the person caught holding the potato as opposed to kicking them out of the game.
- Use your own object as a hot potato and ask someone with an iPod or MP3 player to supply and stop the music.
- Toss back and forth between two people. Take an occasional step backward to widen the gap between the players.