Pot Pass is sure to win your child's heart. Players pass a metal pot, which holds a treat, around the circle, while a blindfolded player in the middle tries to locate the pot with a wooden spoon. It's an old fashioned game that still engages players of all ages.
AgeSchool-age, Tweens, Teens
Number of Players5 to 10, 10 to 20
Team DivisionAll together now! (everyone works together)
DifficultyEasy peasy (fun and simple)
Indoor or OutdoorEither
Space NeededMedium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage), Large (gym, outdoor field, reception hall)
Mess FactorClean and tidy
Prep Time5 minutes or less
Game Time Length5 - 15 minutes
1. Ask the group to make a circle. (Sometimes it is helpful to have everyone hold hands while standing up, and then sit down forming a perfect circle.)
2. Select one person to be "it."
3. Blindfold "it" and place them in the center of the circle.
4. Place a piece of small candy inside the large metal pot.
5. Give the pot to one member in the circle (it doesn't matter whom).
6. Hand "it" the wooden spoon.
How to Play
1. On "go", the player with the pot slides it on the floor to their neighbor.
2. The pot moves from one person to the next.
3. The goal is for the children in the circle to keep the pot away from "it" in the center.
4. Meanwhile, "it" is trying to use his/her ears to hear where the pot might be and reach out with the spoon to tap the pot.
5. Moving the spoon from side to side, and turning around as necessary, "it" tries to tap the pot with the spoon and win the candy inside!
6. Once "it" has successfully hit the pot, they remove their blindfold, retrieve their candy, and select the next person to be "it."
1. If you are playing with older players, the pot can be slid across the circle to any player. This makes the pot more difficult to control, however, and leaders must remain alert to keep the pot from colliding with players.
2. Change the name of the game to fit any theme: "Gas Can Pass" for a race car party, "Potion Pass" for a witch party, etc.
1. Remind the child in the center to GENTLY move the spoon through the air. Do not allow "it" to WHACK or SWING the spoon violently. Encourage "it" to maintain control and use their senses instead.
2. The pot must stay on the ground at all times. Players in the circle must not lift or raise the pot at any time.
3. Keep the pot moving at all times. The faster the game, the more fun it is. Players may "taunt" "it" by shaking the treat, but they should do so quickly, and then pass right away.
4. Once you've had 5 or so players go, move on to a new game - but make sure to hand out treats to everyone. Players will lose interest if everyone has to have a turn in the center.