Friday, April 30, 2010

Don't Eat Pete!

So I saw an idea for a family game somewhere on the world wide web sometime in the past few weeks. I read the rules and thought, I don't get it. What's the point? Why is that fun?

But I'm always on the lookout for games my whole family can play so I thought I'd give it a try. Sure enough, we laughed our heads off.

First make a game board. Mine looks like this:


Then I put a piece of candy on each face. (I found Starburst Jelly Beans on major clearance after Easter.)

One person leaves the room while the rest of the family decides which face on the game board is going to be Pete.

The one who left the room comes back and the goal for that person is to try to eat every single piece of candy other than Pete.

If that person picks up the candy on Pete's face, the rest of the family yells out "DON'T EAT PETE." And their turn is over.

Some one new leaves the room. The rest of the family picks a new Pete and you start over.

Simple right? Even Grayden got it. It was a blast...evidenced by the drool and sticky fingerprint stains. We had so much fun we played over and over and over until I decided that the kids had eaten FAR too much candy. (Next time maybe I'll use Cheerios...but that takes away half the fun.)

And to turn it into a bit of a learning experience...we talked about feelings before we started playing. What feelings they could identify on the game board. What makes you feel happy (sad, angry, excited, etc)? And what should you do when you feel angry (sad, scared, etc)?

It was too fun to keep to myself. So go apply, adapt, enjoy, return and report.

16 comments:

Traci Elizabeth said...

how fun! I am babysitting koris three little ones for a couple of weeks so I am definitely going to do this!!!!

Cynthia said...

We had two standard games we played for family home evening -- don't eat pete, and hide and go seek in the dark. It was hardly a family night without one of those two. Good for you for finding a reason to make it educational.

Jen said...

My kids love playing that game. That's a cute idea to play as a family and talk about feelings. You are so creative.

The drama known as Greens.... said...

I'm surprised you had never heard of this game! We played it a lot growing up! Good times, Great memories :)

Heidi said...

thats so great! we played a similar game growing up. great family game for sure!

Judds said...

That sounds like a great game. We will have to try it.

AKA Rosa said...

We love love love the DOn't EaT pEte game at our house!! In fact it has taken on other names as well.... DOn't eat sAnta.... the bunnieS, The vAlentiNe, the PrInceSs.... you get the picture. It was always a hit at class parties. My girls take them babysitting and the kiddos love them!! Glad you play it at your house too:)

jeanine said...

I just learned about this game recently too... we did a valentine one with different cupids, etc. Fun!

Genn said...

What a great, and simple idea. I'll have to try it too.

PS- love those drawings of the faces. Is that your artwork?

Natalie said...

SO glad I checked your blog. We are going to play tonight. I let you know how it goes!!! Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

I totally remember this game! Fun. I wish you were going to be in Utah this June for our play date. Or... Maybe you will be???

Violet said...

I use to play this in high school. Like you said we "laughed our heads off." Thanks for reminding me about it.

Kipn n' Sarah said...

Super, super cute family fun game. I am going to for sure have to remember that one when Brooke gets a little older. Don't know how much fun it will be with just Kip and I who knows?? Thanks for sharing!

Autumn said...

Cute-how fun that its so young-friendly.

AshnRuss said...

This is the first time hearing about the game! It sounds like so much fun! Any game where you get to eat a lot of candy is great!

Melissa + Brett said...

We're so playing this game. Thanks for sharing!!!!