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Official Hot Potato Rules

Hot Potato is a classic children's party game that's easy to play and lots of fun. Here are the rules for Hot Potato:

Objective: To avoid being caught with the "hot potato" when the music stops.


  • A small soft object (potato, ball, plush toy) to represent the "hot potato"

  • Music player with music


  1. Arrange all players in a circle.


  1. Starting the Game:

    • Designate one player to start the game by holding the "hot potato."

    • Start playing music (or a timer) to indicate that the game has begun.

  2. Passing the Hot Potato:

    • Players must pass the "hot potato" around the circle quickly, from one person to the next.

    • The hot potato must be passed in a fast and continuous manner.

  3. Stopping the Music:

    • Randomly stop the music (or timer) at any point during the game.

    • When the music stops, the player holding the "hot potato" is out of the game for that round.

  4. Continuing Play:

    • Remove the player who was caught with the hot potato from the circle.

    • Start the music again and continue playing with the remaining players.

  5. Final Round:

    • Repeat steps 2-4 until only one player remains.

    • The last player remaining, who has not been caught with the hot potato, is the winner of the game.

Additional Rules:

  • Players should pass the hot potato quickly and can't hold onto it for too long.

  • The game can have multiple rounds to determine the ultimate winner.


  • Music Genre: Play different genres of music to add variety.

  • Speed Rounds: Increase the tempo of the music in each round to make passing the hot potato more challenging.

  • Multiple Potatoes: Use multiple hot potatoes in play for added excitement.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure players are careful when passing the hot potato to avoid accidents.

  • Use a soft object to represent the hot potato to prevent injuries.

ot Potato is a lively and entertaining game that is perfect for parties, family gatherings, or any group activity. It's simple to understand and guarantees lots of laughter and fun.

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