Hot Potato Game Review: Pass the Hot Potato!
Easy to play and easy to follow
Batteries are included
Plush materials make playing the game safe
Easy to store the few pieces that come with the game
Enhances playtime and promotes social interaction with others
Helps develop motor skills and hand/eye coordination
The batteries may easily die
The music box sometimes does not function properly
How it works
Nothing makes a kid’s party more fun than games that get everyone involved and allow everyone to be silly. For far too long, kids have been told to be quiet and sit and be seen and not heard, but there are times when a child must act out and have fun. Times like these don’t have to be at a birthday party, but rather, they can be anytime when there are friends and family to play with. The makers at Ideal took an old-time beloved game and made it fun and accessible to all by packaging and creating the Hot Potato Musical Passing Game. With a plush potato toy coupled with music and sounds, the Hot Potato Passing Game will entertain your children and their friends for hours as they have the freedom to be silly, socially interact, be physical, and make connections and friendships that will last.
The potato itself is plush and made out of a blended, soft material that makes it safe and easy for the potato to be thrown around. The potato is designed to look like a real potato with the spud markings of potato all around the toy. The front has a cartoon funny face that personifies the potato and adds to the fun of throwing around something that is cartoon-like and has personality.
On the bottom of the potato is a velcro opening that houses the music box and inner workings of the potato. If you pull the velcro apart you will find the box and on the box is a switch that allows you to turn the toy on and off. When you flip the switch you will hear, “Hot Potato!” and then the game will begin. Close the velcro and then give the potato a squeeze and music will start playing.
When the door is removed, you will be able to see where the batteries are inserted and how they are to be properly placed into the toy. Although the toy comes with the batteries already, it is always a good idea to have more batteries on hand in case the batteries have lost some of their charges while sitting within the toy before purchasing. In the event that the batteries quickly lose their charge after opening, you can easily replace them and have fresh batteries in the toy for longer play.
The makers at Ideal used velcro in order to eliminate the risk of a zipper hurting someone. The object of the game is to quickly pass the potato around, so the softer and quicker the pass, the more difficult the game becomes and the more fun the game becomes. Also, ensure that the play area is wide open and clear of any other toys or debris that may make children trip or fall when they lunge for the potato to catch it or try and catch the potato if it is thrown over their head. The clearer the play area the less risk of injury or trips or falls.
How To Play
To begin play, choose two to six players and stand in a circle. Then, choose someone to be the first to hold the potato. When that person is chosen, they will turn on the potato with the switch on the music box located inside of the potato, and then they will give the potato a squeeze. When the potato has been squeezed, the music will begin to play. As soon as the music starts to play the person holding the potato will then toss the potato to someone else in the circle and then that person will toss it to someone else and that rhythm will continue. Each person tosses the potato to someone else.
As time goes on, the music will start to get faster and faster indicating that the song will come to an end soon. This gets the excitement heightened and the tossing will come faster and faster and the emotions getting sillier and sillier. Eventually, the music will stop and the potato will make a “boing” noise indicating that whoever is holding the potato loses and receives a potato chip. The game then starts all over again. The person who gets three potato chips from having had the potato when the music stops loses and is out of the game. That process continues until there is one person remaining. The game can last a very long time as it may take a while for everyone to get three potato chips to be out of the game.
The game is a great way to get kids away from screens such as smartphones, tablets, and televisions and get them into interacting more with others on a personal, in-real-life way. The Hot Potato Musical Passing Game is great for birthday parties and playdates as a way to get kids to play together and have fun together as they form the bonds of friendship.
Another concern was that the music box did not play as soon as it was turned on and squeezed. Some parents found that the music box got stuck on one mode and then when it was squeezed the music didn’t immediately play. It is a good idea to fully read the instructions and fully remove the music box from the potato in order to fully see how the switches work and to ensure that the switches are placed on the proper settings to ensure that the potato is being set up properly.