Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pass the Pumpkin

I guess family games have been on my mind a lot lately. We like playing games as a family. But it can be a little difficult deciding what to play sometimes. Everyone has different favorites and dislikes and abilities and attention spans. So I am always on the lookout for new games to try that we can all enjoy together.

Last night for Family Home Evening I came up with a new version of hot potato for us to try. We all sat in a circle and passed around a small pumpkin instead of a potato. I turned on some music, let it play for a minute or so then turned it off again. In regular hot potato games the person holding the potato (or pumpkin) would just be out. But in this game the person holding the pumpkin gets to draw one thing on the pumpkin. An eye, a nose, an ear....whatever they want. (James pointed out to me that everyone will want to hold on to the pumpkin as long as they can instead of passing it on quickly. He was right. But usually a quick reminder was enough to get the pumpkin going again.) After drawing on the pumpkin that person takes a turn at running the music. We had them turn away so that they couldn't see where the pumpkin was. It helped to keep things a little more random.

This is what we ended up with:

Isn't he cute? Perfect for Halloween! We only did the one pumpkin last night. We all had a good time together and now have a fun new addition to our porch.


nanajohanna said...

Sounds like a lot of fun to me. I think he turned out looking very good.

Autumn said...

Oh now THAT is a CUTE idea, cousin! And he came out very, wery well! I so enjoy getting to hear about the things you do as a family. Stuff like that is hard to do when there are just two of us at our house doing it! ha!