Don’t Eat Pete is a fun and simple family game with snacks.
Here is a simple activity used in our Family Home Evenings many times. “Don’t Eat Pete” is a very simple game played with M&Ms on a tic-tac-toe style board. The reward is getting to eat M&Ms and every chocolate lover will enjoy that. You could also play with other snacks like Cheerios or Gold Fish.
We have always made our own Don’t Eat Pete board on a piece of paper and ours is very simple. Here is an example.
Of course you can get as creative as you want and I even found a Don’t Eat Pete book on Amazon that had several fun boards to choose from, but we have always just kept it simple. Here is a simple Don’t Eat Pete that you can print out and color now. Add some fun pictures to the blank squares to make picking Pete even easier.
How to play Don’t Eat Pete:
- Put one M&M in all nine squares
- Decide who will go first and have that person cover their eyes while everyone else decides which M&M will serve as “Pete”. You can’t choose the one on the smiley face.
- Now that you’ve identified Pete, the person playing will open their eyes and try to pick up one M&M at a time.
- When the person tries to pick up the M&M identified as Pete, everyone yells “Don’t Eat Pete!” and that is the end of their turn.
- If the person is lucky enough to pick up all the other M&Ms before Pete, then they get to pick up Pete too!
It is always best to start with the Smiley face first to guarantee that you receive at least one M&M on your turn. Of course, you can play this game with many other types of snacks, but I prefer Peanut Butter M&Ms
Variation of Don’t Eat Pete
One of my daughters doesn’t like the yelling in the game, so my wife created an alternative with gold-fish crackers and paper cups. She takes nine really small paper cups and fills one of them full of fishes. She places them all upside down and says:
Fishy, fishy in the sea,
Where oh where can you be
The child has three chances to lift the cup with all the fishes underneath.