Hot Potato with Dot

By June L.

Play Ideas

Quick, pass the potato!

What you'll need:

  • Dot
Set up Time

20 minutes

  • A bunch of your friends!


Turn Dot into a ticking time bomb and then pass Dot around. If the fire siren starts going off when the potato gets to you, you are out! We love playing this at parties where not everyone knows each other as an ice breaker. The person who gets out has to say their name and a fact about themselves.


    1. Program your hot potato using Dot and the Blockly app. Check out our sample code! How do you want your hot potato to work? We like to start out slow and then go faster towards the end of the game.

    1. You’re ready to play! Grab some friends, and have them sit in a circle. It’s time to pass (or toss) the potato!

    1. Explain your program and the rules to your friends. Pass the potato, and the person it stops at is out! If you are using this game as an ice breaker, have the person say their name and something about themselves before they get out! Of course you can also add your own rules.

    1. It’s game time! Share a video of the game in action!

Play Options:

Go App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Path App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Blockly App

Suggested for Ages: 8+

You can pass the potato and program it to ring after a certain period of time. In this case, we have the potato going for about 8 seconds and then 5 seconds before it rings (hint: each light block takes 0.25 seconds to run). Match the number of rounds to the number of friends you have!

You can also program it to ring after a certain number of tosses if you want to toss the potato! Be careful to not hurt yourself if you plan on doing that!

Add some colors and flair to Dot as your potato goes around!

Xylo App

Suggested for Ages: 5+