Don’t Eat Pete Game {free printable}


Don’t Eat Pete is a game is so simple your older children can play it with your toddler! It’s simple to make and even easier to play. The sky’s the limit with Don’t Eat Pete! Use cereal, dinner or lunch food, as well as any kind of candy to play.

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This has been a family favorite of mine for years!  I’ve used this game countless times and in so many ways.  It’s definitely a go-to and great to keep in a handy place so you can grab it when you need it.

Don’t Eat Pete Game

This is the original game played with M&Ms but I’ve created many versions of this game for the holidays and in a few birthday party themes because it’s perfect for little ones to play with bigger kids or adults.

How to Make:

1. Print out on Cardstock.
2. Cut white edges off leaving an even small trim of white.
3. Glue to colored paper.
4. Laminate. {optional}

How to Play:

Place one piece of candy in each square. Send one person out of the room while the group chooses one candy piece to be PETE. When the player returns he eats the candies one at a time; but the minute he touches PETE the group yells DON’T EAT PETE!! His turn is then over and the next player leaves the room. Continue until all have had a turn.

Other Useful Ideas:

1. Eat Dinner: Use this game to get your toddler to eat his dinner. Cut up the food in bite-size pieces (chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, etc.) Put one piece of dinner in each square. Play the game accordingly.

2. Gifts: Attach a bag of M&M’s and you’ve got a great birthday gift, Thank You gift, hostess gift, or Christmas gift! For Christmas also attach the M&M Christmas Poem.

3. Easter or Halloween Time: Wondering what to do with all that Easter or Halloewen candy? Play Don’t Eat Pete! together as a family.

4. Babysitter Game: This is also a great game for babysitters to play with your children. Kids love the “treat” and it’s enjoyable for all. If you have a child that frequently babysits – make the game for him/her to play with the kids she tends.

Black & White Version

Now your child can color “Don’t Eat Pete!”. As an additional activity print out the black and white version of the game and then have your child color it.

TIP: If you’re planing on laminating the board after your child has colored it – have your child use map pencils or markers instead of crayon. Sometimes the crayon bleads from the heat of the laminating and smears the picture.

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  1. We love Don’t Eat Pete here! Great game for the little kids to play with the bigger kids, we use marshmallows, craisins, cheerios, whatever! I use clip art t0 make ones for the holidays. My kids will love this M&M one!

  2. I have just recently learned this great game and my kids “ate” it up. What a fun game board to go with it.

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