Spear the Potato

I bet you’d never think that a plastic straw could break through a raw potato!
Supplies
2-3 straws per person
1 raw potato per person
Setup

1. First, hold the straw firmly in your writing hand.
2. Next, hold the potato in your opposite hand. Make sure your hand holding the potato is at the end opposite of where you intend to stab the potato.
3. Now go ahead and stab that straw through the potato!

How to Play

1. There is a secret to this activity if your straw didn't slide right through.
2. The trick is to place your thumb of the hand holding the straw, over the straw's top opening. Without placing your thumb on the top of the straw, the trick will not work.
4. I suggest first showing the children how to do it, without mentioning the “thumb over the straw part.” See if they can figure it out.
5. Eventually, you’ll have to give the secret away.

Variations

Use zucchini, oranges, squash, lemons, or grapefruit to experiment with.

Stats
Activity Length
5 minutes or less
Age
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Teen
Difficulty
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Indoor/Outdoor
Either
Mess Factor
Dustpan, please
Number of Players
As many as you can handle!
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Space Needed
Medium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage)
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)