Peas and Straws

Peas and Straws is a fun party game for teenagers and the young at heart. Are you the best sucker at this game?

Age: Adults and older children

No. of players: 2 or more

Equipment: A bundle of peas (fresh, canned or frozen); two cups; a plastic drinking straw for each player

Time: 5+ minutes

Aim: To be the first player to transfer all their peas.

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Peas and Straws can be played by two or more players at a time. You may like to set up a table in front of the audience so every one can clap and cheer the competitors during the race.

1. Each player will require a cup containing twenty peas and an empty cup in front of them. To prevent the spread of germs, each player should be given a clean drinking straw every time they play.

2. On the command "Go!" players transfer the twenty peas from one cup to the other cup as quickly as possible. They must not touch the cups or the peas with anything except the straw.

3. The first player to move all their peas to the second cup wins the competition.

4. You could run this game with multiple rounds and then have a final round between the winners of the previous rounds to determine the grand champion. Alternatively, you could have a knock-out competition where two players compete and the winner of that round faces a new opponent in the next round (and so on) until the winner of the final round is declared as the grand champion.

NOTE: There is nothing in the rules to prevent players using their straw to scoop or flick the peas from one cup to the other, or to stop them bending the straw and using it like a pair of tweezers or chopsticks to transfer the peas. Don't tell them about these other uses of the straws, but if any player does work out a different way commend them for their lateral thinking skills!

Thanksgiving Variation: Use corn kernels instead of peas and call it "Straws and Corn".

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