Don’t Eat Pete…Eat a Root

When Luke (my seven year old) was about two, my mother gave us a board book that came with a little tin of Cheerios called, Don’t Eat Pete. Each page has pictures of 9 to 16 different faces on it. Faces made out of clay, animal faces, etc. You pick a page, place one Cheerio on each face and have one person leave the room or cover their ears. Then you pick which face will be “Pete.” After that person comes back in the room, they slowly eat the Cheerios one by one. Right when he/she is about to put the “Pete” Cheerio in their mouth, everyone else yells, “DON’T EAT PETE!” It sounds like a very simple stupid game, but kids love it!

This morning Luke, Isabel and I taught Sylvia how to play. She caught on and was delighted whenever we would shout “DON’T EAT PETE!” at her. The company who made the book is called Klutz and I went to to try to find this book but I guess it is not in print anymore. However, I did find this site that has the Don’t Eat Pete game but with M&M’s and a printable game board. We will have to play with M&M’s next time…yum.

From the February 2008 edition of Friend magazine I had Luke and Isabel make these cute hearts and write or draw what they love. While they were busy with that I put together the one from the magazine that I used as the pattern and showed them what Heavenly Father gave us because he loves us.


Last night I went grocery shopping with root vegetables on my mind and came home with a jicama or a “Mexican Potato” or “Mexican Turnip.” That is exactly what they look like too. At lunch today, I was pretty timid about cutting it, but once I found out how easy it is to peel it with a knife and then slice up, I wondered why I haven’t been buying jicamas all the time! Yummy.


Isabel and I liked to say “We’re eating roots!” Luke was very serious and kept correcting us, “They are root vegetables.”


9 thoughts on “Don’t Eat Pete…Eat a Root

  1. We used to play “Don’t Eat Pete” all the time in Argentina, except we called it “No comas a Tomas”. It was always a big hit! We made our game by putting rows of stickers (usually 4×4) on construction paper and then covering it with contact paper.

  2. Well there you go. Another easy way you can make the game board. Thanks Melissa, that is good to know that other people play it. I had never heard of it before and was thinking that maybe it was some random lost game.

  3. Thanks for the links for the game. My kids have never played this and I have seen it once when the YW played it with some kids from church. I know my kids will have a blast with this. I think we will be using goldfish, it’s all we got 🙂

  4. I LOVED playing “Don’t eat Pete!” with Luke and Isabel when Isabel was really little. If I recall correctly she never really cared that she was eating Pete. Or it never really phased her that she could stop. Ha ha. I think Justin and I will play that game with some of the families he home teaches.

  5. I played this game for years with my children, and then two years ago I started working part time at an elementary school with children struggling to read. I laminated a game board so weekly vocabulary words could be written in the squares. One student puts his head down while the rest of the students choose one of the words. The first student then has to read the words without hearing everyone call out “Don’t Read Pete”. We keep track of how many words each student has read. They have a lot of fun trying to save Pete for last so they can read him too.

  6. Hello-
    I am looking for the game don’t eat pete and I stumbled upon this and you are the only person I have ever known named Sabrina. I met you in High school when you moved in – Mountian View. I am Fran, took sign language and dance with you. I have 5 kids, live in NC. If you remember me let me know. How funny- back to looking for Don’t eat pete!

  7. Hello Francine Ruby! I certainly remember you and our ASL rendition of Rubber Ducky. I have a little Don’t Eat Pete board book that I received as a gift 8 years ago and have looked it up but it seems it is out of print now. You can easily make your own or use bingo cards! Great hearing from you.

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  9. I am posting about this on Friday on my blog. We played it with my 2 year old the other day and although we explained what was going to happen when we shouted “Don’t eat Pete” she burst into tears. We played several times but that was her consistent reaction. I think she’ll get it though. 🙂

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