Pass the Orange (Game Rules) 

This team-building game gets up close and personal as players take turns passing an orange using only their neck and chin. Read on to learn the Pass the Orange game rules. 

This silly game will have players of all ages roaring with laughter because it is more complicated than you might expect. No hands are allowed to pass this fruit from person to person in this game. 

This Pass the Orange game rules guide will cover the following:

  • What is Pass the Orange?
  • What you’ll need to play Pass the Orange
  • Pass the Orange Game Rules
  • How to play Pass the Orange (Video Tutorial)
  • FAQs

Read on to learn how to play Pass the Orange.

What is Pass the Orange?

Pass the Orange is an old party game that requires lots of players and minimal materials. Using only an orange, players take turns trying to pass an orange without dropping it or using their hands.

Number of Players: Teams of at least 4 players each.

Ages: 6+

Difficulty: Easy

Length of Play: 20-30 minutes

Category: Group games, party games, team-building

Similar to: The Umbrella Game, Fruit Salad, Speak Out

Main Objective: Players must use only their neck and chin to pass an orange between teammates. The first team to complete a full round wins! 

Why We Love It: This game is a fun team-building activity for large groups or parties.

What You’ll Need to Play Pass the Orange

The only thing you need to play is 2 oranges and some friends.

Area of Play

Gather all of your friends, colleagues, or associates together and divide them into two teams. The more players, the better when it comes to this fun game. 

Pass the Orange Game Rules

All players line up, forming 2 parallel lines or teams.

Start by giving the first person on each team an orange. The game’s object is to see which team can pass the orange to each player down the line and back again first. 

However, there is a catch! Players cannot use their hands. In fact, players must hold the orange between their chin and their necks and pass it to their teammates, using only their neck and chin to pass and receive. 

This game gets up close and personal, making it a hysterical ice breaker or party game. 

If the orange falls, a player can quickly use their hand to pick it up but must immediately place it under their neck and continue passing. 

The first team to complete the orange pass between all players wins!

How to Play Pass the Orange – Video Tutorial

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is pass the orange game for kids?

While the original gameplay may seem a bit mature, younger players can participate by passing the orange between their elbows! This is a fun alternative that is just as challenging and provides a little more distance between players.

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