If you are looking for some fun Minute to Win It Games for kids, here are 20 fun ones to get you started!
A few years ago, NBC aired a television game show called Minute to Win It, hosted by Guy Fieri. It was only on for a few years but it has become an International sensation. Even better, it has inspired people to come up with their own Minute to Win It games to play with family and friends.
Kids compete by using household items to complete tasks in less than a minute. There are several different ways to compete, depending on how many kids are playing.
First – decide if kids are competing alone or in teams. Either is fine, but some games work better with teams.
If you only have a few people playing, you can have the kids play one at a time, competing against the clock. Every time they complete a challenge in one minute or less, they win a prize and move on to the next challenge.
Once they get to one that they can’t complete within a minute, they are done and it is someone else’s turn. Alternately, you could have each person complete the first challenge one at a time until everyone has a turn and then move on to the next. This may work better with small children.
You can also have kids compete individually against each other. Pick two people and have them complete the same task at the same time. Not only do they have to complete their task in less than a minute – they are competing to see who can do it the fastest!
The variety of Minute to Win It Games is endless and astounding! You’ll find games for pretty much any occasion you can imagine and in a variety of themes. No matter what holiday you are celebrating or party theme you have going on, there is sure to be some Minute to Win It Games that fit right in.
The downside to that much variety and selection is that it can get overwhelming, but don’t worry! I’ve picked 20 awesome Minute to Win it Games that I think your kids will love. Just read on for ideas and instructions.
Any of these Minute to Win It games will be a hit at your next party! Even if you just spend time playing these games some evening with your kids, you’ll have so much fun that it will feel like a party – and your kids will be thrilled with the fun!
Important Minute-To-Win-It Party Supplies
One of the best things about Minute-to-Win-It games is that they use items almost everyone already has in their home. In order to play the following games, you will want to make sure you have the following items on hand:
- A timer large enough that everyone can see it.
- M&Ms or similar small candies.
- Several rolls of pennies
- Toilet paper
- Plastic straws
- Large marshmallows
- Mini marshmallows
- Playing cards
- Plastic buckets
- Plastic or paper cups
- Ping pong balls
- Empty tissue boxes
- Cardboard boxes from household products (food, etc) – one title panel cut up into a jigsaw-style puzzle and placed in a plastic bag. Make several different puzzles.
- Paper plates
- Cotton Balls
Fun Minute To Win It Games For Kids
Cookie Face or Face the Cookie
Have the player sit in a chair with their head tilted back. Place a cookie on their forehead. Their goal is to get the cookie into their mouth within one minute using only their facial muscles. If the cookie falls in their lap, they can start over – but only until the time is up!
Suck it Up
With your player sitting at a table, place two paper plates in front of them. Place 10 or more M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, or another similar small candy on one plate. Using a straw and suction from their mouth, players have to move the candies from one plate to the other.
Player stands in open space in the room. Hand them three inflated balloons. The goal is to bounce the balloons up in the air and keep them elevated for an entire minute. If one hits the floor, the round is over.
Stack ‘Em Up
For this one, you’ll want to have several rolls of pennies on hand. Players compete to see who can build the highest single stack of pennies within a minute.
The Spinning Mummy
This game is sure to get someone dizzy, making it fun to watch! The goal is for the player to cover themselves in toilet paper from head to toe, simply by spinning as quickly as they can. Whether the goal is to beat the clock or beat their opponents, this Minute to Win It Game is challenging and fun.
Players starts off with a pile of plastic or paper straws. Sticking the end of one straw inside of the end of another, the player has to build the longest straw before the timer runs out wins.
Marshmallow Bucket Toss
Player stands with a bag of large marshmallows. Someone else stands about 5 feet away with a plastic bucket. Player tosses marshmallows into the bucket. Whoever gets the most marshmallows into the bucket before the timer goes off is the winner.
Set up a large bowl or bucket in the center of the floor or table. From an agreed-upon distance away, player tosses playing cards into the container with the goal of getting the most cards in before timer runs out.
From Bottom To Top
Player starts off with a pile of 20 plastic or paper cups all of the same color or design – and one cup of a different color or design. Stack all cups together with the cup of a different color on top of the stack. When the timer goes off, the player takes the cup on top, sets it on the table, picks up the stack, and places it over the cup. Player repeats this, moving one cup at a time to the bottom of the stack until the cup of a different color is on top again. The player who beats the timer – or completes task faster than anyone else – wins.
This one takes a little advance preparation. As you empty product boxes – breakfast cereal, frozen foods, laundry detergent boxes, etc., take one side of the box (with the most artwork) and cut it into small pieces. Store each collection of pieces in a plastic bag until ready to use. To play Household Puzzle, the player is given one collection of pieces and must put the puzzle together faster than the timer (or faster than their opponents).
Player licks the end of a marshmallow to wet it and sticks it to their forehead. Then they have to walk around and try to keep the marshmallow from falling before the timer runs out (or longer than their opponents.)
Draw On Your Head
The player sits in a chair with a paper plate and a pen or pencil for writing. The player places a paper plate on top of their head and attempts to draw a picture on the plate as they hold it on top of their head. Whoever draws the best picture before timer runs out wins.
Ping Pong Ball Relay
Line up 7 plastic cups in front of the player (leading away from them) on either a table or floor. Fill each cup with water. Each player begins with four ping pong balls. Set one ball to float in the first cup and set a timer. When the timer begins, Player has to blow the ping pong ball from one cup to the next, all the way to the last cup. If the ball falls, the player has to start over at the first cup. The player who gets all four balls to the end before anyone else (or before the timer goes off) wins.
Player stands with a roll of toilet paper. When the timer goes off, the player’s goal is to be the first one to empty their roll of toilet paper.
Don’t Eat the Stems
Player sits at the table with their hands behind their backs. Place several cherries (stems included) on a plate on the table in front of them. Players must lean over and eat the cherries as quickly as possible, leaving only the stems (and pits) behind.
On a long table or countertop, set up a line of disposable plastic or paper cups. The player is handed an empty balloon. When the timer begins, the player blows the balloon up and then releases the air strategically in order to knock the cups over. The goal can be to either knock all cups over before the minute is up or to simply knock over more cups than your opponents.
Junk in Your Trunk
Cut two slits into the back of an empty rectangular tissue box and thread a long ribbon through so you can tie it around the player’s waist. Add eight ping pong balls to the tissue box and set the timer for one minute. The goal is for the player to empty the box of ping pong balls, using only the movements of their body. This game is a lot of fun to watch!
Nose Cotton Ball Drop
The player stands with a cup on the floor in front of them (a heavy cup like a ceramic mug is best). The player holds a cotton ball to their nose and lets it drop from there with the goal of landing it into the cup on the floor. The player who gets the most cotton balls into their cup before the timer runs out is the winner.
The player sits at a table with two paper plates. One plate is filled with a large amount of loose M&Ms. When the timer begins, the player must sort out as many of one color of M&Ms as they can onto the other plate. Whoever collects the most of one color of M&Ms wins.
The player is given a plastic or paper cup and a set of chopsticks. A pile of mini marshmallows is scattered in the middle of the table. Using the chopsticks, player must pick up the marshmallows and put them in their cup. Whoever gets the most marshmallows before the timer runs out wins. (Stabbing the marshmallows is cheating!)
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