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My church loves to play Minute to Win It games with the youth and, since my husband and I have been involved with the youth in some capacity for the past 4 years, we have been able to witness several of these ridiculous, 60 second challenges that always get hearts pumping and people laughing (and sometimes crying depending on how competitive they are).
Consequently, this summer for our annual, week-long family and friends vacation to Lake Lure in North Carolina, I decided it would be fun to plan a Minute to Win It competition for the kids… all 16 of them!
Please know that my husband and I do not have 16 kids! We have three. But between the 5 couples that made it to Lake Lure this year, there were 10 adults and 16 kids staying in one, relatively small house.
Quarters are tight, to say the least, and people literally sleep in corners and closets. Yet, while the house may be lacking in adequate sleeping space for a party of 26, it excels at making some hilarious and unforgettable memories.
And what better way to add to those memories than to cram 16 kids ranging in age from 3 to 17 in a living room and have them play silly, loud games that tend to end in a gigantic mess?
The answer is simple, there is none. Thus, I picked out 12 Minute to Win It challenges and went to Dollar Tree to stock up on supplies.
Because we had 16 kids competing, it did take us a really long time to finish all 12 of these games. Nearly two hours if I remember correctly. That included, though, time needed for clean-up and set up of the next event, time needed to explain how each game worked and also time to console wounded spirits. Did I mention these kids were competitive?
That being said, you may want to consider having less games if time is of the essence or if you have a larger crowd.
I think this goes without saying, but for each game, players have one minute to complete each task.
As for scoring, you don’t necessarily have to keep score. Not sure if I have mentioned this yet (this is the third time) but I found out really quickly that kids in my family and close group of friends are COMPETATIVE. I mean, like…whoa.
Nevertheless, I do think awarding points and having an ultimate winner brings about chances to teach good sportsmanship and how to handle yourself when you are not the top competitor. Treat everything as a learning opportunity, right? If you’d like to keep score, you can make up your own method or use this one:
- 1 point goes to all who participated
- 3 points to those who successfully completed a task
- For the Marshmallow Toss game, you can give the team with the most marshmallows 5 points, second place 4 points and the third-place team 3 points.
Here is a picture of our score board.
Without further ado, here are the games:
Stack the Cups
What You’ll Need: 21 plastic cups like Solo Cups
How to Play: Have players stack the cups into a pyramid formation starting with 6 cups on the bottom row. If the pyramid falls down they can start back where they left off.
*For an extra challenge, see if there is anyone who can stack AND take down the cups in one minute!
Movin’ On Up
What You’ll Need: 20 plastic cups (or more to make it more challenging) of one color (like Red Solo Cups) and one plastic cup of a different color (like a blue Solo Cup)
How to Play: Have players start with their stack of cups resting on the table in front of them. The ONE cup of a different color needs to be at the very bottom of the stack. Have players pick up the stack and, as quickly as they can, have them take ONE CUP AT A TIME from the top and move it to the bottom of the stack until the one cup of a different color is at the very top of the stack.
What You’ll Need: 5 Solo Cups of the same size (color doesn’t matter) and 4 pieces of smaller cardstock.
How to Play: Stack the cups with a piece of the card stock in between each cup to separate them from each other. Starting from the top, players have one minute to pull or “yank” the cardstock out from between the cups causing the cup on top to fall down and cover the next cup in the stack. Players repeat this until all cardstock has been removed and cups are in one, neat stack.
What You’ll Need: Mini Marshmallows and Solo cups or bowls (one per player)
How to Play: Have players team up. Members of the team sit or stand approximately 10 feet away from each other. At the start, player A has a cup filled with mini marshmallows and player B has an empty cup. Once the timer begins, player A throws as many mini marshmallows into player B’s cup as they can in 60 seconds. After one minute, have team members switch cups and repeat. Count up the number of marshmallows each team was able to catch and give points accordingly for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
What You’ll Need: Plenty of cotton balls, Vaseline and paper plates or bowls.
How to Play: Place two paper plates or bowls approximately 15 feet apart. I recommend having them on tables or chairs so players are not having to bend all the way to the ground. Have competitors smear a blob of Vaseline on the tip of their nose. Players must pick up one cotton ball at a time from a plate or bowl using the Vaseline on their nose (NO HANDS ALLOWED) and race across the room to the other plate or bowl to deposit it there. Again, they may not use their hands. Players that can transfer 5 cotton balls from one plate to the next win points for completing the task.
Suck it Up
What You’ll Need: Plastic drinking straws and Chocolate Candies such as M&M’s
How to Play: There is a few ways to play this game but we chose to do it kneeling where players did not have to walk across a room. Participants stand at a table or kneel on the floor with two plates in front of them. One plate has a handful of M&M’s on it and the other is empty. Players put a straw in their mouth. Without using their hands, they have 60 seconds to transfer at least 10 M&Ms from one plate to the next by sucking them up and over with the straw.
*This was the quietest of the games. Therefore, it was a favorite among the parents. Ha!
What You’ll Need: Small cookies such as an Oreos or Nilla Wafers
How to Play: Players start with the cookie balanced atop their forehead. They have one minute to inch the cookie from their forehead to their mouth using only facial twitches and head movements. No hands allowed! This is my favorite one to watch. It is absolutely hilarious and, added bonus, there is a cookie to eat at the end!
Scoop ‘em Up
What You’ll Need: Plastic spoons, paper bowls and something small, round and light weight. People typically use ping pong balls but we used cheese balls because they were cheaper and I figured the 16 kids could eat the left overs
How to Play: You can have players stand at a table or kneel/lay on the floor with two paper bowls in front of them, one containing a handful of cheese balls. Players place the handle of the plastic spoon in their mouth. When the timer starts, participants use the spoon to transfer at least 10 cheese balls from one bowl to the next. No hands allowed!
One Handed Bracelet
What You’ll Need: Pipe cleaners and a round cereal with a hole in the middle such as Fruit Loops
How to Play: Using one hand only the entire time, players must make a bracelet by threading the pipe cleaner through at least 5 pieces of cereal, tie the bracelet and somehow get it onto their wrist.
What You’ll Need: Tongue Depressors (ideal and easier to use) or craft popsicle sticks (easier to find and cheaper) as well as either several playing dice (sturdier and less messy) or sugar cubes (easier to find and cheaper)
How to Play: Using only one hand, players must hold the stick in their mouth and stack at least 6 sugar cubes in a tower or pyramid at the end of the stick. The stack must stay standing until the minute is up. Bonus point to the person who stacks the most!
What You’ll Need: Several rolls of toilet paper.
How to Play: Players team up. One person is the mummy and one person is the wrapper. The mummy holds one end of the toilet paper in their hand or somehow secures it to their person (tuck it in their shorts or pocket).
When the timer starts, the mummy must spin as fast as they can to wrap the entire roll of toilet paper around their body. If the toilet paper tears away from the mummy at any point, the wrapper can tuck it back into the mummy and spinning can resume.
Teams who can unroll a whole roll of toilet paper in one minute, win! If there is enough time and enough toilet paper, then team members can switch so the other player has a chance to be the mummy.
What You’ll Need: Several rolls of party streamers, two for each player.
How to Play: Make sure players are spaced out for this one, they will need plenty of room.
Each player has two party streamer rolls and holds the ends of them, one per hand. The remainder of the roll is placed on the ground so it lays flat.
When the timer starts, players must spin their arms around wildly to unroll the party streamers, wrapping their arms in the process. Players who can unroll both party streamer bundles in one minute, win!
I hope you have fun with some or all of these games! What other Minute to Win It games have you played and enjoyed? And be sure to let me know how your own competition goes!
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