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Posted by Cindy Hopper ·
June 1, 2019 ·
Last Updated: June 1, 2019
Minute To Win It Games are great family fun, perfect for children and adults, and can be played at any party or big group get-together. It is also easy to come up with new variations of games – you can find great ideas all over the internet.
Here are a few variations of minute to win it games for adults and kids we have tried and love…
Minute To Win It Supplies
Do you have a group of adults and children you need to entertain? Play minute to win it party games! These are high energy games you can play with people of almost all ages. The format is perfect for a birthday party or other gathering with a big mix of people because it is easy to create variations and get everyone laughing!
There are so many ideas for games, so be sure to search the internet for even more. If you find some we don’t cover in the game list here, please share them with us in the comments! Most of the ones below we have tried and had great success (so I share them with you). Most of the challenges work best with 2-3 players at once.
Here is a list of supplies you will need for these five games below… (you probably have a lot of these items already):
Cookies (store bought work best for stacking)
Straws (we love the fun striped ones pictured below)
Ping pong balls
Be sure to have snacks and other things to do for those waiting for their turn. Games like Uno, Catch Phrase, and puzzles are great to have on hand to keep everyone playing and having fun. We also love a portable blue tooth speaker for music!
Minute To Win It Games For Kids
This game is harder than it sounds, which makes it a total classic minute to win it game. Kids love it because it’s hilarious to both play and watch, and you get to eat a cookie in the process of playing. It really doesn’t get any better than that, right?
To play, simply have a player sit in a chair and lean their head back. Now place a cookie on a player’s forehead, and start a timer or stopwatch if you wish. The goal is to move the cookie from your forehead down into your mouth using only your facial muscles, all in under 1 minute. No hands!
Stack it Up
In this game, each player must stack as many pennies as they can in under a minute, using only one hand. This is another one that is harder than it sounds because you’re racing against each other and trying to beat the clock.
We like pitting three players against one another and going for as many pennies on the stack as possible, but you can also do one or two players at a time with a goal of 25 or 30 pennies. An even higher-stakes variation might be having players put their dominant hands behind their backs to complete the task!
Suck them up
In this game, players place a straw in their mouth and transfer a pile of 25 M&Ms from one plate to another in under one minute. Only one hand may be used to hold the straw, and you have to move the candies by sucking them up, so they suction onto the straw.
To “up the ante,” you can make a no-hands rule, so players have to act like human anteaters – it’s tough! We put the plates on opposite sides of the table and it was quite the commotion getting the M&Ms from one plate to the other.
Players stack up a triangle of 21 cups, then place them back into a single stack in under a minute. Two players can compete at a time – we used red and blue cups. Set this game up by simply setting out stacks of cups at opposites sides of a table.
When you start the timer, players will race to build their triangular towers, then take them all down again and put the cups back into a stack. We didn’t get that far in every match because the cups would go scattering everywhere in the excitement! If the stack collapses before the time runs out, the other player wins.
Scoop it up
Using only a spoon in your mouth, transfer 6 ping pong balls from one bowl to another in less than a minute. No hands! Well, you can use your hands, but only if you drop the ping pong ball, and then they can be used to place the ball back into the original bowl for another transfer attempt. This game is made super tricky by how lightweight and bouncy ping pong balls are – we had balls ricocheting off every which way!
More Minute to Win it Games for fun!
Keep It Up
Have an individual or a team keep a balloon afloat for one minute by only using their heads, toes, etc. or whatever rule you make up. When the balloon touches the ground, they’re out of the game. The last person or team with a balloon afloat wins.
Junk in the Trunk
Attach an empty rectangle Kleenex box around the waist and fill it with 8 ping pong balls. Now shake and move about to try to remove the ping pong balls from the tissue box. This one will have you in tears with laughter!
Attach a pedometer onto the head of each player and have them move their head back and forth quickly to achieve as many “steps” as possible before the timer runs out. Talk about ridiculous fun – I felt a little dizzy after trying this one but the kids couldn’t get enough of it.
Players bounce a ping pong ball off the wall and into a bucket. Whoever has the most balls in the bucket at the end wins. It’s a simple concept, but it takes a little finesse to be good at it. Watch your kids slam the ping pong balls at first thinking that’s the way to get it done – so funny!
FUN Party Games
If you are looking for more silly ways to have fun at a party, try the Newlywed Game or Would You Rather. These family games are perfect for a game night. And if you have a break in the conversation, you are sure to get a laugh with one of these kids jokes.