These Minute to Win It Games are perfect for all ages – challenging enough for older children and adults, but easy enough for little kids to join in the fun! They are the perfect way to spice up birthday parties, family game nights, and gatherings with friends!
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Minute to Win It Games & Birthday Party Ideas
We recently celebrated my son’s 9th birthday with a Minute to Win It birthday party, and it was a TON of silly fun! These 10 fun games were perfect for all ages (we had guests from ages 4-60 playing these Minute to Win It games, and everyone had a blast!) – challenging enough for the older kids and adults, but still simple enough games that the younger children could play as well. Great family fun!
The fun game ideas below incorporate plastic cups, empty tissue boxes, and other household items to create a memorable and entertaining experience for everyone involved. From competitive challenges to cooperative activities, there’s something for everyone regardless of their skill level.
These games make for a fun night that will be remembered long after the last round has been played!
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How to Throw a Minute to Win It Party
Minute to Win It Party Invitations
Before you dive into the depths of party planning, you’ll need to get started with party invitations! We found some great invitation choices on Etsy that cater to the fun way Minute to Win It games bring people together (clockwise from top left):
- Minute to Win It Party Invitations by Candles and Favors
- Minute to Win It Party Invitations by Cherry Digital Design – customize with any colors!
- Minute to Win It Party Invitation Collection by Babadoo Stationery – 5 different styles to choose from!
- Minute to Win It Invitations by Cherry Digital Design – customize with any colors!
There are actually a LOT of great choices if none of these suit your style – check out ALL of the Minute to Win It party invitations here!
Minute to Win It Party Decorations
Next, it’s time to focus on party decorations!
My favorite way to decorate for birthday parties is to choose a color theme and match my party supplies accordingly. It’s a quick and easy way to make everything look clean and coordinated!
The classic Minute to Win It game show (remember that one…with host Guy Fieri?) colors include red, white, black, and blue, but any color combination can work! You can find many Minute to Win It Party printables available in various color palettes.
Once you have your invitations, party date, and decorations chosen, it’s time to move on to games and entertainment!
How Do You Play Minute to Win it Games?
Minute to Win It games can be played and scored in several different ways and can be adjusted depending on the size of your party group. Typically, games are played individually at smaller parties (around 6-8 guests) and in groups or teams at larger parties. In individual games, the first player will try to race the clock, and points will be awarded based on whether or not the challenge is completed before time runs out.
In individual games, the first player will try to race the clock (set at one or two minutes, depending on the age of the party guests and the difficulty level of the challenge), and points will be awarded based on whether or not the challenge is completed before time runs out. For these individual games, we usually opt to have players score 5 points if they complete the task on time, 0 if they do not.
For larger parties, challenges are completed head-to-head in smaller groups with 3-5 players at a time competing to beat the clock. The timer is set, and points are awarded based upon whether or not the player is able to complete the task before the time runs out. We like to add extra bonus points for the player who finishes first, so we typically score as follows: 5 points if you finish first (or collect the most, etc.), 3 points if you complete the challenge, and 0 points if you do not.
In the end, the points are tallied, and prizes are awarded to the top finishers.
BEST MINUTE TO WIN IT PARTY GAME SUPPLIES:
With just a few supplies, you can play all ten of these entertaining games and more! Check out the bottom of this post for additional Minute to Win It games that you can play with these same supplies!
- Stopwatch or a phone with a stopwatch function
- Oreo Cookies or other sandwich cookies (1 per person)
- Pennies (25 per player; 2-3 players compete at a time)
- Plain M&Ms Candies (25 per player)
- Plastic Drinking Straws
- Small Paper Plates (6)
- Bounce Off Party Game
- Multi-Colored Ping-Pong Balls (lots!)
- Red and Blue Plastic Party Cups (number needed will vary depending on if players play individually or head-to-head)
- Plastic Spoons (1 per player)
- Small Plastic Bowls (6)
- Bamboo Skewers (1 per player), snip off any sharp ends
- 5/8″ Hex Nuts (5-8 per player; 2 players compete at a time)
- Empty Tissue Box (2-3)
- Fully Adjustable Belt or long length of wide ribbon (2-3)
- 9″ – 12″ Balloons (at least 6+ a few extra in case of accidental popping!)
10 Fun Minute to Win It Game Ideas
This is a great game to kick off the party because all of the players can compete simultaneously, making it a fun way for everyone to join in! (Or, if desired, you could also break it down into several smaller groups or several rounds of game play). The first person to successfully complete the challenge sets the bar for the next player!
Each player places a cookie on their forehead, and the goal is to get the cookie into your mouth using only your facial muscles in under 1 minute. No hands allowed! This game is definitely more challenging than it first appears!
STACK IT UP:
Players must stack 25 pennies into a single stack in under a minute using only one hand (increase the number of pennies for older children and adults as desired). This game works well with 3 players competing in each round of play.
SUCK IT UP:
Players place a straw in their mouth and use gentle suction to transfer a pile of 25 M&M’s from one plate to another in under one minute. Only one hand may be used to hold the straw. Everyone gets to eat their candy when the round is finished! This game also works well with 3 players competing in each round.
PONG TAC TOE:
Pong Tac Toe was a favorite among our guests – some adults even asked to play it twice! We used three trays from the Bounce-Off Party game and assigned one to each of the three players. Each player had one minute to bounce ping pong balls down the length of the table and into their tray – 3 in a row (in any direction) wins! We recommend assigning one color of ping pong balls to each player for easy identification.
Players must stack up a pile of plastic cups and then place them back into a single stack in under a minute. This is a fun idea for younger players as well as older ones!
The original Minute to Win It version of this game calls for 36 cups to be stacked, but we reduced the number of cups for the younger players. Each child stacked 21 cups, and we discovered that this was the perfect number that resulted in exactly half of the kids being successful. Challenging, but not too challenging!
Two players competing in each round works well and allows enough space so that any falling cups won’t accidentally knock over your competitor’s stack, too!
SCOOP IT UP:
Using nothing but a spoon in your mouth, transfer six ping pong balls from one bowl to another in less than one minute. No hands allowed! Hands are only permitted 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. 2-3 players compete for each round of play.
MOVIN’ ON UP:
This game provides a great way for players to showcase their dexterity and speed!
Each player starts with a stack of 25 red cups with one blue cup (or other different color) at the top of the stack. Start by moving the top blue cup to the bottom of the stack, and continue moving cups from the top to the bottom until the blue cup is back at the top of the stack again.
Again, we modified this from the original adult version of the game that calls for 40 cups, and found that 26 cups was a great amount for the kids to work with. Of course, you can adjust this number accordingly depending on the age of the players and number of players in your groups. We found that 2-3 children per round of competition worked well.
Thread 5-8 hex nuts onto a wooden skewer. Using only one hand on the skewer, stack up all of the nuts in under one minute. Since this game requires the table to stay as still as possible, only two players compete per round.
JUNK IN THE TRUNK:
This game involves an empty tissue box and is perfect for family game nights, as it’s equal parts challenging and entertaining! Definitely another crowd favorite at our party!
To prepare for this game, empty a tissue box, and use an X-Acto knife to make two slits into the bottom of the box. Thread an adjustable belt or wide ribbon through the two slits to create a tissue-box-on-a-belt. Removing the thin plastic barrier from the tissue box opening will make game play easier (for younger children) or keep it intact for more challenging play.
To play the game, strap the tissue box onto the player’s back (around the player’s waist), and fill it with 6-8 ping pong balls (we used 6, but 8 would be appropriate for older children and adults). Shake, shimmy, jump, and dance around until all of the balls have fallen out of the tissue box or you hit the one minute time limit. No using your hands and no laying down – it’s more challenging than you might expect! This game is hilarious to watch in action!
Using only one hand, players must keep two balloons from touching the ground for one minute. This is a perfect game for younger players to develop their coordination skills while having fun!
For a more challenging game, increase the amount to three balloons per player (and use different colored balloons for each player to make it easy to differentiate!). No holding the balloons! 2 players per round of competition works well to give the players ample space to move their balloons around.
MINUTE TO WIN IT GAME PRIZES
At the end of the games, total each player’s points. Depending on the size of your group, you may opt to award a prize to only the highest scoring player, or you may choose to award prizes to several top players.
I designed and created these fun “gold medal” and “silver medal” champion prize shirts for our top two winners. These prizes were a great way to reward players for their efforts!
I used heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in white, bright red, sky blue, metallic gold and metallic silver to create our grand champion prizes, and they were a huge hit with everyone – if they didn’t win one this time around, they’re all certainly hoping to win one at the next party!
If you’d like to create your own Minute to Win It shirts, you can get the MTWI SVG File in our shop!
The birthday boy was super happy to be one of the grand prize winners, and they both loved their shirts!
Aside from the two grand prize winners receiving their special “Champion” shirts, each player also received a blue prize ribbon and a goofy “prize money” necklace.SO much fun!
Everyone had a blast playing these fun Minute to Win It Games – they really were some of the best games for kids ever! All ten games took twelve kids about an hour and a half to complete, and it felt like the perfect amount of time to hold everyone’s attention and interest. This was an incredibly fun party, and it was actually quite inexpensive to host, too!
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Kervyn Garcia says
I love these games ♥️♥️
Becky Howard says
These look so much fun! It reminded of Popcorn Olympics I read about on a different blog. One of those games can be added here, as well.
Kids should stand on an elevated surface, like a chair or a sofa and they should drop popcorn into a cup. The winner has the most popcorn in their cup.
To “convert” it into this kind of game, they could be require to get a certain number of popcorn into a cup under a minute.
Thanks for the great ideas!
Beth Bishop says
I like your gift in a jar idea. It’s something different, cute, an neat. I would like to do this idea as gifts for Christmas. Is there any way you can make a tag saying I just want to TEAL you Merry Christmas in the same font? I would greatly appreciate it.
Wow! Those lists are exactly what I need! Suck it up seems really fun. The prizes are so cool too. Do you have any more suggestions aside from the shirts?
shira rubin says
Hi Heidi! Thank you so much for this post. We were supposed to have a low key birthday party with bunch of boys playing football in the back yard. When the forecast said rain, I found your post. The kids all had a great time. They enjoyed both playing and watching each other.
Yay, I love hearing that! I’m so glad that everyone had a great time, Shira! 🙂
I’m planning my 8 year-old daughter’s b’day party and I have to keep her friends entertained and busy. I love all of your ideas. Thank you so much for this post!
i didn’t see a response earlier, so i’ll ask again,….
would you be willing to share or sell your tshirt file for layering the words and logo, please?
Unfortunately, I no longer have the file. It was lost in a computer crash. Sorry!
I’m a room mom and am responsible for hosting a spectacular end-of-school year party for 30 third graders next week. You’ve just taken a load off of my mind! Thank you for all the great ideas and suggestions. The kids are going to have a BLAST!
Hey Heidi, I actually followed your guide and purchased the Pong Tac Toe game for my son’s birthday. Very fun indeed. Took more than a minute, but we still got it! Haha
Thank you for sharing these!
Thanks for taking the time for this. Very useful for my son’s birthday party tomorrow 🙂
Kremena Doust says
Hi! I loved the many ideas for family fun and shared them on our fb page https://www.facebook.com/New-Canaan-Parents-4-Kids-137210833360728/ . They are simple, engaging and hone useful coordination and precision skills. Thank you!
Paul Smith says
Awesome ideas! Our Cub Scouts are going to LOVE these. Thank you!
How did you score the games?
The score keeping was simple: If a player attempted the game he/she automatically received 3 points, and if they were able to complete the task in under a minute they received 5 points.
Sandy / frugalable.wordpress.com says
Thanks for the ideas. Im using these for my 12 yr old’s birthday party tomorrow. Prompted by the picture of the water pistols and the matchbox cars- iv also including a game using nerf guns and matchbox cards- give my players a full cartridge of bullets to get their vehicle over the line. So many options. I especially like your scoring. Iv got some $10 gift cards for the first 3 winners. Wish me luck!
We played these games with our adult sons and their wives and had a great time! Thanks so much! I am going to post them on my blog. http://www.schoolmarmohio.com
This is such a great games for a kid’s birthday party. I love each participant gets 3 points for just competing. Will show this to my 8 year old son, who’s having a part in a couple of months
Thank you for sharing your great ideas and making this an easy party to throw. We’ll be doing our party tomorrow and I can’t wait to see how much fun it’s going to be for the kids!