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Friday, June 10, 2016

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

For my daughter's twelfth birthday party, we gathered a bunch of her besties, some odds-and-ends from around the house, and as much verve as we could muster for an epic Minute-to-Win It style showdown.

It was a battle-it-out morning with each contestant competing for the chance to be declared champion (With gentleness and grace, of course.)

Rules of Play

When each game was announced, contestants took turns completing a challenge for exactly one minute. Some games had to be played one-at-a-time, while others had multiple players competing in each round of play. Points were awarded for the following:
  • 1 point- for participation
  • 5 points- for finishing the challenge in the allotted one minute and/or accomplishing more of the task than any other contestant
The player with the most points at the end of the morning, was deemed the winner!

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10 Minute-to-Win It Games

Here are the shopping lists and simple instructions for ten of the games we played together at the party. For the most part, all of these challenges can be played by kids ranging in age from 4 to 104! (Please be aware that some of the games require small pieces and could be considered a choking hazard by really small children.)

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Chopstick Relay

You will need:
small bowl

Scatter the dice on the playing surface. Hand a player a pair of chopsticks and a bowl. He must move each die from the playing surface to his bowl using only a pair of chopsticks. To make it slightly more difficult for older kids or teens, have the playing surface and the bowl in two separate locations. The player would then need to walk each die across the room or yard in order to deposit them all into his bowl. Any player who successfully gets all the dice into his bowl receives 5 points.

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Stick to It

You will need:
2 paper plates

Fill one of the paper plates with a handful of cotton balls and set it next to the other paper plate. The second paper plate should be empty. Put a dollop of petroleum jelly on each player's nose. Each player must transfer all the cotton balls from one plate to the other using only her nose. The player who moves the most cotton balls in one minute wins 5 points.

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Don't Drop 'em

You will need:
a large playing area

Give each player three inflated balloons. He must keep all of them floating in the air for the entire minute by swatting them upwards with only his hands. Should any of his balloons touch the ground or surrounding furniture, the player is disqualified and is only awarded one point for participation. Any player who can keep all three of his balloons suspended in the air for the entire minute receives all 5 points. Players may attempt to sabotage the balloons of the other players by knocking opponent's balloons out of reach. 

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Scoop It

You will need:

Blindfold a player. Set two empty bowls in front of her. Fill one bowl with a dozen cotton balls. Leave the other bowl empty. Instruct the player to put her non-dominant hand behind her back. Place the spoon in her dominant hand. The player then must transfer as many cotton balls from one bowl to the other using only the spoon. The player who can transfer the most cotton balls in one minute wins the game and is awarded 5 points.

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Stab 'n Grab

You will need:

Scatter Legos® around the playing surface. Hand a cup and a drinking straw to a player. He must stab one of the Lego® studs (the raised bumps) with the end of his straw. This will allow him to pick up the Lego® brick and transfer it to the cup. The player must not touch the brick with any part of his body. The transfer has to be entirely done with the straw. The player with the most bricks in the cup at the end of one minute is awarded 5 points. 

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Keep the Change

You will need:
a child-size belt
a milk jug with the top half cut off at an angle
a dozen pennies

Loop the handle of the milk jug through the belt and wrap the belt around the waste of a player. The jug should be resting on her back. Put all the pennies into the jug. Instruct her to jump to get all the pennies to fall out of the jug. Any player who successfully bounces all of the pennies out of her jug earns 5 points. 

Stack It

You will need:
a spoon

Instruct each player to put the handle side of a spoon into his mouth so that the bowl of the spoon is sticking out in front of his face. The player who can stack the tallest tower of dice onto the bowl of his spoon using only one hand in one minute wins. If a player's dice topple during the play time, he can begin stacking again and continue to do so until the minute is up. 

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Knock it Off

You will need:

Stack 10 plastic cups into a pyramid on the floor. Put a tennis ball into one leg of the nylons. Place the waist side of the nylons onto the head of a player so that the leg side and tennis ball hangs freely down the side of her body. With her hands behind her back, each player must swing the tennis ball in order to knock over each plastic cup. To make it more difficult for older kids and teens, don't stack the cups into a pyramid. Instead, line them up in a single-file row. Each player who can successfully knock over all of the cups receives 5 points. 

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Full of Hot Air

You will need:
long playing area

Using the masking tape, mark a starting point and an ending point on the playing field. Place the tissue paper on the starting tape. Instruct the player to blow the paper across the playing field to the other piece of tape. To make it more difficult for older kids or teens, put other larger objects in the way so that the players must go around/over/under in order to reach the ending tape. Any player who can blow his paper across the ending point in one minute is awarded 5 points.

10 Minute-to-Win It Games for Kids

Ready, Aim, Fire!

You will need:

Stack 10 cups on the floor to form a pyramid. Each player must use the rubber bands to shoot and topple all of the cups. The player who topples the most cups in one minute wins 5 points. 

These fast-paced, frantic games along with her Book of Twelve made for a memorable last birthday of childhood.

Next year? The teen years! (gulp!)


  1. This is so fun!! My daughter’s 13th birthday is coming up & she’ll love all of these-thanks for taking the time to post (and with pictures-I need that more often than not :) )! I might even use these for all the kids on New Years Eve, so fun for all ages!

    1. These would be great for New Year's Eve!