Dollar Store Minute to Win It

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Our Minute to Win It Family Fun Night was so memorable that I planned another one. This time, I chose to use items from the dollar store to keep within a tight budget. I spent less than $15 for all the supplies.

Dollar Store Minute to Win It Party - so much fun for a family fun night, party, holiday gathering, New Year's Eve, or youth group event.For the decorations, I used our printable Minute to Win It kit which has full instructions for all of the games as well as all the games we played in our original Minute to Win It family fun night.

Minute to Win It Printable Party Pack

The supplies I bought from the dollar store:

  • 2 boxes of kleenex
  • 2 pairs of panty hose
  • 1 pack of plastic cups
  • 1 pack of ping pong balls
  • 1 box of chocolate cookies
  • 1 box of cereal
  • 1 pack of tennis balls

Minute to Win It Games:

Puddle Jumper. To set up for this game, fill three cups with water and line them up, setting a ping pong ball into the first one. The goal of this game is to blow the ping pong ball from one water-filled cup to the next.

Minute to Win It Puddle JumperChocolate Unicorn. All that’s needed for this game are chocolate cookies. Each player gets 10 cookies with the goal of stacking them on their forehead. The resulting stack must remain in place for 3 seconds.

Minute to Win It Chocolate UnicornPonginator. For this game, you will need an empty egg carton and ping pong balls. The goal is to bounce ping pong balls so that 8 of them land in the egg carton within one minute.

Minute to Win It Ponginator

Hanky Panky. This was hilarious to watch! It is more fun as a head-to-head challenge. Each person must sit with one hand behind their back. They must empty all the tissues out of the kleenex box using only one hand as quickly as they can (if head to head) or within one minute.

Minute to Win It Hanky PankyBall Drop. Land three ping pong balls in a single cup while standing on a chair. The trick is to not have the balls bounce out or knock the cup over.

Minute to Win It Ball DropBreakfast Scramble. To set up for this game, you will need to cut the front of a cereal box into pieces. Depending on the size of the cereal box and the age of the people participating in your Minute to Win It challenge, you can either cut the box in 8 or 16 pieces. The goal of the game is to reassemble the puzzle within a minute.

Minute to Win It Breakfast ScrambleElephant March. To prepare for this game, put a tennis ball in the end of a pair of panty hose or put a tennis ball in each leg of a pair of panty hose. Set 8 cups up on the floor to create a walkway. To play, the player must put the panty hose on their head and knock over all the cups by swinging their head from side to side. This is a pretty funny one!

Minute to Win It Elephant March

A note to all the moms out there: maybe you saw this and it just made you feel guilty because it’s one more thing you aren’t doing with your kids. I see you because often, I am you. I don’t want to have the parties or plan crafts or activities to do with the kids unless I have everything I need and can do it nearly perfectly. So years go by while I have the intention of planning a certain activity with my kids and it just doesn’t happen because I’m not organized enough.

This particular Minute to Win It night is a prime example. After our last one was such a success with the kids, I wrote out a plan for this one, every game written out. And my plan sat there for more than a year. One time, I even got a list for the dollar store written out, but then I realized I didn’t have time to bake and decorate a cake and make special food, so again, it didn’t happen. My kids got older, a full year older as my plan got dusty and my guilt grew.

The other day, I decided that we were going to do this but not perfectly. I wasn’t going to wait until my adult kids could get time off work and join us. I wasn’t going to plan any special food or decorate a cake. We were just going to have fun together and build memories.

Your kids get one childhood. You don’t have to make it magical, but you can make it memorable.

You can read more about our printable Minute to Win It party kit here. The supplies you purchased at the dollar store for these Dollar Store Minute to Win It games can be used to recreate almost all of the games from our Family Fun Night Minute to Win It Challenge.

minute-to-win-it-squareThe Flour Game is also tons of fun for the family!

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Edible Fairy Wands

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Making these edible fairy wands with my daughter was so much fun! We used them for a fun snack but they would be great for a fairy or princess themed birthday party or a tea party. They are so simple to make.

These edible fairy wands make such a cute snack for birthday parties, tea parties or just to add a bit of magic into an ordinary day.This is a great recipe for kids to prepare themselves or cook with you. They only require 3 ingredients and a few minutes to bake.

Edible Fairy Wands Recipe:

4 flour tortillas
2 Tbsp. butter
edible sparkling sugar in several colours

Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a stoneware baking sheet that the edible fairy wands won’t stick to.

Cut the flour tortillas into strips that are about 3/4 inch wide, alternating with a wider end and narrower end so that they are shaped like fairy wands. If a child is doing this step, it is safer for them to cut the strips using a pair of kitchen scissors than to use a knife sharp enough to slice through the tortillas.

Place the tortilla strips on the baking sheet and bake for 2 minutes on each side. Your child may need adult help to flip them over.

Melt the butter in the microwave while the tortilla strips are baking.

Lightly coat each of the edible fairy wands with the melted butter using a pastry brush and immediately sprinkle with the sparkling sugar. This step is especially fun and even young kids can be included in this part of the process.

Edible Fairy Wands squareThe fairy wands are now ready for eating. We served ours with tea in our good tea cups for a special treat. My girls thought this was the best snack ever! I know it’s not the healthiest snack, but when you make something yourself, you know exactly how much sugar is in it (or in this case, on it) unlike buying packaged snacks.

Edible Fairy WandsThis simple recipe can infuse a little bit of magic into an otherwise ordinary day. You could read your kids books about fairies or princesses while they enjoy their special snack.

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Body Tracing Affirmation Exercise

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Body tracing can be a great way to foster connection with your child. This particular body tracing activity is particularly beneficial for kids with trauma histories, difficulty connecting with their family or siblings and those with self-image issues. This body tracing therapy activity provides positive reinforcement and also allows kids the chance to practise encouraging others and see themselves more positively.

This body tracing therapy activity provides positive reinforcement and also allows kids the chance to practise encouraging others.For kids with autism and attachment issues due to adoption, eye contact can feel threatening. This activity promotes eye contact and safe physical touch in a fun and relaxed way.

Materials needed:

We began this activity with a small talk with our kids about what would be an encouraging or positive word or phrase and gave them some examples. We wanted to decrease the chance that one brother may write something negative on another brother’s sheet!

To lower your child’s anxiety about this activity, it is usually best for you to be the one who lies on the butcher paper first. Your child can then use a marker to trace around your body. Once your body tracing is complete, get up off the paper and have everyone who is participating write positive words that describe you in the outline of your body. You also need to participate in this part and write positive words about yourself.

Writing positive words about yourself is one of the hardest things about this activity, but it’s important to model that for your child.

Next, it is your child’s turn to lie on the butcher paper. You know your child best. With some kids, you can joke light-heartedly while you are tracing them about their ticklish bits. However, for kids with abuse histories, you will probably want to trace more widely around them so that the marker doesn’t come into contact with any part of their bodies. While you are tracing them, be sure to look for opportunities to make eye contact and give them encouragement.

body tracing affirmation exercise squareNow it is time for everyone present to write words about that child in their body tracing. That child also writes positive words about themselves on their paper. Writing something positive about themselves was hard for some of our kids to do, but once they were able to write one thing, the rest seemed to come more easily.

Lastly, we got someone present to read all the words for each child in the form of “so-and-so is intelligent and cheerful and likes trains and…”. The child whose paper was being read was always beaming by the end.

I was worried about how some of our kids would do with this activity because as siblings, they don’t always have the nicest things to say about each other or to each other but they really caught the spirit of this and they all did an amazing job of building each other up.

body tracing therapy activityWe intended this to be a therapy activity that would boost self-esteem but I feel like it did more than that. There was a feeling of family togetherness and peace when we completed this activity. Afterwards, I heard our kids being more encouraging of each other and I heard less negativity in general.

This body tracing encouragement activity could be used in families, group programs, teams, or schools. It requires no prep, very few items and creates a sense of unity and affirmation.

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The Flour Game

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The Flour Game is so much fun. It’s perfect for gatherings with a variety of different ages because it can be played by anyone from a preschooler up to great-grandparents. This makes it a great option for family reunions or Christmas or Thanksgiving get togethers. It would also be great for a youth group event.

This flour game would be perfect for large parties, youth group events or family reunions because you can play with a wide range of ages.Another great thing about this game is that it takes very little prep and very few supplies. It can be played pretty much anywhere including outdoors so you could even play this when your family is camping.

Materials needed:

  • bowl
  • plate
  • knife
  • flour
  • LifeSavers or other small hard candies

Fill a bowl full of flour and pack it down. Continue to add flour until the bowl is full to the top and level it off. Place a plate over the bowl and carefully tip it upside-down and lift the bowl off, creating a mound of flour on the plate. Set a LifeSaver on top of the mound of flour.

The Flour Game squareEach player takes a turn cutting the flour trying not to allow the LifeSaver to fall. Players continue to take turns cutting the flour until the candy falls. The person that cuts the flour which causes the LifeSaver to fall has to then retrieve it with his mouth.

The Flour Game FBIt’s impossible to retrieve the candy without getting a face full of flour making this part quite funny! It’s also funny to see the attempts to retrieve the candy with minimum flour-face-coverage.

We played The Flour Game during our Just for Laughs Family Fun Night. Mackenzie was the first the end up fishing out the LifeSaver with his mouth. He did well retrieving it and only managed to get flour on his nose, mouth and chin but the others that followed after him weren’t so lucky! Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of that because I was laughing too hard and too engrossed in the game.

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