These Minute to Win It games are hilarious! They are great to play at home with the family or at your next party or group event. Fun for all ages! We had a Family Game Night with a Minute to Win It theme. It was extremely easy to come up with the activities.
This theme made the evening so much fun! We laughed a lot. It also worked really well for all the different age groups from our youngest child right up to us adults. One of the things that makes these games so versatile is that they can be used with groups of all ages.
For our party, I used a Minute to Win It party bucket, but it is no longer being sold, so I created a printable decoration kit for you that includes everything needed to host your own party.
The Minute to Win It Printable Party Pack includes:
- Treat Bag Toppers
- Cupcake Wrappers
- Cupcake Toppers
- Favour Bag Tags in two sizes
- Straw Flags
- Score Sheets
- Game Directions for each of the games here and the games in our Dollar Store Minute to Win It night
I had planned to make cupcakes and number them from 1-12 and have them in the shape of a clock, but I ran low on time (ironic?), so we made mini cinnamon rolls instead. I made a variety of finger foods: veggies, surprise spread, tortilla chips, salsa, spinach dip, focaccia, crackers, cheese, and meat.
Other food ideas for this theme:
- take the top layer off Oreo cookies and draw a clock face on the white part with black edible pen or icing.
- make a veggie tray in the shape of a clock
- fried cheese filled wonton clocks
Minute to Win It Games:
This was the really fun part of the night! All we needed was a timer and things that most people have around the house.
I did buy the ping pong balls, the Oreos, the Smarties, and the pantyhose, but everything else we already had on hand.
For prizes, I bought mini skateboards, parachute men, and let the kids keep a ping pong ball each. All told, the party supplies cost about $5.
Face the Cookie.
- Oreo (or similar type) cookies
This game is also sometimes called Cookie Face.
Have each person place a cookie on their forehead and try to get the cookie into their mouth using only their facial muscles. No touching with your hands!
Einstein did it successfully. He was rewarded with bragging rights and finishing his Oreo!
- 36 plastic cups
This game consists of stacking 36 cups in a pyramid and then back down into a single stack. We have found that the red cups, like the Solo ones, work well for this.
The Ferrari came the closest to conquering this one in one minute, but even he wasn’t completely successful.
Movin’ On Up.
- 7-11 red or white plastic cups
- 1 blue plastic cup or permanent marker
(I love the look on Granola Girl’s face here!)
In this game, start with the blue cup on top of the stack of cups of another colour and stack the cups one by one until the first cup is on top again. Use 8-12 cups depending on the age and ability of those playing. If you don’t have a blue cup, you can mark the rim of one cup with a permanent marker and start with that one on top.
Junk in the Trunk.
- empty tissue box
- 8 ping pong balls
- adjustable belt or wide ribbon
This game is hilarious! With a tissue box strapped around the waist, the participants have to try to get out the 8 ping pong balls just by movement.
It was really funny to watch! We laughed so hard that it was difficult to keep the game going!
Fill an empty tissue box with 8 ping pong balls. Use a belt or ribbon to attach the empty Kleenex box to the player’s waist. Contestants can then shake, shimmy, bounce, jump, or dance in an effort to get all the balls out of the box.
Suck It Up.
- Smarties, Skittles, or M+Ms
- plastic straws
- paper plates
In this game, players have to transfer Smarties or other similar sized candy from one plate to another using only a straw.
My kids were able to eat the Smarties afterwards which no one seemed to mind!
- 2 pennies
Players had to retrieve 2 pennies, one at the bottom of each leg of the pair of pantyhose. This is another funny one to watch. It’s more challenging to complete than it sounds.
Ping Pong Bounce.
- ping pong balls
- six cups
In this game, players have to bounce ping pong balls into six cups. Everyone was able to do it in the minute. It’s nice to choose some games that are a bit more attainable like this one so that people don’t get frustrated.
Mix in the easier ones with some of the more challenging games. This is especially true if younger children are playing.
Keep it Up.
- bucket or bowl
In this game, players have to blow a feather from one side of the room to the other and land it in a bucket or bowl.
This one is much harder to do than it sounds like it would be. In our family, only our oldest son was able to do it successfully. It was awfully fun to try it though!
- index cards
- plastic cups
This game was the hardest of the ones we tried. No one was able to do it in one minute. One of the kids was able to get close though. Maybe if you’re playing these games with a group of adults, you’ll have more luck.
To play, stack an index card on the top of the cup until there are five cups and then yank the index cards out to attempt to create a single stack of five cups.
It was a great family fun night! This was a very easy theme to plan around and it was one of the rare themes that worked well with the broad age range of kids that is represented in our family. It would be a great one to plan for family get togethers, family reunions, birthdays parties, or youth group nights.
Minute to Win It games are based on a former NBC TV show hosted by Guy Fieri where contestants would vie for prizes by competing against the clock in these type of games. They are easy to recreate at home or at the office.
Sign up for a free copy of our Minute to Win It Build Edition challenge cards. Use these cards to create an easy, impromptu games night. All you need is the cards and building blocks such as LEGO.
You can find other hilarious game ideas in our Dollar Store Minute to Win It Night. There, you’ll find Chocolate Unicorn, Puddle Jumper, Ponginator, Hanky Panky, Ball Drop, Breakfast Scramble, and Elephant March.
Our Christmas Minute to Win It is perfect for the holidays!
Or check out our Minute to Win It Thanksgiving Games for your family gathering.
If you’re looking for outdoor large group games to play at a picnic, family reunion, or camping, our Minute to Win It Camping Games are the perfect solution.
If you’re looking for more fun party games for family or group get-togethers, check out The Flour Game.
Another game that is so easy to set up and can be played with large groups and a variety of ages is The Bag Game.
Don’t forget to grab your Minute to Win It Party Pack!
What a wonderful evening! I love the idea. I have never even heard of that game. Hmmmm, That would be fun for New Year’s Eve. I will have to store that idea away. Thanks!!
wow! what a GREAT night, my kids would love something like that! 🙂
Sharla, you are just so darned inspiring! This looks easy enough for *me* to do!!! 🙂
Looks like fun! Good to see Ferrari getting in on the fun as well 🙂
I so need to do this. My kids love games and I love the theme. Thanks for sharing this Sharla. The pics are great. The expressions, priceless!
That sounds like a great New Year’s Eve party idea! Never heard of that before, but I’ll have to look that up!
Oh my! That looks like so much fun!! What a great idea for a family night:)
This looked like so much fun!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I liked your page on Facebook and followed you on twitter also 🙂
Thanks Mia! So glad you stopped by! Your blog is full of great ideas!
Amy @ Raising Arrows says
What a blast! We are definitely going to have to try this!
E. Tyler Rowan says
I LOL’d at the photo of the Hubs doing the “Junk in the Trunk!” Classic. Please blow that up and frame it for his bday. 😀
Jacqui Hodges says
I can’t wait to try this with my children. Would be fun to do at a kid’s bday party too! Thx for sharing!
Hunny Kidd says
You have a wonderful site. I so enjoyed looking through it. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. We have a small youth group and I will be using some of your ideas to help them. Once again…
Thanks & Blessings
Gloria Bosma says
What great ideas! When I was sharing the ideas with Brandon he asked,”On Computer?” Yup, I think it’s time to start playing some real games.
This was a great help to the family
Love this! Pinned!
This would be perfect to link to Family Fun Friday if you have time. 🙂 http://www.happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/
Stephanie Kay says
What a fun family night!! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.
Barb @ A Life in Balance says
Those games are awesome! I’m pinning this for later in the month when we have cousins visiting from out of town.
Thanks so much Barb! We had a lot of fun!
Selena @ Look! We're Learning! says
This looks like a blast! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!
What a great idea for family fun! I have some boys in my house who would love these games, especially with the Christmas holiday coming up!
Sarah Ann says
I love these ideas and am linking back to this from my site, http://faithalongtheway.com, for fun stay-at-home ideas for New Years Eve! Thanks for the inspiration! I’m now a new follower!
Thanks Sarah Ann! We had so much fun!
This is so fun! We will use it for our New Year’s Eve tomorrow:). Are you an adoptive family? We are! (Mexico, Ethiopia, China, US-foster). Love your kiddos!
It was one of our best ever family nights! I hope you have as much fun as we did.
Yes, five of our kids are adopted. Three through the foster to adopt program in Canada and two from Ethiopia.
I’m so pleased I found your post: sounds exactly what we need to pop more ‘fun’ in to our evenings. Thank you!!!!!!
I love this! We’re going to play these are our Thanksgiving Party. How does the scoring work?
Thankyou so much this was a life saver for my brothers birthday it was really fun
I’m so glad!
Cool looks like fun to do