a minute to win it: a hilarious game

Activities & Days Out / 28 December, 2020 / Nanny Anita

Minute To Win It Games: A Hilarious Game

I hope that you all had a great Christmas. The time between Christmas and new year can sometimes feel a little flat. These minute to win it games are the perfect pick me up for the whole family (they would be a fun way to spend the New Years Eve). Not only are they good to do with children, but they are hilarious to do as a group of teens or adults. These games don’t require anything fancy, just items around the house and a stopwatch.

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The point of these games is that you literally have a minute to win it. The person (or team) with the most points at the end wins. You can either play this as individuals or as a team. If you play as a team then for each game you will need to pick a player to represent you.

Game 1: Lego Tower

You will need:

  • Lego blocks

You have one minute to build the tallest tower. It is up to you whether this tower needs to stand up by itself or not.

Game 2: Naughty or Nice

You will need:

  • Mix of sweets like skittles
  • Paper
  • Cups
  • Pen

On a piece of paper draw a line down the middle and write naughty and nice on either side of the line. Fill your cups with sweets, making sure that there are the same number of red and green sweets. It doesn’t matter about the other colours.

The point of the game is to sort the sweets out. All the red go on the naughty side and the green on the nice side. If one person sorts out their sweets before the minute is up then they win the game, otherwise the winner is who ever has the least number left to sort.

Game 3: Stick on beard

You will need:

  • Vaseline
  • Cotton wool balls

Cover the area that could have a beard with Vaseline. You then have a minute to try and get as many cotton balls on your face as possible without using your hands.

Game 4: Picture on a plate

You will need:

  • Paper plate – if you don’t have it then a piece of paper will do
  • Pen

Place the plate or paper on top of your head, you then have a minute to draw a picture of a given object. For ours we did a snowman, but you might want to do something different. The person with the best drawing (or the one that most closely resembles the given object) wins.

Game 5: Down the face

You will need:

  • A cracker, crisp or biscuit

You have a minute to move the cracker/crisp/biscuit from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands. If it falls off you need to place it back on your forehead and start again. First one to get it into the mouth wins.

Game 6: Pine cone throw

You will need:

  • Pine cones
  • A bag to catch them with

Have one person stand holding the bag, the other person (whose turn it is) has to try and get as many pine cones into the bag as possible within a minute.   The person with the bag cannot move it. The team with the most pine cones wins.

Game 7: Move a marshmallow

You will need:

  • Bowls
  • Marshmallows
  • Spoon

You have one minute to move the marshmallows from one bowl to the other. The catch being you have to have the spoon placed in your mouth.

Game 8: Snowball fight

You will need:

  • Newspaper
  • Tape

Screw up the pages of a newspaper to make into snowballs. Divide the room in half with the tape. The point of the game is to get as many snowballs on the other side of the line as possible. The person with the least number of snowballs on their side wins. If you have lots of people playing as individuals, rather than a team, then you will have to do it in rounds.

EC and YC loved playing these games. EC’s favourite was the naughty or nice game where as YC loved the marshmallow one.

How ever you decide to play you will no doubt have a blast doing them, and remember that the more the merrier is key to these.

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