Are you looking for fun party games for kids on family game nights, birthday parties, group events, holiday party or school parties? I love to use a quick and easy minute to win it games for kids and groups. They are fun to play and are fast enough to hold everyone’s attention.
I find the best minute to win it games are ones that are quick and simple to put together. Take a look at these 20 Easy Minute to Win it games for kids and see what will work best for your next party.
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20 Easy Minute to Win It Games for Kids
What Are Minute to Win It Games?
The idea of it started with a fun TV show on NBC called Minute to Win It with Guy Fieri. Each contestant had one minute to finish a task or party game. Contestants tried to win 10 rounds of these fun 1-minute games.
How Do the Games Work?
For Minute to Win It you want quick games that kids can complete in under 1 minute. You are racing to see which player can finish the task first. Often the task seems simple but once you start they can be a real challenge.
The games are all a little silly and add a lot of laughter and fun to your kid’s party. These games can also be fun for adults to play at family game nights, parents’ night out or office parties.
How to Host a Minute to Win It Party
This is a super fun and easy way to host a party at your home or event space. Players can play the Minute to Win It in two different ways.
Game # 1 – Player vs Player For this game, each person is playing to win the whole game by themselves. Play one on one against another player whoever wins the game then goes on to play the next opponent. The winner is the final player left who wins the round.
You can choose just one type of minute to win it a game or choose a few and see which player wins the most games. If you have a smaller group have all the players compete at one time. This will make it easier to see who wins.
Game #2 – Team Players Kids are divided up into 2 groups. Pick out several different minute to win it games to play. Each team puts forward one player to compete in each different game. Keep score of which team wins the most rounds.
Player vs. Clock – If you want to play these games at home as a fun indoor game have your child race the clock. Set an alarm for 1 minute on your phone and see if they can beat it. These are great on rainy days when you need to keep your kids busy.
If you’re stuck at home consider throwing a Zoom Family Game Night. It’s a great way to connect with family and friends when you can’t get out or live far apart.
20 Best Minute to Win It Games
What You Need – 1 Empty Box of Cereal
How to Play – Cut up a cereal box into small pieces and see who can reassemble it back in 1 minute. Tip – I used a pencil on the back to draw out my pieces before I cut it up.
Chop Stick Pick Up
What You Need – 2-3 Sets of Chopsticks (depending on the number of teams/kids), two paper plates for each team, and a bag of candy. The candy can be chosen by the time of year. For instance, candy corn for Halloween, conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day, colored marshmallows for Christmas, or simply skittles and M&Ms.
How to Play – Give each team two plates with 20 pieces of candy on one plate. Have the players move each piece of candy to the other plate using chopsticks in under a minute.
Tip: It is easier for younger kids to pick up squishy marshmallows then hard M&Ms with chopsticks.
What You Need – 42 Solo Cups
How to Play – First, split cups into two groups (21 each) and have two children compete against each other. Kids have one minute to unstack the cups and create a pyramid then restack the cups back into each other. Use the timer on your phone for this and write down the time as they finish. When all the kids are done, look at the times to find a winner. Just add more cups if you want to have more than two kids compete. Tip: when stacking cups up, don’t press them tightly together or they can be hard to get apart.
Moving on Up
How to Play – Stack 20 Cups of one color (red) together then add one to the top of the stack in a different color (blue). When the timer starts, players put the blue cup on the bottom and start restacking the cups until they get the blue cup back up to the top of the stack.
Hold the Dice
What You Need – 12 dice and two plastic spoons or popsicle sticks
How to Play – Players place the plastic spoon in their mouth and try to stack 6 dice onto the end. For younger kids, you could lower the dice amount to make it easier.
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What You Need – Roll of Toilet Paper – how many you need is based on how many teams you have. Each team needs a roll.
How to Play – Each team has two wrappers and one individual to be wrapped with toilet paper. Players roll the toilet paper around the person until they are totally covered minus the eyes and mouth. If the paper breaks start again at the bottom or try and tie the paper together. This one can be a pretty hilarious group game.
Tip: You could use colored streamers instead of toilet paper to match a holiday theme such as red for Valentine’s Day.
What You Need – Two Balloons Per Team
How to Play – Players keep one hand behind their back and try to keep two balloons up in the air for one minute. Adjust how difficult this game is by adding or taking away balloons.
My kids decided to make it more challenging by adding in a lightsaber to help keep the balloons in the air. This would be fun for a Star Wars loving family.
Noodle Pick Up
What You Need – 10 uncooked Spaghetti Pieces and 12 uncooked penne pasta noodles.
How to Play – Place uncooked penne pasta noodles on the edge of a table. Players try to pick up the penne noodles using a spaghetti piece they have in their mouth. See who can pick up the most in one minute.
I suggest a spaghetti piece for each person as these are in your mouth. The penne noddles can be used over again. To make it harder just increase the number of noodles they need to pick up.
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What You Need – 25 Pennies per team
How to Play – Players need to stack 25 pennies up in a minute. Bigger groups could try and see how many of their players can stack up 25 pennies in a minute. The team with the most players finishing the stack wins.
Spiders and Straws
What You Need – Bag of small spider rings, a bag of straws, and masking tape
How to Play – Two players line up with a straw in their mouth. Players need to blow the spider ring across the table to the finish line first. Sometimes I use a piece of masking tape or painters tape at the end of the table to mark the finish line. If you don’t want to do that then the finish line could be when the spider goes over the end of the table.
Tip: The spider ring can be changed for each holiday such as a heart ring for Valentine’s Day. Any cheap ring you can find at Dollar Tree or Amazon will work.
What You Need – 5 Apples per team
How to Play – Each team tries to stack 5 apples in 1 minute. This is a more challenging game so it could be done individually or as a team to figure out the best way to keep them stacked.
What You Need – 1 Oreo Cookie for Each Player
How to Play – Players place the cookie on their faces and try to get it into their mouths without using their hands. This one can be pretty funny to watch and a great group game as several players can go at once.
What You Need – Bag of Straws, 2 paper plates per team, and a small type of candy such as M&M’s, skittles, jelly beans, candy corn, conversation hearts, or goldfish. Use whatever matches the time of year for your party.
How to Play – Each team gets two plates with one plate having 10 pieces of candy while the other is empty. Players then use a straw to suck up the candy and transfer it to the other plate. The one with the most transferred candies wins.
Ping Pong Transfer
What You Need – 6 Ping Pong Balls Per Team, a box of plastic spoons, and two plates per team
How to Play – Players try to move the ping balls from one plate to the other using a plastic spoon in their mouth. See who can move the most ping pong balls in one minute.
What You Need – 1 balloon per player and 1 ping pong ball per team
How to Play – Each player blows up their own balloon. Then they line up at a table or along a hard surface floor with a ping pong ball in front of them. Players release the air from the balloon to try and see who can make the ping pong ball go the furthest. This one involves some strategy and they might want to try it a second time when they get the hang of it.
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Fruit Loop Thread
What You Need – 1 Pipe Cleaner per player and a box of Fruit Loops
How to Play – Players have one minute to use a pipe cleaner to string as many fruit loops as they can onto their pipe cleaner. The tricky part is you can only use one hand.
What You Need – 15 Empty Cans and 4 paper plates per team
How to Play – Player must stack all 15 cans up using 4 paper plates in between. Each team can work together on their strategy to get them all stacked in under 1 minute. There is no one way to make this work so it’s fun to see each team’s strategy.
What You Need – 2 Watermelons and deck of playing cards
How to Play – This is probably the easiest Minute to Win it Game to set up. Just slice the watermelon in half and lean against a chair or boxes to prop it up so the red part of the watermelon is showing. Kids then throw the playing cards like a ninja at the watermelon and see how many they can get to stick in one minute.
Junk in the Trunk
What You Need – One tissue box per player, a bag of ping pong balls, and a thin belt or long ribbon
How to Play – This is the most popular minute to win it game because it’s so funny to watch. To get ready, take a tissue box and cut a slit on each side to slide your belt or ribbon through to tie the box around a player’s waist. Then add in 10 ping pong balls.
When the timer starts, players shake and jump around to try and get the highest number of ping pong balls out of their box. It’s hilarious to watch.
How to Play – Fill up the cups with water. Then line them up in a straight line on a table and have the player stand at the end. The player puts the ping pong ball in the first cup and tries to blow it across to the last cup without falling out of the cups. If the ping pong ball falls, pick it back up and start over. You’ll be amazed how well they skip across the water when you blow on them just right.
Minute to Win It Prizes
Everyone loves to compete for fun prizes when playing games. You could choose to give a small prize to everyone, just the top three or only the winner. Whatever you think will work best for your party. Here are a few ideas of things to buy for the party prizes.
- Give out a medal to all the participants or just recognize the winner.
2. A Trophy for each player
3. Make little goody bags with an assortment of strategic games just like the minute to win it games.
4. Giving out candy is always a winner with kids. I find lollypops tend to be liked by most kids. You could also do a full-size candy bar for the winner.
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Stuck at Home? Do A little School Work Too
If you’re stuck at home because of school closures mix up the fun activities with some at-home learning.
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Did you find a few easy Minute to Win It Games for kids at your next party? It can be stressful to find the right party games for kids that everyone will love but now you’re ready. Enjoy these games at your next birthday party, holiday party or school party.
Let me know if you have a favorite in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.
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