You’re not just mom. You’re also the resident event planner, and you’re on the hunt, searching for fun games for kids. And that’s where minute to win it games come in. Even if you never watched the television show, you can still use these kooky, completely creative and fabulously fun games during your child’s next birthday bash, school picnic or holiday party. Scroll down to see them all.
1. Cookie Face
This is by far one of the favorites of kids just about everywhere. Not only do they get to play a super-silly game, but it’s all done with cookies. Cookies! Place a regular ol’ sandwich cookie on the child’s forehead. They’ll need to use their facial muscles to move it down their face and into their mouth—without using their hands.
2. Sticky Situation
This popular game requires players to bounce a ping pong ball just right, in order to land it on a piece of bread slathered in peanut butter. See the full instructions here.
3. Stack Attack
This one might not be as tasty as cookie face, but it's still pretty popular. Give the kids one single stack of 36 plastic cups. Each child gets one minute to stack all of the cups into a pyramid and then unstack them, making a single column again.
4. Nose Dive
The secret weapon in this game? Petroleum jelly dabbed on the nose. Using their noses (no hands allowed), players must move five cotton balls from one bowl to another, before the minute is up.
5. Penny Tower
How many pennies can your child stack in one minute? If they just guessed a million, they’re not exactly right. The trick to this game is that the child can only use one hand. And believe us, that makes it oh-so-challenging.
6. Nut Stacker
It’s almost like the penny game, just slightly more difficult. Instead of stacking coins with one hand, each child has one minute to stack hex nuts onto a wooden stick or dowel.
7. This Blows
If you’re looking for a minute to win it game that your tween or teen will still get a kick out of, this one really doesn’t blow. Each player has one minute to blow up a balloon and then use the air that’s inside of it to knock over as many plastic cups as they can. If they still have time on the clock they can repeat the steps to blow down any leftover cups.
8. Penny Hose
Take two of the pennies that you used for the Penny Tower game and place one at each end of a pair of pantyhose. In other words, put the pennies in the toes. The child puts one hand in each side and must get the pennies out in under one minute.
9. Noodling Around
Start this minute to win it game with one strand of uncooked spaghetti. The player puts the end of the dry noodle in their mouth. She then has 60 seconds to pick up six uncooked pieces of penne pasta—with the spaghetti. Oh, and without using her hands!
10. Scoop It Up
Move six ping pong balls from one bowl to another, using only a spoon. Again, like some of the other minute to win it games, the kids can’t use their hands. Instead, each child will use a spoon—in their mouth.
11. Cereal Scramble
Cut the front of a cereal box into equal pieces. Stack the pieces into a flat tower and set a timer for one minute. Each child has their own minute to piece the cereal box together.
12. Defying Gravity
Inflate three balloons, and don’t let them touch the ground. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, it’s not as easy as you might think. The kids have to keep the balloons in the air (that’s one child per three balloons) for one minute. That is, without letting the balloons rest on any body part.
13. Card Ninja
Tweens and teens will get a giggle out of this minute to win it game. Slice a watermelon in half, securing it on a table or other flat surface. Give the kids cards to throw (kind of like throwing stars). Whoever gets the most cards into the melon in one minute wins.
14. Puddle Jumper
Set up a series of plastic cups. Fill them to the top with water and set a ping pong ball on the first in the row. The kids need to blow the ball from the first cup to the second. Keep going with more balls, racing to see who moves the most in one minute.
— Erica Loop
Featured photo: Emma Feil Photography