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35 Fun Minute to Win It Games!

Choose your favorite Minute to Win It list of party games and let the fun begin!   All the easy Minute to Win It games are fun and challenging at the same time.  Great for birthday parties and sleepovers for girls and boys of all ages!  Great for team building and youth group games and parties.  Kids, tweens, teens and adults all have fun playing these games!

All of the games use easy to find items from around the house. 

Tip!   If you have more then 6 people at your party set up
 different stations with a different game at each station.  
Or divide into teams or groups for the games.   

Scoring:   1st place = 4 points, 2nd place = 3 points, 3rd
place = 2 points and 1 point to players who don't place
1, 2, or 3 but complete the challenge. 

Minute To Win It Games List

Apple Stack
Have the player try to stack 5 apples on top of each other.
5 apples per player

Block Stack
Have each player balance a plate on his/her head and try
to stack five blocks on top of the plate.
5 blocks &
1 plate per player

Breakfast Scramble
Cut the front of popular cereal boxes into 16 pieces and
scramble them. Have the kids (either in groups or individually)
try to put one of the cereal box puzzles back together.
This is a pretty easy challenge, so it’s great to do in the
beginning to build confidence!
Front of different types of breakfast cereal boxes

Candy Corn Stack
See which player can stand the most pieces of candy corn
upright before a minute is finished.
Candy corn

Card Throw
Cut a watermelon in half and make the juicy side face the
player. Give the player a stack of playing cards and have
him/her stand a few feet away from the watermelon. The
player needs to throw a card in such a way that it will stick
into the watermelon.  The player who sticks the most cards
Deck of cards

Cereal Bracelets
See who can thread the most fruit loops onto a pipe cleaner
only using one hand.

Froot Loops cereal
Pipe cleaners

Cookie Monster

Have everyone place a cookie on their forehead. Give
everyone one minute to get the cookie from their forehead
to their mouth without using their hands.

Large cookies

Cotton Ball Nose
Put Vaseline on each player’s nose. Each player has to
transfer cotton balls from one plate to another without using
his/her hands.

Cotton balls

Cotton Ball Scoop
Set an empty bowl on a table and sprinkle small cotton balls around the bowl. Blindfold the individual and hand him/her a spoon. Give him/her one minute to scoop as many cotton
balls into the bowl as possible before time is up!

Cotton balls

Cotton Ball Transfer
Have the player sit down and blindfold him/her. Give him/her
two bowls and a plastic spoon. Fill one of the bowls with
cotton balls and put it on the player’s lap. Have the player
hold the other bowl on his/her head. On go, have the player
try to spoon cotton balls from the bowl on his/her lap into
the bowl on his/her head. The player with the most cotton
balls in the second bowl after a minute wins!

Two bowls
Cotton balls

Defy Gravity
Give each player two balloons. Have the players try to keep
both balloons in the air for 1 minute. To make this even more difficult, have each player use only one hand to keep the
balloons in the air.


Don ’t Blow the Joker
Place a deck of cards (with the Joker on the bottom) on top
of a glass container. When the minute starts, have the player gently blow the cards off of the bottle until he/she gets to the
Joker. The player that blows all of the cards off of the bottle
except for the Joker in under a minute wins!
Deck of cards
Glass container

Doughnut Chew
Tie a string around a doughnut and hang it in-between two
chairs. Using only their mouths, have the players try to eat
the entire doughnut without letting it fall off of the string.
String or twine

Elephant March

Line up a bottles of water in a line. Put a baseball or tennis
ball inside of a pair of pantyhose and have the player put
the top of the pantyhose over his/her head. he player has
one minute to swing the pantyhose (containing the ball)
and knock over each of the water bottles.
Bottles of water
Tennis ball


Feather Breath
Give each player a feather and have them blow it across
the room into a bucket. The feather must be kept in the
air at all times and no body parts may be used to help
the feather. An easier version of this is to just keep the
feather in the air for 1 minute without trying to move it
across the room.


Get the Penny
Put 1 penny into each leg of a pair of pantyhose. Have
the player try to retrieve both pennies in under 1 minute.

2 Pennies

Grab Bag
Select 5 gift bags or paper sacks and cut them to different
lengths. Line these bags in a row on the floor. Have the
player pick each bag up with his/her mouth and put it on
the table. The catch is that the player cannot let any body
part touch the ground except for his/her feet.

5 Paper sacks

Junk in the Trunk
Attach a belt to an empty tissue box and fill the box with
ten ping pong balls. Attach the box around the player’s
waist, with the box facing the back. The player has one
minute to jump and wiggle and try to get all of the ping
pong balls out of the tissue box.

Empty tissue box
Ping pong balls

Listen Carefully
Take 5 old soda cans and fill them with varying amounts
of the same small object (nails, screws, metal nuts, etc.).
Write the amount on the bottle of the can. On each player’s
turn, have him/her shake the cans and arrange them in
order from can that contains the most objects to can that
contains the least. The player that does this correctly the
fastest wins!

5 empty soda cans
Nails, screws, metal nuts, or the like

Marshmallow Toss
Pair the players into teams of two. Give one player on each
team a handful of marshmallows, and give the other player
a small paper cup (like a Dixie cup). Have the player with the marshmallows stand about five feet away from the player
with the cup and try to throw the marshmallows into the cup.
The team that gets the most marshmallows into the cup
at the end of a minute wins!

Paper cups

Noodle Pick-up
Place six uncooked pieces of penne pasta near the edge of a table. Give the player an uncooked spaghetti noodle to hold
in his/her mouth and use to try and pick up the penne noodles. This is much harder than it sounds!

Cooked penne pasta
Uncooked spaghetti noodles

Pick-up Sticks
Use chopsticks to move conversation hearts from one bowl to another. You can also do this with mini marshmallows!
Conversation hearts or small marshmallows

Ping Pong Backboard
Pair the players off into teams of two. Hand the first player a handful of ping pong balls, and have the second player tie a clipboard around their waist (using string/ribbon). Have the
player with the clipboard stand behind a small trashcan and
act as a backboard while the first player throws ping pong
balls at the clipboard so that they will land in the trashcan.
The team needs to get 5 balls into the trashcan goal to win!

Ping pong balls
Clip board
Small trashcan

Ping Pong Peanut Butter
Spread peanut butter onto a piece of bread and put it onto
a table. Have the player stand a few feet away and throw
ping pong balls so that they stick onto the peanut butter.

Ping Pong balls
Peanut butter

Rubber Band Rip
Hang a full toilet paper roll on a rod so that it is suspended
off of the ground. Attach an empty soda can to the bottom
to the end of the roll to help weigh it down. Give the player
some rubber bands and have him/her shoot the rubber
bands at the toilet paper roll to break the paper. This can
be played individually or in teams.

Full toilet paper rolls
Soda cans
Rubber bands

Rudolf Toss
Glue small red pompoms to the ends of pieces of ribbon, each about 6 inches long. Have the players put the string in their
mouth so that the pompom is dangling under their chins. Put Vaseline on each of the player’s noses and have them swing
the ribbon so that the pompom sticks to their nose. No body
 parts may be used to help the pompom, and the player must successfully get the pompom to stick 5 times to win.

Red Pom Pom balls

Runny Nose

Give the player a full box of tissues. Using only one hand,
have the player pull all of the tissues out of the box
(one at a time!) in under one minute.

Full boxes of tissues

Shoe Kick
Set a small table or designate a space about ten feet in front
of the players. Have the player slip their heel out of their shoes,
so that it is still on their feet but will come off easily. On go,
have each player try to kick their shoe off so that it lands
upright on the designated spot. The players can have as
many tries as they want. The players that complete this task
in one minute win!


Stack the Cups
Set out a stack of 36 plastic disposable cups. Have the player make a pyramid stack using all the cups and then return them
into the original stack position in 1 minute!

36 Solo plastic cups

Stacking Hearts
Place a bowl of conversation hearts in front of the players.
Have the players try to build a tower by stacking the
conversation hearts. The player that has the tallest tower
at the end of a minute wins!

Conversation Hearts

Sticky Stack
Give every person a popsicle stick to hold in his/her mouth.
Have each person try to balance 6 playing dice on the
popsicle stick stacked on top of each other and keep them
there for a minimum of 5 seconds. You can also do this with
12 sugar cubes.

Popsicle sticks
6 dice or sugar cubes

Streamer Roll
Give the player two rolls of plastic streamers. Have the player unroll both rolls completely in under a minute using only his/her arms and hands.

That ’s a Wrap
Give each player a set of oven gloves. Have them try to unwrap candy (such as Hershey Kisses or Starbursts) while wearing
the gloves. The player with the most candy unwrapped after a minute wins!
Oven mitts

Wrapped candy

This Sucks
Place a small amount of beans on a table and give each
person a straw. Place a bowl on a table about ten feet away.
Give the contestant one minute to suck a bean onto the straw
and run it to the other bowl. Whoever can do the most in a
minute wins!

Dried beans

Toothbrush Cap
Place a toothbrush in a toothbrush holder on one end of the
room and put a cup on the other side. Give the player a
visor to wear and have him/her pick the toothbrush up
with the visor rim, carry it to the other side of the room,
and set it down in the cup. If the player drops the toothbrush
at any point, have them start over!

Toothbrush holder

Zebra Unicorn Stack
See who can stack the most zebra cakes on his/her forehead in one minute!
Zebra Cakes

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