I think it’s time to post some more of our fun Minute To Win It Game ideas. Just in time for the holiday parties. These are Minute to Win It Games for Christmas. Over the past month, the kids and I have tested out a slew of Minute To Win It Games, and we’ve picked our favorites to share with you all. These are the ones that were simple enough for kids to do them yet challenging enough for adults to enjoy them. Come on in and I’ll share our favorite Super Fun Kid Friendly Minute To Win It Games with a Winter and Christmas Theme!
Super Fun Christmas Themed Minute to Win It Games for Kids, Teens, and Adults
Above is a short video of just SOME of our favorite Minute To Win It Games. You’ll find these games and more in the links below.
What are Minute To Win It Games?
A while back the network NBC hosted a game show called Minute To Win It. Contestants tried to complete challenges in under 1 Minute. When they completed the challenge correctly, they were able to advance to the next level.
Games started out as low-level games and moved to higher-level (more difficult) games. The players were there to ultimately win a cash prize.
Some challenges were played out with one player and some were played with two people.
Today, most people play these fun and hilarious games at birthday parties, group events, Christmas celebrations, Thanksgiving holidays, and church functions
How to Play Minute to Win It Games
One Player at a Time Version (Small Groups) –
A player will go up against the clock. Tasks must be completed in under 1 minute. If they perform the task in under one minute – you can award a certain number of points.
Tasks too hard to complete – If another player will go after the participant, then they can compete to see who does the most in under 1 minute. The player that does the best, will get the points.
Playing with Large Groups –
One player per team will go head to head. The players should swap out for each game so everyone has had a turn to compete at least once for their team.
Scoring Minute to Win It Games –
- The first team to finish gets the most points – let’s say 3 points for their team
- The second team to finish gets 2 points for their team
- The third team to finish gets 1 point for their team
- Everyone else gets zero points
Here’s what a scoreboard might look like at the end of the night for a Minute To Win It Team Competition
Using an easel and a big whiteboard is an excellent way to keep track and see how the game is progressing.
Here are my top Amazon Links for scoring your Minute To Win It Game
Game 1 – Snowball Fight or Marshmallow Toss!
For this game…you’ll need – a bag of mini marshmallows – divided, a plastic spoon, and 2 players per team
Pair off into teams of 2 – each on opposite sides of the table. Give 1 player a heaping pile of mini marshmallows and a plastic spoon. When you yell go, players must try flinging mini marshmallows from a plastic spoon into their teammates’ mouths. Teams with the most successful catches – win!
In the video below, players catching the marshmallow should be sitting in a chair, unlike my son (cheater) in the video below…
One more version to consider:
Use large – not giant – marshmallows. Throw them to people sitting in chairs across the room. When they catch one in their mouth, they spit it out onto a plate as a collection of how many they successfully caught. In the end – count the marshmallows on the plates to see who won
Next up…Game 2 – Avalanche! Also called Junk In the Trunk!
You’ll Need –
- empty tissue boxes
- pantyhose or bungee straps
- 1 bag of mini marshmallows per player
- thread long bungee or pantyhose to a tissue box.
- *My tip to you would be to find tissue boxes with the dispenser hole centered at the top. I did not and the kids had to basically do backbends to get all of the marshmallows out.
- Strap the tissue boxes to the player’s waist – with the box on the backside
- When you’re ready to go, fill the boxes with an entire bag of mini marshmallows
- Players in under 1 minute must shake the marshmallows out of the box
Number 3- Build A Snowman – Also called Sticky Balls!
Here’s a quick video showing how we played this game…
- ping pong balls (1 package per team)
- double-sided tape
*I found the tape in the Craft Adhesive section of Wal-Mart. The tape is not the scotch tape clear version. It was removed from my table without damaging it. I’ll leave a link below for some removable double-sided tape.
- Place a long strip of double-sided tape on the end of a table
- Place the ping pong balls in a bowl at the opposite end
- When you’re ready, set the timer for 1 minute – players should try to line up 3 ping pong balls next to each other by blowing them across the table and controlling where they go so they line up and stick to the tape
- *This is a lot of fun and really takes strategy. They have to control the amount of air they blow out and the direction in which they blow the ball. You’d be surprised at how many times the ball will blow right off of the table without sticking at all. It will take a couple of tries for the kids and adults to get just the right angle and pressure
- *Make this game more challenging by placing the tape on the far end of the table – giving the ball more space between the starting line and tape will make it harder to control it and follow it along with your hot air
- *For younger kids, you could accept 3 anywhere on the tape, for older kids and adults, you can be firm on making sure the balls are right next to each other or even touching each other
Here’s the link I promised…
Game 4- Snowman Stack or Marshmallow Chopstick
For this game, you’ll need
- marshmallows and chopsticks
- *For younger kids, use the giant campfire sized marshmallows, for a more challenging game – use mini marshmallows (they are super hard to stack without toppling over), for a just right in-between challenge – use the normal large-sized marshmallows
- In under a minute, players will have to stack 3 marshmallows on top of each other without toppling over
- This is my husband trying to stack a tower of 3 mini marshmallows. It’s harder than it looks!
Game 6 – Santa’s Beard
For this game, you’ll need – Whipped Cream (it’s easier if you get the squeeze bottles), about 30 gumdrops per plate, a plate, and a bowl
- place the gumdrops on the plate and cover up with whipped cream
- Only using their mouths, players will need to locate the gumdrops under the whipped cream and transfer them into the bowl that is waiting in under 1 minute
- *We started off with 14 gumdrops per player – it was too easy for my kids. It might be a good amount for younger kids, but to make it more challenging – the more the better
Game 7- Candy Cane Fishing
For this game, you’ll need 2 packages of Candy Canes plus a candy can for each player to hold in their mouth
This game is harder than it looks, but everyone wanted a turn at this!
Here’s a quick video to show you how we played this game…
The original version is a – Level 4
- Pile the candy canes up
- Players will need to use 1 candy cane as a hook. With the candy cane in their mouth – curved section at the bottom…
- With hands behind their backs, they will have to pick up as many candy canes as possible and transfer them to a given area in 1 minute!
- The team with the most transferred candy canes wins. Honestly, it might just be one!
Here’s our UPDATED VERSION FOR A LESS FRUSTRATING GAME for younger players –
This version – Level 1 or 2 (easily enjoyable for kids)
The difference is that we set the candy canes in a bowl. This gives the player a little bit of leverage and they can truly compete with getting as many candy canes over to the plate in under 1 minute as they can to beat the other team.
Game 8 – Go Shovel the Snow!
For this game, you’ll need – 1 heavy bowl and another bowl (doesn’t have to be heavy – paper plate can be substituted) plus 1 dozen cotton balls that have been pulled apart – or – an easier alternative would be to use mini marshmallows and a spoon!
- Players must transfer all of the cotton balls or marshmallows from the heavy bowl to the other bowl in under 1 minute. The player with the most transferred wins this round!
- *to make things easier, you could use marshmallows as cotton balls tend to stick together. To make picking up cotton balls easier – pull them apart prior to the game.
- *I say to use a heavy bowl as your base for a reason. We started out with 2 styrofoam bowls and nobody could scoop from them. It kept tipping over! Live and learn.
That’s it for now! I hope you have enjoyed our Minute To Win It Games for Christmas.
I have more cooking in the oven and I’ll post those just as soon as I can get all of the supplies, find a good day to play, and edit a million photos. Until then, check out all of my other Minute To Win It Posts right here on the blog! Check out the links below…
Here’s a link to the Minute To Win It Games above – Our 2 favorite games from this lot are the bubble-blowing one and the streamer paper one! So funny!
These are all a ton of fun! You can’t go wrong with any of them. Here’s a link to these Minute to Win It games!
This was our first and favorite Minute to Win It game night. Click here for these Minute to Win It Games
~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do
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Great ideas kids loved it
That’s awesome! I’m so glad they approve. 🙂
My family and I are heading to my sister’s for Christmas and I have bought materials so that the younger kiddos can play many of these games…I even recruited the teens to join along! Thanks so much for this blog post!
That’s awesome! The kids are going to have so much fun. Hopefully some adults will join in too. Merry Christmas. 🙂
Great Ideas, perfect for all Holidays. Thank you.