Instant Fun for Everyone
Need a whole bevy of totally fun
can pull out at a moment’s notice? Try these 13 games that
are reminiscent of those on the wildly popular game show “Minute to
Win It.” On the TV show, single players tackle a simple-but
silly-challenge in one minute. We’ve transformed the following
games so all kids can play at once-for a minute or for
whatever time frame fits your schedule best. Ready? Set?
You’ll need masking tape, large rubber
bands, and balloons. Tape a large circle on the floor.
Inflate and tie off 12 balloons. Place the balloons in the circle,
and have kids stand in a row behind them. Give kids each a rubber
band, and have them try to shoot the balloons to move them out of
WARNING! To avoid choking hazards,
pick up pieces of any broken balloons promptly. Balloons may
contain latex. Check with your parents, as some kids may have
llergies to the foods recommended in some games.
Pass the Paper
You’ll need rolls of toilet
paper. Form two or more teams. Have each team stand in a line
with one roll of toilet paper. The first person in line holds onto
the end of the tissue and passes the roll. The goal is
for the entire team to pass the toilet paper down the line-without
breaking the tissue. Players continue to pass the roll up and down
their line until the roll runs out. (To conserve the rolls when
done, roll the toilet paper and keep it on hand for small
Blow Your Nose
You’ll need coffee stirrers, tissues,
and tables. Give each child a coffee stirrer and a tissue.
Have kids crumple up their tissues and lay them at one end of a
table. The object of the game is for kids to blow through their
coffee stirrers to get their tissues all the way across a table.
Set a time limit, or let kids go until everyone finishes.
You’ll need drinking straws, small
snack items, and cups. Give each player an empty cup, a
drinking straw, and a cup with a few snack items in it, such as
M&M’s candies or Goldfish crackers. Kids pick up each snack
item using only the straw to create suction and then transfer it to
the other cup-no hands allowed. After kids finish, let them
eat their hard-earned snack.
You’ll need Cheerios cereal.
Form pairs. Have one partner in each pair lie flat on the floor,
facing up. Give each standing partner some Cheerios. The object is
for kids to build the tallest tall tower of Cheerios on their
partner’s nose-without it falling over. After the race, let kids
eat their Cheerios.
You’ll need plastic spoons, cotton balls, and bowls or
cups. Give each child a bowl or cup, a cotton ball, and a
plastic spoon. Have kids place their bowls or cups on the floor and
stand about a foot away. Challenge each child to place a cotton
ball on the spoon, aim at the bowl, and try to flip the cotton ball
into the bowl. If the cotton ball lands on the floor, the player
picks it up and tries again. If the player makes the shot, the
player gets the cotton ball, steps back about a foot, and tries
again. Encourage kids to successfully flip the cotton balls
into the bowls from as far away as possible.
Catch a Cold
You’ll need ice cubes and
tissues. Form pairs, and have partners stand a few feet away
from each other. In each pair, give one partner five ice cubes and
the other a tissue. The partner with the ice cubes tosses them
while the other partner tries to catch the ice cubes in the tissue.
If the tissue breaks, they get a new tissue. Have pairs trade
roles and keep tossing until time is up.
Make Your Mark
You’ll need lots of markers that can
be linked together end to end. Form teams of four.
Place a pile of markers in the center of the floor or on a flat
surface. Designate a spot for each team near the markers. Set
a time limit. On go, each team builds a free-standing tower
out of markers by connecting the top and bottom of markers
together. Teams must each build a tower-without it falling-in five
You’ll need a pack of sticky notes for
every two players. Form pairs. In each pair, one person is
the Sticker and one is the Stickee. On go, the Sticker places
sticky notes on his or her partner, trying to cover the Stickee
with sticky notes in two minutes. Play a second round by
having pairs work backward to remove the sticky notes from the
Stickee’s body to recreate the sticky note pad.
You’ll need a stack of 3×5 cards and a
chair for each player. Have each player carefully turn his or
her chair upside down so the chair back rests on the floor and the
chair’s legs point up. The back legs of the chair are the goal
posts for the game. Have each player kneel about one foot
from the back of the chair with a stack of 3
x 5 cards. Demonstrate
how to flick a card by holding it vertically between the thumb
and middle finger, squeezing the card lightly to form a
letter C, and releasing it. On go, players flick cards
through the goal posts to score as many touchdowns as
possible in three minutes.
You’ll need two pencils and a small
box of crayons per player. Give each player a box of crayons
and two pencils. Before the game begins, have each player
empty the box of crayons on the table. On go, players use the
pencils like chopsticks to pick up the crayons and place them back
in the box. Crayons must be placed in the box with pointed
end up. Players race to place as many crayons in the box as they
You’ll need one cup of Goldfish
crackers and an empty cup for every two players. Form pairs.
Partners choose who’ll be the Fisher and who’ll be the Pond.
Give each Pond a cup of Goldfish crackers and each Fisher an empty
cup. Have partners stand two feet apart and face each other.
On go, the Fisher holds the cup on his or head while the Pond
tosses the Goldfish crackers into the cup. Afterward, have partners
share the crackers.
You’ll need a pile of paper clips, a
paper cup, and a chenille wire for each child. Give each
child a chenille wire, a paper cup, and a pile of paper clips. On
go, kids will use the chenille wires to pick up paper clips and put
them in a cup-no hands allowed. Kids gather as many paper clips as
they can in their cup.