50+ Minute to Win It Games for Kids, Teens, & Adults


minute to win it games

Once upon a time, Minute to Win It was a TV show. But viewers discovered that you can easily play the Minute to Win It games at home. And now, it’s a party favorite! What’s so great about Minute to Win It games is that you only need common household items to set up the games, and they’re an absolute hoot to play. By the end of the rounds, everyone is sure to have rosy cheeks and a smile on their faces.

Will you be hosting some Minute to Win It games at your next party? Don’t worry; we’ve got you! Here are 50+ Minute to Win It game ideas for kids, teens, adults, offices, and even some games you can play virtually.

HOW TO PLAY AND SCORE MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES

Before we jump into the different Minute to Win It games you can play, let’s quickly go over how you can play. The best thing about Minute to Win It games is that you can change the rules to best fit the circumstances. For example, you can play these games as team or individual games.

When it comes to scoring, it’s best to have a board ready with everybody’s names (or team names) at the top of the board and the names of the games on the side of the board. For each game, whoever comes first gets 5 points, second place gets 3 points, and third place or anybody who manages to complete the challenge within the one-minute timer (depending on the game) gets 1 point. Everyone else gets 0 points!

And, of course, once you are done playing all the games, the player or team to earn the most points wins!

MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES FOR KIDS

minute to win it games for kids

Let’s start off strong with our favorite Minute to Win It games for kids! These games are perfect for the entire family to enjoy, no matter their age.

This classic Minute to Win It game involves putting a cookie on the contestants’ foreheads. Then, start the timer, and everyone must try to put the cookie in their mouths using only their facial muscles to move it – no hands! This is much more difficult than it looks, but if you win, you get to eat a cookie!

This is one of our favorite games to play at a graduation party and is perfectly suited for players of all ages.

2. SUCK IT UP

To play this, all you need is a straw per person and around 20 Skittles or M&Ms for each player on one plate and an empty plate. When you start the timer, players must use their straws to suck up each candy and put them on the empty plate.

3. DEFYING GRAVITY

Each player has 2 balloons they must keep off the ground using only one hand and without holding the balloon. If one of those balloons touches the ground, they’ve failed the challenge! If you want to make this game more difficult, feel free to add another balloon.

4. PENNY TOWER

Players must stack 25 pennies on top of one another. While this game sounds simple, here’s the catch: you can only use one hand!

5. NOSE DIVE

Put some Vaseline on a plate in front of each player. On the mark, players must transfer cotton balls from one bowl to another only using their noses made sticky with Vaseline – no hands allowed!

6. ROLL WITH IT

Each player has a roll of toilet paper. On the mark, players must unroll their toilet paper within a minute – but they can only use one hand to do so!

7. LUCKY CHARMS

Players must each sort through a large bowl of Lucky Charms cereal. The goal? Sort the charms into categories, such as all hearts together and all rainbows together.

8. CHUBBY BUNNY

Give each contestant a bag of big marshmallows. On the mark, the contestants must stuff their mouths with as many marshmallows as possible without eating them! Whoever has the most marshmallows in their mouth wins. Bonus point for whoever can say “Chubby bunny” with their mouth full!

9. BOTTLE FLIP

Each contestant gets a plastic water bottle filled up partially with water. Contestants must try to get the bottle to land upright as many times as possible within a minute!

10. ROLL THE DICE

Players must roll a die as many times as possible within a minute in order to get the highest score. This is a great arithmetic exercise for whoever wants to test their math skills. Whoever scores the most points wins!

11. POP IT

In preparation for this Minute to Win It game, blow up a ton of balloons. Players then get one minute to pop as many balloons as possible. The player to pop the most balloons wins!

12. CHOPSTACK

To play this game, you’ll need chopsticks for each player and some marshmallows. On the mark, players must stack the marshmallows using just the chopsticks. Whoever can create the tallest marshmallow tower wins!

MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES FOR TEENS

minute to win it games for teens

Here are some super fun Minute to Win It games that are better suited to teens and adults rather than young children due to the level of difficulty. But don’t worry; they’re just as fun!

13. STACK ATTACK

Every player has a stack of 36 plastic cups. Then, on the mark, the players must quickly stack these cups up into a pyramid shape, with the bottom layer having 8 cups, then 7, then 6, etc. But wait! You’re not done yet. After stacking them into a pyramid, you’ve got to take them all down again.

14. PING PONG BOUNCE

Players get six empty glasses or cups and six ping pong balls. Players must then bounce the ping pong balls into the empty glasses arranged in a row.

15. HANGNAIL

Players can only use one hand to hang as many paper clips as possible in a chain from a piece of string. This game requires much more concentration than you think. The player who manages to hang the most nails wins!

16. THREAD THE NEEDLE

Ready for some frustration? In this Minute to Win It game, contestants race to thread as many needles as possible within a minute!

17. SHOE FLICK

Players must flick their shoe off their foot and try to land it onto a designated target!

18. FASTER PASTA

In this speedy Minute to Win It game, players must use a piece of uncooked spaghetti held in their mouths to transfer as many penne pasta pieces to an empty plate.

19. WRAP IT UP

Each contestant must wrap as many presents as possible within a minute! You can use empty boxes or random household objects for this.

20. EGG ROLL

Start at one end of the room. On the mark, players must roll their eggs to the other side of the room using just a broom. But be careful not to break it!

21. BALLOON WADDLE

All players must put a balloon between their knees at the starting line and waddle over to the finish line without dropping the balloon. If you drop it, you’re out!

22. BUBBLE TIME

Each player must quickly chew a piece of bubble gum at the start of the minute mark and blow a bubble. But players must blow bubbles that reach a designated size!

23. IT’S A PLANE

Give every contestant some paper. When you blow the whistle, they must make and throw paper airplanes in hopes that one of them with land in the designated target area.

MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES FOR ADULTS

minute to win it games for adults

Who said only kids could have all the fun? Here are some absolutely hilarious Minute to Win It games perfect for adults to play.

24. JUNK IN THE TRUNK

Every contestant gets an empty tissue box filled with ping pong balls. Tie this box around each contestant’s waist with some pantyhose. At the mark, get shaking! Contestants must try to shake out the balls without using their hands.

25. BLOW THE CUP

Contestants must blow 5 plastic cups off the edge of the table, but they can only use the air from a balloon to do so! Throughout the minute, contestants may inflate the balloon in order to blow all 5 cups off the table.

26. THE CITIZEN TEST

Want to test your knowledge of the US states? In one minute, players must name as many states as possible. The player to name the most states wins! To avoid any players from taking ideas from one another, make this a written test.

27. SCOOP THE BALLS

Prep the game by giving each player a spoon to hold in their mouths and two bowls, one empty and the other filled with ping pong balls. When the timer starts, all players must scoop the balls with the spoon in their mouths and transfer them to the empty bowl without using their hands!

28. BITE ME

Each player holds a popsicle stick in their mouth. The goal of this game is to stack 5 dice on one top of the other onto the popsicle stick!

29. PENNY HOSE

Pantyhose can be much more difficult to maneuver than you think! This is a better game to play for men than for women, as women will be much more familiar with pantyhose. To play this game, put two pennies in the bottom of a pair of pantyhose. The players must retrieve the two pennies from the bottom using just their hands.

30. RICE BOWL

Each player has two bowls: one empty and the other filled with uncooked rice. You can also play with cooked rice, but uncooked rice is a much more difficult and entertaining challenge! Players must use chopsticks to move as much rice as possible to the empty bowl using just one hand and their chopsticks!

31. GIVE ME A KISS

This is another great, yummy challenge where you can award yourself with a treat afterward! In this Minute to Win It game, contestants race to see who can unwrap the most Hersey Kisses! 

32. ZYXS

We all know our ABCs, but how well do we actually know them? Challenge the players to recite the ABCs backward. Whoever is able to recite the alphabet backward properly within the 60-second timeframe the fastest wins!

33. DIZZY MUMMY

For this game, every player needs a roll of toilet paper. A moderator must hold the toilet paper with the player holding the other end of it. When the timer starts, the player must wrap themselves like a mummy by spinning around! The goal is to wrap yourself with the entire roll before the time runs out!

34. RAPID FIRE

Set up 6 cans in a pyramid on a table around 6 to 8 feet away – one pyramid per player. Players must then try to knock down the entire pyramid by flicking rubber bands!

35. CHOPSTICK CEREAL RACE

Put a large bowl in the middle of the table and fill it with cereal. All contestants must stand around the bowl with chopsticks in their hands and a cup in front of them. When the whistle sounds, the contestants must race to put as much cereal as possible into their cups using just their chopsticks! The contestant with the most cereal at the end of the 60 seconds wins!

TEAM BUILDING MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES

team building minute to win it games

Thinking about playing some Minute to Win It games as team-building exercises? What a great idea! Here are the best team-building games to get the ice breaking in no time! These games are also perfect for playing in the office.

You should also check out our post on the best ice breaking drinking games!

36. PROPER POSTURE

Create an obstacle course around the room using furniture with a starting point and finish line. All contestants must line up behind the starting line with a book on their heads. The contestants must race to complete the obstacle course and cross the finish line while balancing the book on their heads!

37. OFFICE TENNIS

In this team game, two players from each team work together to bounce a crumpled-up piece of paper back and forth from one end of the room to the other and into a trash can. To bounce the crumpled ball, the two players must hold clipboards or books.

38. BOOK GOLF

This is another game that requires an obstacle course of some sort! Then, grab a broom and a book for each player. The player needs to hit the book with their broom around the obstacle course. For a bigger challenge, blindfold the golfing teammate and have another teammate direct them around the course!

39. MY MUMMY’S BETTER THAN YOURS

In this team game, one player from each team is the mummy, while everyone else uses colored streamers or toilet paper to wrap the mummy up as best as they can within a minute. The teams compete to make the best mummy!

40. FIND THE CUP

This game requires a bit of a set-up beforehand, but it’s super simple! Just put a sticker underneath a plastic cup. Then, fill a bunch of cups about a ¼ of a way full with a drink of your choice (water works fine, too!). Then, line them up. The teams must now race to find a cup with a sticker on the bottom by drinking the contents of the cups!

41. STICKY TABLE

Cover one part of a table with double-sided tape. It’s best to put this tape a couple of inches before the end of the table on the narrow end. All players must stand on the other end of the table. Players must roll marbles from that end of the table to the other, with the goal of getting as many marbles stuck onto the sticky tape as possible!

42. BLIND BOWLING

Blindfold one teammate. This teammate must bowl blindfolded from one end of the room to the other, where there are plastic pins (or any object of your choice) set up. Other teammates can hand the ball back to the teammate so that the player can try again, as long as it’s within the minute-mark.

43. MARSHMALLOW-MAN

All you need to play this game is a pack of marshmallows per team and some toothpicks. Teams must race to build the best marshmallow snowman within a minute!

44. SKETCH ARTIST

Two teammates must work together to play Sketch Artist. One teammate is the artist, while the other is the describer. When the timer starts, the describer must look at an image and describe it as best as they can to the artist. The best replication of the original drawing wins!

VIRTUAL MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES

virtual minute to win it games

While the above games are super fun to play, they’re only possible to play in person. If you are having a virtual meet-up with friends, family, or colleagues, these are the best virtual Minute to Win It games so that you don’t miss out on the fun. 

45. CIRCLE IT

To play this game, every player grabs a piece of paper and a pen (or you can play online with a digital whiteboard). Players must draw 50 circles in under a minute! The first player to complete 50 circles wins!

46. BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Right before the minute mark, announce a random letter. Then, on the mark, players must race to write down as many artists’ and bands’ names as they can think of that start with the chosen letter. The player who writes down the most names wins!

47. HUMAN DICTIONARY

To set up the game, write down two words that start with the same letter. On the mark, every player must write down as many words as possible that would go in between those words alphabetically, just like in a real dictionary. The player with the most correct words wins!

48. NOODLE DOODLE

All you need to play Noodle Doodle is a piece of paper and a pen for each player. Right before the minute starts, announce what you want everybody to draw. Then, when the minute begins, players must place their pieces of paper on top of their heads and draw the designated object. The best drawing wins!

49. TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN

Don’t warn the contestants beforehand regarding this game. Simply announce the rules right before the minute begins! In this game, players must turn as many things upside down as long as they are in view of the screen. This could be a cup, book, table, poster… whatever they can rotate, they must! Whoever rotates the most things wins.

50. MATHEMATICIAN

Want to test everyone’s math knowledge? Prepare for this game by writing down many basic arithmetic questions. Then, every player gets a turn to answer as many math questions as possible within a minute. The player who answers the most questions correctly wins!

51. CANDY BASKETBALL

All players must place a plastic cup right in front of the laptop screen so that everyone can get a clear view. Then, players must stand around 5 feet away and must put 10 candies into the cup! The first player who manages to do so wins.

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