Minute to Win It Games are one of the easiest type of games to play at any party. Games for every holiday, every season, and every theme you could ever think of! And a minute to win it game list that work for individuals, teams, groups, and even work parties. Honestly it doesn’t matter, these minute to win it challenges work for any age. Bookmark this page to have the ultimate minute to win it games list at your fingertips any time you need party games!
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What Are Minute to Win It Games?
A few years back NBC had a show called Minute to Win It where contestants had to complete a task using household items in less than a minute to move on to the next challenge and ultimately win money. People now play minute to win it games just like simple party games – sometimes actually having the minute time limit and other times just playing them as quick and easy party games. They’re fun, simple to play, inexpensive, and typically hilarious!
How to Play Minute to Win It Games
Style #1: Minute to Win It for Individuals – Man vs. Clock
In this version, one player will be trying to beat the clock for each game. So for instance, they will have to try and complete the game within a minute (hence the minute to win it name). If they do, they win a prize. If not, let someone else have a shot. If you go with this style, I recommend choosing a different person for each game.
As an alternate version to this, you could also let the same person continue playing games until they can’t finish one in a minute. Or you could have everyone playing individually all at the same time (similar to version 3 below but in individuals rather than teams) and see who all can finish the challenge in a minute.
Style #2: Minute to Win It for Groups
In this style, you’ll pick two players for each game who will going head to head against each other playing a game rather than trying to beat the clock. So you’ll give each person the game supplies and see who can finish first. The first person to finish wins the prize. Again, rotate through pairs for each game, repeating players as necessary but this works well when you have smaller groups so everyone can participate in a variety of games.
Style #3: Minute to Win It for Teams
In this style, you’ll split your group into two (or 3 or 10 depending on the number of guests) teams. For each game, teams must choose one player to compete head to head in the game with the other teams. So for instance, one person from each team will be given the supplies and game instructions. When you say go, everyone competes to be the first to complete the game. First team to finish gets 5 points, second team gets 3, third team gets 1, and everyone else gets none. This works best if you have quite a few people and is a good way to get everyone involved cheering for their team.
How to Score Minute to Win It Games
The only time you really need to score minute to win it games is if you’re playing in teams and having teams race against one another to complete the challenges. In this case, I highly recommend getting a large dry erase board or poster board and writing each team’s number across the top.
Then along the left ride of the board, write down the names of each game or at least the game number (1, 2, 3, etc.). For each game, the first team to finish receives five points, the second team gets 3, the third team gets 1, and the other teams don’t score that round.
If you want everyone to earn a point if they finish, set a timer for each game. First team to finish gets 5, second team gets 3, third team gets 2, and any other team that finishes within the minute timer gets 1 point. The latter version of scoring will help keep the score a bit closer if you think one team might blow another out.
Here’s what an example scorecard might look like at the end of the games.
If you were playing where anyone who finishes the challenge gets a point, it would look a little different. I just like to have it up on a big whiteboard for everyone to be able to see how each team is doing!
Supplies for Minute to Win It
Most minute to win it games can be played with items that you have around the house, but there are a few key supplies that you’ll most likely want to purchase and have on hand if you’re going to play often. I have a box with these 10 things in it in my craft room so we can always play when family comes around!
- Ping pong balls
- Plastic cups
- Popsicle sticks
- Plastic buckets
- Empty 2-liter soda bottles
- Party streamers
- Large digital timer (so everyone can see the time left)
Other Resources for a Great Minute to Win It Party
I typically use minute to win it games in my parties regardless of the theme, but you can actually host an entire minute to win it themed party. Here are some other great resources if that’s what you want to do!
- Full Minute to Win It Printable Package for Couples (invitations, game cards, and more!)
- Printable Minute to Win It Party Invitations
- Minute to Win It Printable Party Decorations
- Fake medals (for winners)
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The Ultimate Collection of Minute to Win It Games
Here’s the ultimate minute to win it game list! Click on the links below to be taken directly to game instructions, supply lists, and photos for each of the individual games. And it’s worth checking out the different posts if you need more ideas, there are plenty of minute to win it games that can be changed slightly to work for another holiday or occasion! Pretty sure I’ve used this “face the cookie” game as many times as there are flavors of Oreos!
Minute to Win It Christmas Games & Other Holidays
Minute to Win It Challenges for Special Occasions
Seasonal Minute to Win It Party Games
Miscellaneous Minute to Win It Games
- Young Women Value Themed
- Generic Minute to Win It Games
- Princess Themed
- Lego Themed
- Chick Flick Inspired
- Olympic Themed
- Superhero Themed
- Elf on the Shelf Themed