Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Minute to Win it games for Teens

My oldest just turned 15 and I wanted to throw him a party.  
Now anyone with teens will tell you, 
NOTHING a parent suggests to her child is cool.
He wasn't thrilled with my idea of a party.

After much coaxing, I eased him in to the idea 
of inviting a few friends for food and games.

Minute to win it games turned out to be a total blast for everyone!

First of all I scoured the internet for ideas and combined everything I found into 15 different games.

I did lots of prep work before the part that I would totally recommend!

I made a master list of all of the games with the supplies and guidelines. 
I packaged each game in it's own bag with all of the supplies.

We had the party in the gym of our church,   
which worked out perfectly to hold all of the activities.

I had a table to the side that held all of the bags for each game, in order.

Another thing I would recommend is to have a trash near by and a basket to put left over usable supplies.  That way you can do a quick clean up between each game.

My son invited both school and church friends.
Since not everyone knew each other, we had a Get to Know You Game first.
The kids passed around a bag of starbursts then went around the circle and 
told us one thing that corresponded with the color of starburst they had.  

After that we split into teams.
I purchased a bunch of rubber bracelets in different colors. 
As each person chose a bracelet, the colors randomly split them up into teams.

Then we started the Minute to Win It games. 

Cookie Move
Everyone Got to participate.
 Each person put an oreo on forehead and had to 
move the cookie to their mouth without using their hands.

Starburst Stack
2 people each team
1 person puts popsicle stick in their mouth,
the other stacks as many starbursts as possible onto the end
must hold for 3 seconds 

Sticky Note Stick
the rules said 2 people each team, but we did 3 (and they were all the same sex)
put as many sticky notes onto a person as possible

Balloon Up
2 people each team
blow up 3 balloons (3 was a little bit too easy, would use 4-5 next time)
keep balloons in the air without touching the ground

Marshmallow Toss
2 people each team
1 person has to throw a cup full of mini marshmallows, one at a time, and their teammate has to catch them in their empty paper cup.
They stood about 4 feet away from each other.  It was pretty challenging.

Skittle Sort
1 player from each team
They had to sort a pile of about 75 skittles into 
the corresponding colored cups with one hand.

Plate Race
1 person each team
They had to move from 1 side of the gym to the other only stepping on 2 paper plates.
The idea was for them to start on 1 plate and step to the other.  
Then pick up the last plate, put it in front of them and step to it. Repeatedly
Of course these were teen boys so they stood on both plates and skated across the gym.
They all laughed their heads off so it was all good!

Tissue Toss
1 player each team
Using one hand, they had to tear the tissues out of the boxes 
ONE AT A TIME, as quickly as possible.
Again, these are teens, so they reached into the boxes and grabbed as many as possible. 
Cheaters!  :)

Noodle Pick Up
2 people each team
Each player had a spaghetti noodle in their mouth and had to 
pick up as many ziti noodles as possible with it, without using their hands.

Eat it Up
2 people each team
I unwrapped a Fruit by the Foot and stuck the end in each person's mouth.
They had to eat it as quickly as possible without using their hands.

Donut on a String
2 people each team
One person laid on the floor while their teammate held a 
string with a donut tied to the end, above them.  
They had eat the donut while it was dangling without using their hands. 
Then they switched places for the other person to eat a donut as well. 
This was a favorite activity of everyone!

Blow It Over
1 person each team
They had to blow up a balloon and use it to blow 10 cups off of the table

Suck It Up
1 person each team
Each player had to move 10 skittles from one plate to the other by 
sucking them individually with a straw

Tear It Up
1 person each team
They had to stand behind a table filled with rubber bands and shoot them at
toilet paper and get it to break.

The rolls of TP were on a dowel that was balanced on 2 chairs.  
I taped the dowel to keep it from rolling off the chairs.
The toilet paper was tied to 2 empty soda cans for weight.

This was another favorite activity that they did over and over.
Everyone ended up doing it a few times.

Pudding Put Down
This event was for everyone too
They had to suck up a cup of pudding only using a straw.
It was hard and multiple straws did not help.
But it was really funny to watch!!

These games were so much fun!
My 8 year old got to participate as well, so they are good for all ages.

Minute To Win It games are a perfect to do for a birthday party or anytime!

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  1. These are such fun games. How much time lapsed for the game portion of the party?

  2. Im wondering how long these games took to complete, too! =) Awesome blog post! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to use a few of these for a Youth game night at our church!

    1. You know, I can't remember exactly. I think the entire party was around 2 hours or so. That includes time spent on food and get to know you games. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck with your game night!

  3. These are all such great ideas! A minute to win it party is totally something I would enjoy hosting. All of the games were really clever as well!

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