You can find many of these games just by simply searching "minute to win it" games on Google. Below are a few of our favorites for you to try with your group:
Set up two bowls, about 12' apart. Place cotton balls in one of the bowls. When the clock starts, a participant dips their nose in a jar of petroleum jelly and attempts to pick up cotton balls with their nose. The participant may only dip their nose in the jelly. The participant must carry the cotton ball from one bowl to the other without dropping it. They must deposit the cotton ball directly into the end bowl directly from the nose without coming into contact with any other body part or object. The participant has 60 seconds to successfully transfer 5 cotton balls from one bowl to the other.
Materials: Cotton balls, petroleum jelly, 2 bowls
Hut, Hut, Hike!
Use tape to create a "foul line" on one side of the room. Place a standing hula hoop (or have 2 people hold a hula hoop) about 15' away from the foul line. When the clock starts, the participant turns around and begins to throw recycled toilet paper rolls through their legs in an attempt to get them through the hoop. The participant may only throw one roll at a time. The challenge is successfully completed if the participant accurately throws the designated number of rolls through the hoop during the 60-second timeframe. This game can be easily turned into a team game and multiple players can play at once.
Materials: Hula hoop, toilet paper rolls, tape
Use tape to create a "foul line" on one side of the room. Set up a table about 8' away from the foul line. On the table, set up 6 empty soda cans in a triangle formation. When the clock begins, the participant must stand behind the foul line and shoot rubber bands at the soda cans, attempting to knock them over. Only one rubber band can be shot at one time. To complete the challenge, the participant must knock over all of the cans on the table within the 60-second period.
Materials: 6 empty soda cans, table, rubber bands, tape
When the timer begins, the player attempts to stack 36 plastic cups (the Solo cups work best) in a pyramid on a table. When the pyramid is complete, the player then attempts to stack the 36 cups back into a single stack. To complete the challenge, the player must successfully build the pyramid, then get all of the cups back into a single stack before the 60-second time period expires.
Materials: 36 plastc cups (the Solo ones work best), table
There are many, many more "Minute to Win It" games you can use with your group. For a list of more game ideas, visit this link.
Our weekly games blog post will take a break for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Check back on the blog in January for more youth group games!