There’s nothing like humiliating games and crushingly embarrassing photos to bring friends together, so why not celebrate and cement friendship at your next gathering or birthday party and play some Minute to Win It-style games at home? Getting silly is important, anyway. Numerous studies have been done on the topic of benefits of laughter and smiling—here’s “10 Reasons Why Laughing is Good for You” to get you started if you’re not quite convinced (or need to convince some others).
Minute to Win It is an NBC game show that has contestants compete in various challenges for only a minute at a time. NBC’s website has tons of game instructions and helpful instructional videos available if necessary, but here are some of the top picks that will have you and your friends in stitches at your party:
Junk In the Trunk
This one will get everyone moving and laughing hysterically. You will need a belt, an empty tissue box and 8 ping pong balls. Attach the tissue box to the belt (glue or tape, depending on how much you love the belt) so that the tissue box will rest at the small of the back. With the tissue box filled with ping pong balls, once the timer begins, the players have one minute to shake all the balls out and can only have their feet touching the floor, so no rolling around or doing handstands—that’s cheating! You also can’t touch the tissue box.
Start practicing your breathing exercises, because you’ll only have one minute to blow a bubble through a hula hoop that is fifteen feet away from the starting line. According to the official instructions, the only way to win is to blow an un-popped bubble that was created from behind the foul line through the hoop.
Paper Dragon is a terrific game for the kids at the party, even the little ones. It’s simple – using only your hands and arms, you recreate part of the celebration of the Chinese New Year by unraveling two spools of paper streamers in under a minute. These kids make it look super easy:
Hint: Don’t show any adults how easy it is for these kids until after you have the perfect picture of their fumbling attempts for the scrap book.
Get revenge on your Type A orderly friends with this organizing game. If you are the orderly Type A friend, consider this a way to challenge yourself. You now have one minute to “separate a pile of 50 multicolored chocolate covered candies into 5 separate containers in a set color order.” It may sound easy, but will you be so cool and confident when the pressure is on? Get hyped up by watching the official game “blueprint” before you set out those candy jars and get organized, and fast!
These are just a few of the wildly hilarious, challenge, and downright fun games you can try to get you started on planning your Minute to Win It party. While you’re planning, consider really setting the scene for your “contestants” (AKA, “friends”) with a personalized banner welcoming them to the game show. Don’t forget to keep score – where everyone can see it! And have lots, and lots, and lots of fun.