For any age, why not try a few "Minute to Win It" type of games!?! If you have never watched the hit NBC television show, allow me to catch you up on what you may have missed. You will work in 2 teams (mainly because a little competition is so much more fun!) to complete tasks using items you probably already have around your house. They may seem easy, but don't be fooled! Besides you only have 1 MINUTE to complete the task! YIKES! Our family played a few of these games at our Christmas eve party last year and even the grandparents were getting in on the fun! Here are a few ideas to use:
NOSE DIVE -
Vaseline (Petroleum jelly)
Choose one player from each team to take a turn. Have the player put a dab of Vaseline on the tip of their nose. Without using any other body part (other than the nose), have the player move the cotton balls one at a time from one end of the table to a bowl at the other end of the table. The player who can move the most cotton balls into the bowl within the minute will be awarded the point.
FACE THE GINGERBREAD MAN -
cookies (in this case, gingerbread)
Using only the face, players must move the cookie from their forehead to the mouth. The team who can move the most cookies in 1 minute will receive a point.
SNOWBALL FIGHT -
White paper for each player or team.
Place a dividing line in the middle of the room. Players or teams will need to wad up the white paper and have a snowball fight. The player or team who has the least number of “snowballs” on their side after one minute is the winner.
MARSHMALLOW TOSS -
Large Bag of marshmallows
One bucket for each player.
Have one person hold the wreath to their side and place the bucket behind the wreath. Players will have one minute to throw marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket. The player with the most marshmallows in the bucket after one minute is the winner!
MERRY FISHMAS -
30cm plastic pole (think the thickness of say a straw) with a hook on the end.
15 cm candy cane which is hung from the bottom of the candy cane (ie; upside down) and securely attached to the end of the pole by fishing line.
4 small candy canes
Players must use Candy Canes as fishing hooks and hook four candy canes on top of each other. Think Barrel of Monkeys.
THE NUT STACKER-
7 larger sized nuts...as in nuts and bolts (Check the size to make sure a candy cane could fit through the hole)
Hold the candy cane in one hand by the hook. Using the straight end of the candy cane (ONLY), pick up the nuts and place them one on top of another as high as you can. The goal is to reach 7 nuts high, although our family record was 5 before the tower of nuts fell over.
Other ideas might include:
*Who can eat a donut tied to a string using only their mouth in 1 minute?
*Who can blow the most bubbles (using bubble gum) in 1 minute?
*Who can wrap the most presents in 1 minute?
*Who can unwrap a present using only spoons in 1 minute?
To see a few of these games in action and for a few more ideas check out The Mason's Blog.