These Minute to Win It Games for preschoolers are the perfect way to have some fun! Below, you’ll find our favorite party games that are great for a classroom or family game night!
Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or just trying to entertain a group of younger kids at a play date, Minute to Win It games are the perfect option!
And these fun Minute to Win It games for preschoolers are an easy way to entertain your kids for hours on end. On top of being super fun, these cute activities are also easy to put together.
That means you can start playing right away!
What are Minute to Win It Games?
If you’ve never heard of these games before, you may be wondering “What are Minute to Win It games?” The name stems from a silly game show that was on TV years ago, but the games have lived on.
Each of these games are fun activities using household items.
The catch is that each game has to be completed in one minute!
And since each game on this list is designed with preschoolers in mind, they’re all age-appropriate for young children. That makes them perfect for birthday parties, classroom activities, or simply at-home boredom busters.
To play, just follow the instructions under each name of the game.
Keep in mind: Every game is designed to be played with a one minute timer, which makes every Minute to Win it game a little more challenging and a lot more fun.
30 Minute to Win It Games for Preschoolers
1. Marshmallow Toss
You’ll need at least two players for this minute to win it game. To play, one player will hold a cup and the other will toss marshmallows.
The team to get the most marshmallows in the cup after the minute wins.
2. Sticky Situation
Cover a piece of bread with peanut butter and place it on a table.
When playing with preschooler, you could use a dining room table or coffee table, depending on your kid’s height.
After the peanut butter bread is set, ask your kids to bounce a ping pong ball to land on top of the bread.
3. Water Bottle Flip
Place a partially full water bottle in front of each preschooler on a table.
Set your timer and count how many times they can flip the water bottle and have it land perfectly on the table.
4. Sock the Block
Grab your LEGOs or Duplo blocks for this preschool challenge. Start by building several LEGO towers, then place them randomly around the room.
Give each player a bunch of balled-up socks and let them throw the balls to try to knock over all the towers before the time is up.
5. Apple Stack
Pass out five apples per preschooler. Set a timer for a minute, and see if they can get all five apples stacked on top of each other.
6. Junk in the Trunk
Fill an empty tissue box with around 10 ping pong balls. Strap the box around each player’s waist and set the timer.
Then, each player must try and remove the ping pong balls by moving their body around — no hands allowed!
7. Wrap it Up
Let your preschoolers turn each other into mummies. Give each team a roll of toilet paper or streamers.
Then see which team can wrap a friend with the most paper in one minute.
We also have a great list of Halloween minute to win it games you may like!
8. Gift Wrap Me
This is one of our favorite Christmas minute to win it games! Give Wrap It Up has a holiday twist by using gift wrap. See who can wrap up their partner the fastest using Christmas or birthday wrapping paper.
9. Nose Dive
Place a small amount of petroleum jelly to the end of each player’s nose.
Using their noses (no hands allowed), each player must then move five cotton balls from one bowl to another, before the minute is up.
10. Taller Tallest Tower
Give each preschooler 20 empty cans and four to six paper plates.
Set a timer and see who can build the tallest tower with the supplies at hand.
11. Pom Pom Race
Place a piece of masking tape across the end of the room to create a finish line.
Then, each kid will use a straw to blow as many pom poms across a marked finish line before the minute is up.
12. Defying Gravity
Keep a balloon in the air for a full minute to win!
Using just one hand, kids should keep their balloons in the air without resting the balloon on a body part.
13. Bottle Transfer
Fill one 2-liter bottle with a small item, like Cheerios or jelly beans. Then tape another empty two-liter bottle to the top of the filled bottle.
See if your preschooler can transfer all the Cheerios from one bottle to the other before the one minute timer goes off!
14. Penny Tower
How many pennies can your preschooler stack into a tower in one minute?
Make the game more challenging by telling them they can only use one hand.
15. Ball Drop
Get your ping pong balls into a cup in under a minute!
Start by having your player stand on a chair. Then, place a plastic cup on the ground in front of them and give them three ping pong balls.
To win, the player must get all three balls in the cup without missing or having any bounce out.
16. Thar She Blows!
Place a line of plastic cups from one end of the table to the other and fill them to the top with water.
Put a ping-pong ball in the first cup.
After that, the player has one minute to blow their ball across the cups to the other side of the table without knocking it out of the water.
17. Egg Race
Give each player a wooden spoon, then place an egg on the end.
Set the timer to see how many times your preschoolers can make it across the room without dropping their egg before the minute is up.
18. Chopstick Race
To play this minute to win it game, each player will need a pair of chopsticks and a bowl of cotton balls.
When the timer starts, the players must try to transfer as many items as they can before the minute is up using only the chopsticks.
You could also make this game harder for older kids by using a Fruit Loops or a bowl of rice.
19. Back to Back
Break your group of preschoolers into partners for this game. Have them sit on the ground back to back, then link their arms.
Set a timer for one minute and see how many times each pair can stand up and sit back down without unlinking their arms.
20. Peep Your Face
Set out a bunch of Marshmallow Peeps.
After that, the kids have a minute to stick as many sweet treats onto their face as they can.
21. Cereal Scramble
Remove the front of a cereal box to make this minute to win it puzzle game. Then, cut the front of a cereal box into equal pieces and stack the pieces into a flat tower in front of your player.
Set a timer for one minute, then let each child try to piece the cereal box together.
22. Oven Mitt Race
Place a pair of oven mitts on your preschooler’s hands and give them a bowl full of Hershey’s Kisses.
Set the timer to see how many kisses they can unwrap before the minute is up.
23. Go(ld) Fish
Set out two bowls in front of each player. Fill one of the bowls with Goldfish crackers and give each player a straw.
When the timer starts, players have one minute to see how many goldfish crackers they can suck onto the end of their straw and transfer them to the other bowl.
24. Cheerios And Spaghetti
Each player receives one piece of dried piece of spaghetti.
Holding the pasta in their mouth, each player must use the noodle to transfer Cheerios from one end of the room to the other in one minute.
25. It’s Gonna Get Dicey
Place a popsicle stick in each player’s mouth. When the timer starts, try to stack and balance five dice on the end of the stick.
Whoever can stack the most dice or finishes stacking five dice first wins.
26. Movin’ On Up
To play this preschool-friendly game, stack up 25 plastic cups of one color then add one cup of a different color to the bottom of the stack.
When the timer starts, players must move the top cup to the bottom and see how far they can move the single-colored cup to the top before the minute is up.
27. Human Ring Toss
Use hula hoops or circular pool floats for this team game. Then, have one person stand as the ring toss post while the other players toss hula hoops around the post before the time is up.
28. Cookie Face
Place a cookie on each player’s forehead. Set a timer and see how fast they can move the cookie down their face without using their hands.
29. One-Handed Bracelet
Each preschooler has one minute to thread Cheerios or plastic beads onto a pipe cleaner using only one hand. Whoever has the longest wins!
30. Traffic Yam
Give each preschool player one sweet potato.
Set a timer and ask each player to move the potato from one end of the room to the other, using only their nose.
We hope you enjoyed this list of the best minute to win it games for preschoolers! Make sure to check out our list of the best activities for a fun birthday party for more fun ideas!
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