Minute to Win It : Valentine’s Day Party

Written by Mommy Cameron

By Mommy Cameron | Homeschool

Today the kids and I hosted our homeschool group’s Valentine’s Day Party. Instead of doing a cookie decorating or something full of sugar like that, I decided we should play some Minute to Win It games.

Let me just start by saying that I have never seen the show. I was exposed to the games through my mother in law and through my kids. So I turned to Pinterest for some ideas. The games that I chose in the end, worked well for 20 kids, allowed all the kids to participate at the same time, didn’t require lots of different things and could be done in a my basement.

Before we started I gave all the kids all of the supplies that they would need for all the activities so that we could keep the activities moving as quickly as possible. I mean, there were cupcakes sitting on the table.

Supplies given to each kid:
50 candy hearts
2 small paper plates
1 straw
2 small popsicle sticks
1 large popsicle stick
10 sugar cubes
8 foam hearts cut in half like puzzles
1 cup

For most of the activities, one plate was used to hold all the candy hearts. The other plate was used to “work” since we were doing all these activities on our basement floor.

Here are the games:
1. Heart a Stack – 50 candy hearts, 2 small plates.
The object is to stack as many heats on top of each other in one minute. The person with the most hearts stacked at the end of 1 minute wins.

2. Steal My Heart – 2 small plates, 1 straw, 50 candy hearts
The object is to use only the straw to move as many hearts from one plate to the other in one minute.

3. Candy Face – 1 candy heart
Start with a candy heart on your forehead. Try to get the candy heart into your mouth without using your hands.

4. Stand by My Side – 50 candy hearts, 2 small plates
The object is to try to stand as many candy hearts as possible on their side in one minute.

5. Heart Transplant – 50 candy hearts, 2 small popsicle sticks, 2 small plates
The object is to move as many candy hearts as possible from one plate to the other plate using only the 2 popsicle sticks.

6. Love Connection – 8 foam hearts cut in half like puzzle pieces
The object is to put as many of the broken hearts back together as you can in one minute.

7. Heart Drop – 50 hearts, cup
With the cup on the floor near your feet, you are to stand with your hand above your head and drop as many candy hearts into your cup as possible in one minute.

8. Lots of Sugar – 10 sugar cubes, wide popsicle sticks
Place the wide popsicle stick in your mouth. The object is to try to stack as many sugar cubes on top of the wide popsicle stick as you can in one minute.

9. Blow My Away – straw, 1 candy heart
Using only your straw, see how far you can blow your candy heart in one minute.

10. Candy Heart Toss – Bows of candy hearts divided by color, bucket, painters tape
First, you need to set up your tossing area by placing pieces of painter’s tape 5 feet from the bucket in the middle of the room. The goal is to toss the most candy hearts as possible into the bucket in one minute.

All the kids had a great time. Many of the moms mentioned that this games would be great for birthday parties, you just need to change the candy. Thing 1 mentioned M&Ms.

What Minute to Win It Games have you tried?