When it comes to classroom parties, I am all about keeping them simple, making them easy to manage, and letting parents help as much as possible! If you have parents that will plan parties for you, you are LUCKY! I always have been in charge of my own classroom parties and when parents showed up, I gladly accepted their help in passing out food, running stations, or whatever else I could use an extra hand at! Having stations with engaging activities always made the chaos more controlled. I wanted to share with you 11 minute to win it games for classrooms that you could use at any classroom party throughout the year.
Before I get to the list, here is a tip!
To keep the students calmer and the games organized, have students rotate through the games in small groups. You can ask parents to help lead each station and reset it as needed.
Supplies: Any round cookie
How to Play: Players place a cookie on their foreheads and have one minute to move that cookie from their forehead into their mouth without using any hands. The winner is the player who gets the most cookies from their forehead to their mouth in one minute. Hint – If your school is strict about treats, you could substitute crackers for the cookies.
The Cookie Unicorn
Supplies: 10 cookies per player
How to Play: Each player will try to stack 10 cookies on their forehead. The stack must stay for 3 seconds to win. Hint – If your school is strict about treats, you could substitute crackers for the cookies.
Supplies: 36 cups per person (reusable each round)
How to Play: Players have 1 minute to completely stack and unstack 36 bathroom cups into a pyramid (a row of 8 cups, 7 cups, 6 cups, etc.). The winner is first to complete the task.
Supplies: 1 straw per person, 10 pom poms or M&Ms per person, 1 paper plate per person
How to Play: Players will use the straw to suck up pom poms/M&Ms to make a smiley face. The first person to complete it wins.
Supplies: 2 chopsticks per person (reusable each round), 4 chapsticks per person (reusable each round)
How to Play: Players will use chopsticks to turn 4 chapsticks over so they are standing. The first player to get all four chapsticks to stand wins. This is also great practice for fine motor skills!
Supplies: 2 balloons per person (reusable each round)
How to Play: Players must keep two balloons up in the air with just one hand and the other hand is kept behind their backs. The last player with two balloons still going wins. If it gets too challenging, you can drop it to one balloon.
Cereal Chopstick Race
Supplies: round cereal in a big center bowl, a paper plate per player (reusable each round), two chopsticks per person (reusable each round)
How to Play: A group of players has to participate together. Each player should pick the cereal pieces from the center bowl to their individual plates using only the chopsticks. The player who has the most on their plate after one minute wins.
Keep It Up
Supplies: 1 feather per player (reusable each round), 1 bucket
How to Play: Each player must blow and keep the feather in the air and drop it into the bucket that is placed about 15 feet away somewhere in the room. Finish this in a minute to win the game. Hint – If it gets too difficult, just play until only one person still has their feather in the air.
Supplies: 1 feather per player (reusable each round), duct tape to make starting and finishing lines
How to Play: Make a starting and finishing line about 15 feet from each other. Each player puts their feather on the starting line and blows on it to try to be the first person to get their feather to the finish line.
Stick the Landing
Supplies: 1 half-full water bottle per person (reusable each round)
How to Play: Toss the water bottle in the air and make it land upright. The first player to achieve this wins, or whoever does it the most in one-minute wins.
Supplies: 2 rolls of crepe paper per player
How to Play: Each player holds the beginning of the crepe paper in each hand. The first to unroll both onto their hands/arms wins. Hint- Because this game requires so many rolls of crepe paper, you might make this a two player only game by randomly drawing two students’ names to play. Or you could have two adults pair off to play and have the students cheer them on (teacher vs principal, room mom, or aide).
To make things simple for you, I added them all to one simple download! You can take it to the Dollar Tree as you gather supplies, cut the directions into strips and give them to parent volunteers at each station, and keep everything in one place so it’s easier to stay organized!
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