Do you ever have those moments in ministry where a quick game or activity could really help you out? Do you need something to get everyone’s attention, but not be too hard to prepare? I’m sure that you are just like me and you are saying, "Yes, I do have those times!"
I’m a game person. I love activities. I think that quick games and fun activities are an awesome way to grab the attention of your audience. Especially when your audience is used to having their attention taken by whatever is on Disney or Nick Jr.
Last week at the Heart of a Child Conference in Broken Arrow, OK, I asked some of my conferees to help me out with some Minute to Win It games. Each of these games came straight from my head and to fruition, so some worked and some didn’t. Here are a few ideas.
Styrofoam Cup Stack Up
The idea: Stand and hold a styrofoam cup at waist height. Drop one cup to land top-side up. Drop another cup on top of that one and drop another cup on top of that one, finishing with three stacked cups together.
Sugar Cube Stack Up
The Idea: Stack 15 sugar cubes on top of each other in one minute or less.
Sugar Cube Toss Up
The Idea: Have a thrower stand 5 feet from a catcher. The catcher holds a small cup to catch three sugar cubes in. This activity would also work with minimarshmallows.
Place cup on your head and catch the sugar cube:
Gummy Worm Tie Up
The Idea: Tie a gummy worm in a knot using your mouth in one minute. Reverse idea. Tie a gummy worm in your hand and then untie it in your mouth! (The truth: this was more fun to watch than anything!)
The Idea: Place a tortilla on your forehead and try to take a bite out of it in one minute or less:
The Bottom Line:
When doing these games, think about running several at one time as a competition. Kids will get bored if they are watching only one doing the activities. Kids also love to see their teachers having fun so participate. There are HUNDREDS of fun minute to win it games in your head, let them out!