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Minute-to-Win-It Madness

Posted by on Friday, December 12, 2014 in Family, Finals, Winter Break.

Finally, a finale to Finals! What better way to celebrate the conquering of the last tests and papers than with an insanely fun night of “Minute to Win It: Christmas Edition.”  You, too, can be fun and win the games!

B. and I made a quick Walmart run to pick up all of the necessary supplies, including marshmallows, candy canes, and cotton balls.  Intrigued?   To whet your anticipation, I’ll tell a side story of how we found this great place called “Thai Kitchen” literally across the street from Walmart.  I would recommend it.  Large amounts of yummy food for little amounts of monies.  Perfect for us college students.

PPT is great for graphic design, am I right or am I right?

Back to the story.  Competitions are the best, so we split up into two teams and set up the stations for our ten games:

  • Hot Chocolate Meltdown: We placed a two pairs of chopsticks and two piles of marshmallows on one side of the room and mugs on the other side of the room. Only using the chopsticks, the team who transferred the most marshmallows won!
  • Candy Cane Commute: This was a yummy game.  One team had peppermint candy canes and another had raspberry.  Each player held a candy cane in their mouth like a hook.  Each team had to pass the special candy cane from person to person with their candy cane hooks.  The first team to pass the candy cane through every player won!
  • Rudolph Race: A grosser game, to set up, hang two red pom-pom at the end of a strings, respectively.  Hand one out to your team’s point person.  Each player then tries to pull up the string to until they get to the red pom-pom, like to Rudolph’s nose, get it? The player who does that the fastest won!
  • Christmas Ornament Conveyor: We made two long loops of ribbon and grabbed two ornaments.  Then, we placed two team members inside the loop and pulled up the ribbon to their waists to create a conveyor belt.  First pair to move the ornament all the way around would win the game!
  • Penguin Relay: Each team had a balloon.  Holding the balloon between their legs, they had to waddle from one end of the room to the other!  Team relay!
  • Rudolph’s Dream Home: Team game.  Each team had 5 minutes to create a home for Rudolph out of toothpicks and marshmallows.  E., our impartial judge who was taking a break from her paper, made a guest appearance as Tim Gunn and critiqued.  These homes were hilarious.
  • Snowflake Race: A snowflake to each team!  That’s what you need for this game, where the players had to walk from one end of the room to the next without their snowflake falling off their heads.  Look Ma, no hands!  It was really funny because the teams realized they could walk faster if they just ran with the snowflake on their faces.  We looked pretty ridiculous.
  • Shovel Your Snow into Your Neighbor’s Yard: With a pile of cotton balls and a spoon for each team, each team’s designated shoveler could only use their little spoon shovel to move their pile of snow from one side of the room to the other!
  • Eating Santa’s Cookies: Have you ever heard of the game, “Face the Cookie”?  We often play this game on SPOTS.  Your team’s designated player had wiggle a cookie – we used broken pieces off a gingerbread house – from his/her forehead to mouth.  This is probably one of the funniest games to watch!
  • Christmas Fish Bowl: Everybody took a slip of paper and wrote down three fun words or short phrases.  We tossed those slips of paper into a stocking and shook thoroughly.  Alternating players in a circle, we sat down to begin our fun.  The first round is played like “Catchphrase,” where you had a minute to describe the word.  The second round, you take the same slips of paper, toss them back in the stocking, and play Charades.  The final round is where you may only give one word and your team has to guess the real word with that single hint.  This game is a classic group game favorite.
A dizzying game, Blow Ball literally took our breath away.

To close the night, we pulled out the ping pong table and played Blow Ball and Around the World.  No net necessary for the table, the point of the “Blow Ball is to guard your side well by blowing the ball into other people’s space.  If the ball falls off your side of the table, you’re out!  I was terrible at this game because I couldn’t secure enough air to both blow the ball and laugh.  For “Around the World,” think Quicksilver.  You can play this game with as many people as you want, and like normal ping-pong, you have to hit the ball over the net and after the bounce someone has to hit it back, but the catch is that you have to hit it and then rotate!  This game is really fun to watch when you get down to three people because they are running like crazy.

All set for Winter Break… and Christmas!

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