I am having a lot of fun playing some of the Minute to Win It games from NBC’s show Minute to Win It. As we’ve played the games I’ve noticed a few things that I think will help you as you play them with your group.
1. Materials. Be sure that you have all of the materials. With most of the games the materials are pretty standard. In youth games from the past you could make small changes but with these games substituting a paper plate for a pie plate on the fly just simply will not work.
2. Physics. The games have been created with to be hard enough for a challenge but at the same time possible to win. The physics are important. Watch where they place the game setup. A game that is too hard or can’t be won will not go over well and be dismissed by your students.
3. Test the game. Before club, session, or your event try the game out yourself to make sure you have it set up right and that things will cooperate. It can be something small like the fact that you’re outside instead of inside a studio that can totally undermine your success.
4. Have a prize and use hype. This seems like a given but part of the tension in the game is the reality that there is something on the line. Get creative and make sure you present the game with energy. Give the specific instructions and don’t assume they know how to play it.
Keep checking back with the Stash. We make graphics for use in your programming every week. Here are two Minute to Win It games we’ve hit and there will be more this week!