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Anyone's Game

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Think you can beat the clock? Play a variety of fun and silly challenges that must be completed in one minute or less.

These games are geared towards school-age children but can also be played together as a family. You can choose to keep score, or just play for the fun of it! You can also pick and choose which games you will play based on the supplies you have available.

Keep the fun going and check out the list of suggested library resources. Perhaps you will create your own games and challenge members of your household to play.

Balloon Blow

Can you blow all the cups off a table using only the air from a balloon? You only have one minute!

Supplies:

  • 1 Balloon per player
  • 15 Plastic Cups (reuse for each player)

How to Play:

  1. Line the cups up on a table.
  2. Start the timer for 1 minute.
  3. The first player blows up their balloon and tries to knock off the cups on the table using only the air in the balloon. They can re-fill the balloon as needed.
  4. When the 1 minute is up, so is that player’s turn.
  5. Repeat the game until all players have had a turn.
  6. If you are keeping score, players get one point for each cup that they knock off the table.

If you have enough cups available, this game can also be played with two players racing against each other to see who can knock off all their cups first.

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Card Shark

Sort 52 cards into four piles, no problem, right? Well you have to sort them by suits and you only have one minute!

Supplies:

  • 1 Deck of cards

How to Play:

  1. Shuffle a deck of cards.
  2. Set the timer for 1 minute.
  3. One player must sort the cards into four piles based on suits (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades) before the timer runs out.
  4. Repeat the game until all players have had a turn.
  5. If you are keeping score, players get one point for each card that is sorted in the correct pile.

Categories

But you must think fast, because you only have one minute!

Supplies:

  • 1 Piece of Paper per player
  • 1 Pen/Pencil per player

How to Play:

  1. Each player draws a grid on their paper:

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2.Together as a group, think of 6 categories and write them in each space in the first column. Examples of categories include Animals, Books, Cities, Food, Names, Sports.

3.Together as a group, think of 5 letters of the alphabet and write the letters in the top row of each column.

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4. Start the timer for 1 minute.

5. Each player tries to complete their grid by writing down a word from the category that starts with the correct letter. For example: an animal that starts with B = Bear.

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6. After the 1 minute is up, players can compare their answers.

7. If you are keeping score, players get one point for each correct word they write down.

You can make the game more challenging by adding more categories and/or letters.

Word Lightning

Challenge yourself to name as many words as you can that start with the same letter of the alphabet. Keep going until the time runs out!

Supplies:

  • 1 Piece of Paper
  • 1 Pen/Pencil

How to Play:

  1. Decide on a letter of the alphabet.
  2. Start the timer for 1 minute.
  3. The first player calls out as many words as they can think of beginning with the chosen letter of the alphabet.
  4. Another player keeps a tally of how many words are called out during the minute.
  5. Repeat the game until all players have had a turn. Make sure to change the letter each time.
  6. If you are keeping score, players get one point for each word they call out starting with their assigned letter.

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Balloons in the Air

Can you keep two balloons from touching the ground for one minute? Here’s the catch, you can only use one hand!

Supplies:

  • 2-3 Inflated balloons

How to Play:

  1. Find some open space.
  2. Set the timer for 1 minute.
  3. One player tosses two balloons in the air.
  4. Using only one hand, that player must keep the balloons from touching the floor until the timer runs out.
  5. The balloons cannot be held.
  6. Repeat the game until all players have had a turn.
  7. If you are keeping score, players get twenty points if they are able to keep both balloons from touching the floor.

You can make the game more challenging by increasing the number of balloons to three.

Breakfast Scramble

Can you put two cereal box puzzles back together in under one minute? 

Supplies:

  • 2 Cereal Boxes (or any cardboard box with an image)
  • Scissors

How to Play:

  1. Cut the front of two cereal boxes into 12 squares each. For younger children, cut the boxes into larger pieces.
  2. Mix the pieces up.
  3. Start the timer for 1 minute.
  4. The first player tries to reassemble the two cereal box covers before the timer runs out.
  5. Repeat the game until all players have had a turn.
  6. If you are keeping score, players get ten points for each completed puzzle.

If you have more cereal or other cardboard boxes with an image available, this game can also be played with two players racing against each other to see who can assemble the puzzles first.

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Don't Let the Joker Fall

Can you remove an entire deck of cards – except the joker – from the top of a bottle using only blown air? It may sound easy, but you only have one minute!

Supplies:

  • 1 Deck of Cards
  • 1 Plastic or Glass Bottle

How to Play:

  1. On a table, place a deck of cards face up on top of a bottle (remove the lid for a flatter surface). Make sure the joker is on the bottom of the deck.
  2. Start the timer for 1 minute.
  3. The first player tries to blow all of the cards off of the bottle except the joker before the timer runs out.
  4. Repeat the game until all players have had a turn.
  5. If you are keeping score, players get fifteen points if they are able to complete the game.

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Memory Game

How many objects can you remember after having only one minute to memorize them?

Supplies:

  • 20 Small/medium sized objects from around your home (e.g. small toys, craft supplies, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Pen/Pencil

How to Play:

  1. Gather 20 small/medium sized objects from around your home.
  2. Lay out the small objects on a table.
  3. Set the timer for 1 minute.
  4. All players will study and memorize the items.
  5. When the 1 minute is up, one player will put the items away out of sight.
  6. Each player will then write down as many of the items that they can remember.
  7. Players will then compare their lists to the objects to see how many they were able to remember.
  8. If you are keeping score, players get one point for each correct object on their list.

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Links to Fun Online Game Resources

For more fun games check out these eBooks, available on Overdrive

The Everything Kids' Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles, and Brain Teasers by Michael Dahl
Game Design by Greg Austic
Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner
100th Day by Sarah L. Schuette
Chess for Kids by Richard James
Game On! by Lincoln Peirce
Chess by DK Publishing

Request these books about games from the Library Catalogue

Game on in ancient Greece by Linda Bailey
Beastly puzzles : a brain-boggling animal guessing game by Rachel Poliquin
Inuit games by Thomas Anguti Johnston
The Canadian kids' guide to outdoor fun by Helaine Becker
Unbored games : serious fun for everyone by Joshua Glenn
The odd one out : a spotting book by Britta Teckentrup
Go out and play! : favorite outdoor games from Kaboom
Fun and games : a spot-it challenge by Jennifer Marks
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