A Minute to Win It class party?
We have been all about Minute to Win it this year after we rocked out a Minute to Win It Family Game Night a few months ago, so when I asked Owen what he wanted to do for his Valentine’s Day class party, without hesitation, he said, Minute to Win It!!
So I started thinking about how we could make this work for a classroom filled with 24 fourth graders.
It definitely would be vastly different from our little, at-home 10-person family gathering.
I wanted to make sure that with our short amount of class time that the kids not only had time for Minute to Win It games, but they also had time to deliver and open Valentines and eat their snack.
I thought and thought. Researched and conferred with Maddy, Owen, and Cora, and I think we figured out how a Minute to Win It class party can really work.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Minute to Win It Class Party — Organized, Planned, and Super-Fun:
The most important thing is to have every little last bit of the party planned out so that there’s little to no confusion on party day.
Before anything, talk to the teacher.
You want to make sure that you and the teacher are on the same page and that you know his or her expectations, ideas, and party requirements. Talk about the Valentine’s Day Class Party Letter you need to send home with all of the kids, and share a draft before you make copies.
You can grab what I’ve used in the past here: How to throw a Rockstar Valentine’s Day Party.
Then develop a plan.
If you’re Room Parenting solo, then you brainstorm the plan. But if you’ve got a co-parent, then work together to figure out what will work best.
And write it down.
There’s nothing worse than going into a classroom for a class party and having no idea what’s going on.
A plan keeps everyone informed and on top of what’s happening.
Here are our ideas for the Valentine’s Day Minute to Win it Class Party:
- Tiny conversation hearts (4 bags)
- Chopsticks (4 pair)
- Pipe cleaners (25)
- Fruit loop cereal (2 boxes)
- Large Conversation Hearts (4 bags)
- Bathroom cups (about 150)
- Nila wafer cookies (3 boxes)
- plastic bowls (6)
- paper plates (8)
- sandwich bags (25)
- paper hearts (100)
- serving spoons (4)
Divide class of 24 students into 6 groups of 4 using heart stickers.
This is really the way to go.
If you want to keep score, have students fill out score sheets as they go. I really think this works better than having the scores posted so the whole class can see them, but some people think that’s the fun part.
(Instructions for downloading are below!)
Do what works best for the group!
And then make sure you have a parent at each station.
Here are the cards we’ll use at each station.
Kids will pick a tiny heart sticker from a bowl before we get started, and that’s how we’ll organize groups.
The back of each station card will have the order of group rotation.
Our Minute to Win It Games
Station 1: need tiny conversation hearts, 4 sets of chopsticks, sandwich bags, bowl in center and 4 plates
Tiny Heart Chopstick Race: Players work individually to move as many tiny hearts from a central bowl into their own plastic cups, using only a pair of chopsticks.
Winner moves the most hearts to his/ her plate.
When finished, students put all hearts into sandwich bag.
Station 2: need Nila Wafer cookies and sandwich bags.
Cookie Face: Players have a Nila wafer cookie on their foreheads and have one minute to move that cookie from their forehead and into their
The winner is the player who moves the most cookies from forehead to mouth in one minute’s time!
Students put cookies into sandwich bag when time is called.
Station 3: need Fruit Loop cereal, pipe cleaners, plastic plates, sandwich bags.
One-Handed Bracelets: One minute to thread as many fruit loops onto a pipe cleaner as
And then–here’s the clincher–the player has to make that pipe cleaner into a bracelet. Using one hand.
Winner has the most Fruit Loops on pipe cleaner.
When finished, students put Fruit Loops and pipe cleaner into sandwich bag.
Station 4: need big conversation hearts, 4 plastic plates, and sandwich bags
Big Heart Towers: Players have one minute to stack as many big hearts with one hand as they can. It’s harder than you may think!
The winner is the person who has the highest stack after one minute.
Students put their hearts into a sandwich bag when finished.
Heart Race: need 50 paper hearts, 4 serving spoons, 4 plastic bowls
Students stand across from a partner, about 10 feet apart. Each person has five paper hearts on a serving spoon and has to walk quickly to the other person and drop as many hearts as possible into a bowl. When the hearts are dropped, the partner can then walk quickly to the other side and drop his/ her hearts into a bowl.
This continues until time is called.
The winning person has transferred the most hearts from one side to another!
Station 6: need 36 bathroom cups for each student (about 150 total)
Stack Attack: Players have 1 minute to completely stack and unstack 36 bathroom cups into a pyramid.
Winner is first to complete the task.
Please remember: Class parties should be fun, easy, and low-stress for all kids. Maybe instead give one point for every beanbag that hits the target.
Keep it light!
Do you want to download this whole awesome Minute to Win It Party Plan? You got it!
Let us know what you think! We would love to hear your feedback and ideas!
Want a few more fun Valentine’s Day ideas? Check out:
- How to throw a rockstar Valentine’s Day class party
- Valentine’s Day Class party 2.0
- Musical Hearts
- Secret Message Valentines
- Bookmark Valentines
- Scratch-Off Ticket Valentines
- Valentine’s Day Lunchbox Notes
- HEART Bingo
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