Saturday, October 19, 2013

Spark Student Motivation-Minute to Win It!

So, I'm linking up again with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for another addition of Spark Student Motivation!

This week, it's all about games!  Specifically, Minute To Win It games...remember that TV show?  My teaching partner dubbed it Monday Minute It To Win It, but lately it's been Whenever I Have Free Time Minute To Win It!  It is a great way to start off the week, but not always feasible.

The first game I call...Tissue Toss!  Each student (about 4 or 5) gets 1 full tissue box.  They have to put one hand behind their backs and pull out ONLY 1 tissue at a time until the box is empty.  Now, the goal is to do it in a minute, but it usually takes longer than a minute.  Take a look at a few pictures...

Now, I know you are thinking that it's just a waste of good tissues, but it's FUN!  And, you get to use these boxes again for another game I like to call Pingpong Booty Ball!  Yeah, it's not really the name of the game, but I like my name better!

In Pingpong Booty Ball, you add 8 pingpong balls inside the empty tissue boxes from the previous game.  Attach string to the tissue boxes and the students have to tie them around their waist.  The tissue box faces the student's back side (booty).  The students have to shake their booty until all the balls fall out of the tissue box. Take a look...

Sorry, the pictures are a little fuzzy!

The last game I've done is called Steady Noodle.  In this game, the students are given one uncooked spaghetti noodle and 6 uncooked ziti noodles.  The students have to put their hands behind their backs and pick up all 6 ziti noodles using the spaghetti noodle without breaking it.  

Trust me, my students are completely adorable, but I have to conceal their identity.

Let me know how it works in your class!

blog signature photo Blogsignature_zpsbaa03b4f.png


  1. I LOVE Minute to Win It! I have a whole tub of games ready to go, and like you, it's just whenever we have time. I blogged about it a LONG time ago and haven't blogged about my tub since I started my linky party....hmmmm. Thanks for sharing and linking up another fun idea!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. The kids do have a good time with it, but I just wish we could find more time to play! Lately, we've had many class interruptions due to school wide events and more to come this grading period!