If you haven’t caught an episode of NBC’s Minute to Win It, summer is a great chance to check it out! Make a note on your calendar to set aside an hour on Wednesdays at 8/7c. You won’t regret it! But this TV craze isn’t just entertaining media, it is chalked full of fun games that you can do with your students! Even better, the resources needed for the games are cheap and easy to come by. You might even be able to try out a few games in your house tonight!

So what’s the big deal? ContestMinute To Win Itants line up to compete on this high energy show, by completing a fun challenge in 60 seconds. Sound easy? Not once you’ve checked out some of the events. Go to the Minute To Win It website and peruse the games. Each game is introduced by a futuristic mini-video clip, which you could show to your students to get them amped up and provide clear directions.

Ok it sounds fun, but is it educational? It sure can be! Take PAT for example. If you elect to use Preferred Activity Time in your classroom, these games are perfect activity options. Check out our previous blog on PAT for more info. You can also use these games to introduce leadership concepts such as teamwork, communication, or goal setting.

  • Teamwork: Group students into teams of 4. Select four games for students to compete in. Present the game overview to students and have each team identify who (on their team) will compete in each challenge. This introduces the concepts of using each person’s strengths for the betterment of the team!
  • Communication: Modify games to include more than one person, and allow teams to communicate as they compete. “Junk in the Trunk” is one of the most well-known Minute to Win it games. Put students in teams of 3: One person wears the box and belt. A second puts the ping pong ball in the box, and then catches it when it falls out. And the third gives strategic advice as they race to win!
  • Goal Setting: Teach a valuable lesson on setting goals, by having students set goals for how long they anticipate it will take to complete each challenge. This can lead to valuable discussion on the role of goals, when to refine them, and how we can use goals to keep us on track on our life!