You found our list of the best minute to win it virtual games.
Virtual minute to win it games are challenges to complete in sixty seconds. For example, cookie face, book brain, and simultaneous charades. These competitions often occur in person, however many games are also playable online via video meeting software like Zoom. The purpose of these games is to sharpen reaction time and promote team bonding.
These challenges are online versions of minute to win it games, and a subset of quick group activities for conference calls, team building games online and video call games. The activities can be similar to virtual team challenges, virtual games for teams, large group games for Zoom, and 5 minute team building activities.
This article includes:
- online minute to win it games for adults
- virtual minute to win it games with no supplies
- minute to win it games to play on Zoom
Let’s get to it!
List of virtual minute to win it games
From Cookie Face to Noodle Doodlin, here are some of the best minute to win it games to play on video calls.
1. Pack Attack
Supplies Needed: It’s a surprise until the game starts!
To Play: Pack Attack is a super fast lightning scavenger hunt. First, set the scene by telling players that there is an emergency, and they only have one minute to pack as many items as possible. Right before the timer starts, share your screen with the list of items.
We made a template for you to display:
The player with the most objects at the end of the sixty seconds wins.
2. Cookie Face
Supplies needed: fist-size or smaller cookies
To Play: Participants place one cookie on the base of their foreheads. When time starts, players use their facial muscles and gravity to move the cookie into their mouths. Using hands is not allowed during this game.
You could either award points to every player or team who finishes, or tier points so that the first player to bite the cookie scores the most.
3. Snowball Fight
Supplies needed: ball of paper and a mug
To Play: Snowball fights are one of the best Christmas virtual minute to win it games. Participants place a mug on a surface and then make a mark on the floor exactly three feet away. Next, each payer crumples up a piece of paper into a ball. Standing on the mark, players must toss the snowball into the mug as many times as possible within sixty seconds.
Or, players can substitute cotton balls or mini marshmallows for the paper ball, and count up the number of objects in the cup at the end of the game.
For more online Christmas team games, check out our guide to virtual holiday parties.
4. Umm True?! (Hosted Event)
Umm True?! is a fully hosted virtual team building event that includes challenges similar to minute-to-win-it games. For example, the event various styles of trivia and question activities. Umm True?! is quirky, fun and a great way to bring people together online.
Standard Umm True?! events are 60 minutes, and are led by an experienced host. Your host will make sure that everyone is participating, engaged and having a great time.
Learn more about Umm True?!
5. Human Dictionary
Supplies Needed: None
To Play: Human Dictionary is one of my favorite easy minute to win it games with no supplies. To kick off the game, one teammate types two words starting with the same letter in the chat. When the clock starts, players have sixty seconds to list words that come between those two terms alphabetically. The word suggesters can use real dictionary pages as inspiration. Or, you can use the advanced search features in this online word generator to choose two random words with the same starting letter.
We suggest awarding one point per word or per syllable. For more fun with language, check out our list of vocabulary games.
6. Just a Darn Fun Event
Just a Darn Fun Event is a fully facilitated activity with fun, virtual “minute to win-it” style challenges. The games include trivia, rapid-fire Bingo and more.
The games are led by one of our experienced hosts, and go for about 60 minutes. The goal of the event is to maximize engagement, participation and fun. Your team will love it!
Learn more about Just a Darn Fun Event.
7. Takeout Typing
Supplies Needed: Chopsticks, computer keyboard
To Play: The gamemaster shares the screen to display a long paragraph. Players must type using chopsticks instead of fingers. At the end of sixty seconds, participants submit the copied paragraphs in the chat. The typist with the most words and fewest errors wins the round.
8. Black Box
Supplied Needed: Digital whiteboard
To Play: Black Box is one of the simplest Zoom minute to win it games. First, the meeting host shares the digital whiteboard and enables annotation. If participants are not already in groups, then the game leader should assign teams. Next, the host draws an equal number of large rectangles. When the timer starts, players use the thinnest pencil setting to draw within the squares. The object of the game is to fill as much white space as possible. However, other teams can use the eraser to sabotage opponents. When the minute is up, the team with the most space covered wins.
9. Flip Cup
Supplied Needed: Plastic cup
To Play: Flip cup is one of the most popular virtual minute to win it games for adults. Participants place the cup on a flat surface, rim facing up. This setup should be within full view of the computer screen. Players must tap the cup so that it flips completely upside-down, with the rim touching the table. At the end of the minute, players gain one point for each successful flip.
Flip cup is a classic drinking game, and you can play without alcohol too. For similar challenges, check out our list of Zoom drinking games.
10. Trunk Junk
Supplies Needed: Empty tissue box, pantyhose, tape, ping pong balls
To Play: This game requires preparation and gets a little messy. Each player fills an empty tissue box with ping pong balls. Then, participants tape the box to the pantyhose, and tie the pantyhose around their waists, so that the box is affixed to their lower back. When the clock starts, players must shake the boxes so that the ping pong balls fall out. The winner is the player who empties the box first, or shakes out the most balls.
11. Simultaneous Charades
Supplies Needed: None
To Play: The game leader sends each player a term to act out, either in a pre-meeting email, or privately in the chat. Participants set meeting screens to gallery view. For thirty seconds, players act out their words simultaneously. For the remaining thirty seconds, participants type out their answers. When time is up, players send the responses in the chat. Players get points for each correct answer, or the team with the most correct answers earns one point.
12. Upside Down
Supplies Needed: Nearby items
To Play: Participants turn as many objects upside down as possible. For example, players may overturn a cup, reshelve a book, or rotate a poster. All items must be within view of the screen, and they all must stay upside down on their own. When time is up, players count up the topsy-turvy objects. The player with the most upside down items wins the round.
Pro tip: Award bonus points if a team member turns themselves upside down by doing a handstand!
13. Countin’ On It
Supplies Needed: None
To Play: This game is an exercise in listening, communication, and teamwork. First, divide the group into breakout rooms. Once in breakout rooms, teams must count to the highest number possible in the alloted time, with a few conditions:
- The group must count by ones.
- Only one teammate counts at a time.
- The same player cannot go twice in a row.
- If two members start to speak at the same time, the group must start over at one.
When time ends, recall attendees back to the main room. The teams share the highest number reached, and the group with the largest number wins.
14. Card-carrying Ninja
Supplies Needed: Playing cards, and a semi-soft object like styrofoam, clay, or, a potato
To Play: Participants take aim at the object and throw the playing cards like ninja stars. The point of the game is to get the cards to stay in the item. You could either stop the game after the first player hits the target, or award points for every card that sticks.
15. Tower Power
Supplies Needed: Cards, pennies, dice, blocks, or any other stackable object, and a ruler or tape measure
To Play: The point of the game is to construct the tallest tower in under one minute. Towers must be freestanding and within view of the camera. To determine a winner, ask players to measure the height of the structure with a ruler or tape measure.
This game has many variations. In another version, you can ask players to build a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows just like in the classic team building game. Or, you can designate other building materials such as toilet paper rolls, paperclips, and rubber bands. You could even challenge participants to build a tower out of whatever items are in arm’s reach of their desks– a method that is sure to inspire interesting results!
16. Take a Turn
Supplies Needed: Wheeled office chair
To Play: Participants sit cross legged in the office chair. Using only their hands, they must make as many revolutions in the chair as possible in sixty seconds, without grabbing any nearby stationary objects. The player with the most full spins at the end of the round winds.
17. Memo Mouth
Supplies Needed: Sticky notes, preferably in two colors
To Play: Participants either use two colors of sticky notes, or draw two different symbols on the notes. Either way, there should be six of each note. Participants line up the notes across the desk, with one color or symbol on each side. When the timer starts, players must use only their mouths to switch the notes’ positions. The player or team with the most notes moved at the end of sixty seconds wins.
18. Letter leaders
Supplies needed: Keyboard
To Play: First, assign each player a letter. Then, put sixty seconds on the clock, and challenge players to make as many words as possible in the chat, typing one letter at a time. Words must be spelled correctly and letters must be in the correct order, or else the words do not count. You can either play all together as one group, or split the group into teams by using breakout rooms.
19. Book Brain
Supplies needed: Books
To Play: The point of this game is for players to balance a book on top of their heads for the full sixty seconds. To make the game harder, ask participants to stand up, shake or nod their heads, or add a second book. At the end of the minute, all players who have not dropped the books earn one point.
20. Noodle Doodlin’
Supplies Needed: Pen and paper
To Play: Noodle Doodlin’ is one of the easiest do it yourself minute to win it games. Pen and paper are the only materials you need. Each round, give players an object to draw, such as a sailboat, a rose, or a dancing rabbit. Participants must place the paper on top of their heads and draw the image. Then, the group votes on the best picture and the winner earns points.
Virtual minute to win it scorecard template
We made a template for you to keep track of points and winners in each minute to win it challenge.
Online minute to win it games make great icebreakers or re-energizers for virtual meetings. Since most games involve movement, they encourage remote workers to be more active throughout the day. Plus, the silly challenges loosen up participants and help them feel more comfortable among peers. Occasionally, the games even uncover hidden talents, like crazy flexibility, artistic ability, or super speed.
We also have a post with virtual game night ideas, one with virtual activities for groups of coworkers, one with virtual fun Friday activities, and this one with at least 10 not lame virtual team building activities.