Minute to Win It is an international game show franchise where contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use objects commonly available around the house. It has become a popular party game used at birthday or office gatherings.
This concept can be used to bring laughter into the classroom. However, rather than play games like you see on the show or in YouTube videos, put a cosmetology twist on it. Create a variety of 60 second games related to the discipline you teach. Some games might require students to have certain knowledge of their discipline, some could require dexterity and others can simply be for fun. Games will require pre-planning with props, so be sure to have everything ready to go before class. This game will take time to set up but once you have it created you will be able to play it when you want.
Begin by dividing the class into teams of 3 to 5 students. Ideally, you will want to have between 5 and 10 teams, but having enough props for that number of teams may be a challenge, so you may wish to have only 2 teams. Each team will send one person to play a 60 second game. Every person from a team is required to compete in at least one of the games. The students not participating in that game should encourage their teammate by cheering for them. Each game runs for 60 seconds. Depending on how much time you have, you might play between 5 to 10 games at a time.
Below you will find a variety of games that can be played. These are simply ideas based on the tools and supplies you might have in your school. Get creative and see what you can come up with.
Cosmetology Minute To Win It Game Ideas
Option 1: Student is blindfolded and required to locate their mannequin head and pin the ponytail on using a bobby pin.
Option 2: Student may only use their non-dominate hand to attach the ponytail.
The first student through wins the point for their team. If no one finishes within 60 seconds, no one gets the point.
A great big thank you to Ida McLean and her students at Searcy Beauty College for trying out some of these games and sharing their feedback. They had a blast!