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Minute to Win It Games Using Household Items


Here are some games you can play as a family using average household items typically used for housework and housekeeping. Play these games to celebrate No Housework” Day on April 7. Wouldn’t it be great to declare a day of fun and games with the spouse and kids rather than doing housework?!

Housework Games: Games using household items

Below you will find links to games that you can play with household items such as a broom, bucket, iron board, laundry basket, forks, spoons, plates, and cups! Way more fun than doing the laundry and washing the dishes!

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*Broomski Ball: Roll tennis balls over a taped down broomstick and jump them into three buckets at different heights.
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You’ll Need: 3 Buckets / 1 Broomstick / Tennis balls / Foul line / Tape
1) The game begins with the broomstick and buckets affixed to the floor, and the foul line placed 9 feet back from the front of the first bucket.
2) When the clock starts, player can begin rolling tennis balls.
3) To complete the game, player must land at least one ball into each basket.

*Bucket Head: Catch 3 balls in a bucket on top of the head.
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You’ll Need: “bucket headgear” made of small bucket or water jug with top cut off / materials like a sweatband to keep it affixed to the head / container of ping-pong balls / wall with a foul line on the ground 5′ away
1) When the clock starts, player may grab 1 ball at a time and bounce it so that it hits the floor then wall before attempting to catch it in the bucket headgear.
2) Only balls caught behind the foul line may count toward total.
3) Ball must bounce directly from wall to bucket in order to score.
4) Player can’t play from a kneeling or seated position, or touch the bucket with the hands while trying to catch a ball.
5) To complete the game, player must catch and retain a total of 3 balls in the bucket atop the head within the 60-second time limit.

*Get Forked: Roll quarters from behind a foul line so that one stands between the tines of a fork from a designated distance.
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You’ll Need: Fork / Foul line
1) Create a foul line.
2) Secure the fork a designated distance away from the foul line so that it is face down and the tine openings are facing the foul line.
3) When the clock starts, player rolls quarters toward the fork.
4) To complete the game, get one quarter to stand in one of the tines within the 60-second time limit. The quarter must remain in the tine opening for 3 seconds.

*Ka-Broom: Drop a broom onto a plate, catapulting a marshmallow into the air, then catch it in a cup.
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You’ll Need: 1 cup / 1 broom / 10 paper plates / 10 large marshmallows / table
1) Set up each plate so that it hangs halfway off the table with a marshmallow centered on the portion of the plate covering the table.
2) Create a foul line 7′ from the plates.
3) When the clock starts, player places broom bristle side down, and releases the handle so it makes contact with the plate.
4) The marshmallow should catapult into the air and the player must attempt to catch it in the cup while at least 1 foot is behind the foul line.
5) If a player’s hand makes contact with a marshmallow, the attempt does not count.
6) To complete the game, player must catch 3 marshmallows so that they are in the cup concurrently within the 60-second time limit.

*Nimble Thimble: Player must bounce a marble into each of 6 thimbles.
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You’ll Need: 6 thimbles / at least 6 marbles
1) Affix each thimble to the table with the open side facing up.
2) When the clock starts, player may toss 1 marble at a time towards the thimbles.
3) A marble must bounce at least once on the table, without being redirected by the player before landing in a thimble.
4) To complete the game, a marble must be stationary in each of the 6 thimbles concurrently within the 60-second time limit.

*Spoon Frog: Bang down on a spoon to propel another spoon into a glass.
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You’ll Need: at least 6 spoons / 3 glasses
1) Set up 3 glasses in a row.
2) When the clock starts, player may begin arranging spoons and banging down on them to propel them into the glass.
3) Player must make a single motion, making contact with only 1 spoon when catapulting the spoon into the glass.
4) The spoon must land in the bottom of the glass to count.
5) To complete the game, player must land 1 spoon into each of 3 glasses and they must remain there concurrently within the 60-second time limit.

*Spoon Tune: Arrange glasses of water within 60 seconds so that they play a preselected song when tapped with a spoon.
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You’ll Need: Glasses / Water / Spoon / Table / Tuning instrument
1) Prior to game start, fill glasses with water and tune them to the notes of the preselected song. Arrange the glasses in random order in the center of the table.
2) When the clock starts, contestant may start arranging the glasses in a line and tapping them with the spoon.
3) Glasses must be positioned in a clear line within 60 seconds to count toward completion of game.
4) If contestant knocks a glass over or spills enough water to change a glass’ note, the game will result in failure.
5) To complete the game, contestant must arrange the glasses in a line in the correct order correlating to the musical notes of the preselected song and have hands off the glasses within the 60-second time limit.
6) “Jingle Bells,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” are just a few examples of recommended songs.

*By a Thread: Use 1 hand to run a piece of thread through the eye of 10 needles.
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You’ll Need: thread / 10 needles (each with an increasingly smaller eye)
1) All needles are placed sharp side down into a stable surface, arranged from largest eye to smallest.
2) Before starting the game, the player may hold thread with hand of choice, but may not lick or bend it.
3) When the clock starts, player may lick or bend thread as needed, but may only use 1 hand at all times.
4) To complete the game, player must get the thread through the eyes of all 10 needles within the 60-second time limit.

*Iron Board Man: Two people maneuver opposite ends of an ironing board in an attempt to land a marble in one of three designated holes.
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You’ll Need: Ironing board / Marbles
1) Prior to game start, players stand in designated start zones with their hands holding the board with a marble preloaded on the ironing board.
2) Once the clock starts, players may place their hands on the sides of the ironing board behind the designated zone and will begin rolling the marble down the board by tilting the board.
3) If a marble falls off of the board at any time, the player must re-use marble or pick up another marble and place it in the start zone before attempting the game again.
4) Only one marble may be on the board at a time.
5) To complete the game, player must get one marble from the start position to one of the 3 end positions at the middle of the ironing board as described above within the 60-second time limit.

*Magic Carpet Ride: Player must sit on a bathroom floor mat and use an inchworm technique to move around obstacles.
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You’ll Need: 1 standard bath mat / 3 obstacles (i.e. toilet brush, plunger, toilet paper roll) / smooth floor with start line
1) Set up 3 obstacles in a line in front of the start line.
2) Player begins game sitting on bathmat with fuzzy side down.
3) When the clock starts, player may begin moving across floor using the designated inchworm motion to move around the obstacles.
4) Player may slalom in any direction around the obstacles, then turn around and slalom back past the same obstacles.
5) If player touches the ground with any part of his or her body, he or she must stop moving forward until their body is correctly positioned back on the mat.
6) To complete the game, player must slalom around the obstacles to the end and back, and the bath mat must cross the start line entirely within the 60-second time limit.

*Whack Job: Use a broom to knock a pie tin off a glass, allowing the egg that is sitting on a toilet paper roll on top of the tin to fall into the glass.
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You’ll Need: glass of water / pie tin / toilet paper roll / raw egg / kitchen broom
1) Set up tower so that it has a glass of water with a pie tin on top. On top of the pie tin is an empty toilet paper roll with an egg balanced on top.
2) When the clock starts, player steps on broom bristles and releases handle so that the handle hits the pie tin with the demonstrated motion.
3) The player may not make contact with the egg tower, and the entire egg must land inside the glass to count.
4) To complete the game, player must knock the egg off the tower and completely into the glass within the 60-second time limit.

*Whippersnapper: Player must use a towel affixed to the floor to whip a ping-pong ball into a laundry basket.
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You’ll Need: 1 towel / ping-pong balls / 1 laundry basket
1) Set up laundry basket 15′ away from a towel which has 1 end affixed to the ground.
2) When the clock starts, player may put a ball on the towel and “pop” the ball into the laundry basket by holding the 2 closet corners of the towel.
3) Player may place the ping-pong ball anywhere on the towel, but may only place 1 ping-pong ball at a time.
4) To complete the game, the player must toss 1 ping-pong ball into the laundry basket within the 60-second time limit.

Link up your housework related projects with the No Housework Party April 07-12, 2014. Domestic Goddess’ and the Domestically Challenged welcome!
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Welcome to the 3rd Annual No Housework Party! Link Up!


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Today is ”No Housework Day”! Welcome to the 3rd annual No Housework Party blog hop hosted by the Coolest Non-Domestic Mamas on the BlockJenn and Rachael!

Whether you never lift a domestic finger or you are a dedicated domestic goddess…we’re giving you the day off!


(Click on the button above to get the code.)

Link up any of your housework related blog posts.
Here are a few writing prompts. Get creative!

-How are you celebrating No Housework Day?
-What do you do instead of housework?
-Tell us about that time you tried to clean something and it backfired on you.
-How did you become a Domestic Goddess / Domestically Challenged
-Share your housekeeping/organizing tips and tricks
-Confess your mess…be brave and show us pictures of your messy house
-Tell us your most/least favorite chore
-Why you hate/love housework
-How to you make housework fun (or at least bearable)
-Do your kids help with the housework?
(Link up as many related posts as you want, even ones that you linked last year, just include a link back!)

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Link up here or at Non-Domestic Mama Friday April 05 through Friday April 12 to party!

RULES:
1. Family Friendly links only! Our blogs are the only things clean around here. We only have dirty houses, not dirty mouths.
2. ALL “housework” related posts are welcome (old or new)
3. Link up as many related posts as you like
4. Link directly to your post, not to your homepage
(Please do not link up giveaways).
5. LINK BACK! Grab one or more of our buttons and put it in your post with a link back, or simply link back to Coolest Family on the Block or Non-Domestic Mama in your post.
6. Hop and have fun!

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You can also party with us on Twitter at #nohousework where @coolfamilyblog and @nondomestic will be hanging out instead of cleaning, and follow our Non-Domestic and No Housework boards on Pinterest! 🙂

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How to Fold a Towel (Video Tutorial)


I’ve added this to Mama’s Kat Vlogging Workshop as prompt
3.) Make a video about anything…from a table in your kitchen.
Coincidentally I had just made this video last week for No Housework Day. Our kitchen light doesn’t work so I moved the table into the playroom to record the video. Enjoy 😉

I dislike all housework but if I had to pick a favorite chore it would be the laundry. I don’t mind laundry so much. Maybe it’s because there’s really no gross factor like there is with dishes. Maybe it’s because there are only four of us and the laundry is pretty manageable. I don’t know.

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I’m actually really good at folding laundry, so I thought I’d show you how to fold a towel. I know, it’s exciting isn’t it? I like to rock a nice, fancy tri-fold with my towels. Also, I fold in the shadows because I am mysterious (or because I have crappy lighting in my house). Watch and learn, my friends, watch and learn.

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…and. You. Are. Welcome.
I just changed your life.
Spread the word.

If you’re looking for another pointless tutorial you can check out this ooooold one of mine: How to build a jigsaw puzzle.

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How do fold your towels? Tri-fold, square, origami elephant? Tell me in the comments!

Don’t forget to link up your housework (or anti-housework) related posts to the No Housework Party April 05-12, 2013!

You can “like” the No Housework Party on Facebook, party with @coolfamilyblog and @nondomestic on Twitter at #nohousework, and follow our Non-Domestic and No Housework boards on Pinterest!

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Related Posts:
*My Least Favorite Chore
*10 Things I’d Rather do Than the Dishes

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Check out my other vlog for Mama Kat’s prompt #2
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Announcing 3rd Annual No Housework Party



No Housework Party hosted by the Coolest Non-Domestic Mamas on the Block! 😉

Sunday, April 7, is a very important day. A day where women all over the country lay down their mops, clap their dish panned hands together and exclaim…”Today is No Housework Day!”

You, my dear readers, get to be part of something very special. In celebration of this most glorious day of all days on the calendar Rachael from Non-Domestic Mama and myself are teaming up to host the second annual No Housework Party! Oh yes.
Not much will be different for Rachael and I since we avoid housework every chance we get…but for those of you dedicated domestic goddesses…we’re giving you the day off!

From Friday, April 5 until Friday, April 12, stop by and link up your post.

Here are a few writing prompts. Get creative!
-How are you celebrating No Housework Day?
-What do you do instead of housework?
-Tell us about that time you tried to clean/cook something and it backfired on you.
-How did you become a Domestic Goddess / Domestically challenged
-Share your housekeeping/organizing tips and tricks
-Confess your mess…be brave and show us pictures of your messy house
-Tell us your most/least favorite chore
-Why you hate/love housework
-How to you make housework fun (or at least bearable)
-Do your kids help with the housework?

Need some examples?
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For the Domestically Challenged
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Do you hate housework, are you no good at it, or are there simply just not enough hours in the day to do it all? You’re not alone. All over the country non-domestics just like you are sweeping the cobwebs aside (figuratively…we don’t sweep for real, silly!), stepping out into the world and declaring, “I hate housework!”. We’re walking right past our piles of organized chaos and confessing to the world, I have better things to do than dishes. Join us on Saturday to link up any of your domestically challenged blog posts. Show us what you do instead of housework, how you plan on celebrating No Housework Day, or tell us about that time you tried to clean something and it backfired on you.

For the Domestic Goddesses

If you’re reading this while wiping your computer screen with a special cloth…you probably need to declare a holiday more than any of us (put the cloth down and back away, you weirdo!). Can’t take off a day of cleaning? You might feel like you don’t belong here, but you couldn’t be more wrong, my friend! You are welcome to link up any of your housework posts…make us feel guilty and show us your tips, tricks, and lovely organized closets. We’ll call you a show off and give you a 😉 winky to your face and then we’ll probably talk about you behind your back…but seriously, you’re totally welcome to link up!

Start planning how you’re going to celebrate No Housework Day (or if you’re a non-domestic…procrastinate and try to come up with something at the last minute 😉 ) and then meet back here or at Non-Domestic Mama April 5-12 to party!

See ya then (leave your broom at home!)

You can also party with us on Twitter at #nohousework where @coolfamilyblog and @nondomestic will be hanging out instead of cleaning, and follow my No Housework board and Rachael’s on Pinterest! 🙂

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10 Things I’d Rather Do Than the Dishes


I truly hate doing the dishes so much that I felt it necessary to give you a list of things I’d rather do than the dishes so that you can truly understand my distaste.

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10 Things I’d Rather Do Than the Dishes
1. Pluck my eyebrows
2. Clip my toenails
3. Clean the dog’s ears
4. Wipe boogies
5. Watch Elmo’s World 3,000 times
6. Change a poopy diaper
7. Clean the toilets (Yeah, you read that right.)
8. Repeatedly bang my head against a wall
9. Drive a sharp object into my skull
10. Push a nearly 10 lb baby out of my nether-regions

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*My Least Favorite Chore

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2nd Annual No Housework Party: Link Up!


Today is ”No Housework Day”! Welcome to the second annual No Housework Party blog hop hosted by the Coolest Non-Domestic Mamas on the BlockJenn and Rachael!

Whether you never lift a domestic finger or you are a dedicated domestic goddess…we’re giving you the day off!


(Click on the button above to get the code.)

Link up any of your housework related blog posts.
Here are a few writing prompts. Get creative!

-How are you celebrating No Housework Day?
-What do you do instead of housework?
-Tell us about that time you tried to clean something and it backfired on you.
-How did you become a Domestic Goddess / Domestically Challenged
-Share your housekeeping/organizing tips and tricks
-Confess your mess…be brave and show us pictures of your messy house
-Tell us your most/least favorite chore
-Why you hate/love housework
-How to you make housework fun (or at least bearable)
-Do your kids help with the housework?
(Link up as many related posts as you want, even ones that you linked last year, just include a link back!)

No Housework Party
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Link up here or at Non-Domestic Mama Friday April 6 through Saturday April 14 to party!

RULES:
1. Family Friendly links only! Our blogs are the only things clean around here. We only have dirty houses, not dirty mouths.
2. ALL “housework” related posts are welcome (old or new)
3. Link up as many related posts as you like
4. Link directly to your post, not to your homepage
(Please do not link up giveaways).
5. Grab one or more of our buttons and put it in your post and/or in your sidebar, or simply link back to Coolest Family on the Block or Non-Domestic Mama in your post.
6. Hop and have fun!

Click below to add your link!



(Because I have a free WordPress.com blog that doesn’t accept javascript the links won’t be visible on my page. You have to click the link above to add/view links. Sorry :()

Want to post this linky on your blog? Click below to grab the code!
(Please include a “No Housework Party” button with a link back in your post!)
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You can also party with us on Twitter at #nohousework where @coolfamilyblog and @nondomestic will be hanging out instead of cleaning, and follow our Non-Domestic and No Housework boards on Pinterest! 🙂

Coolest Family on the Block is committed to helping you find creative ways to have fun and make memories with your family all year-long. Don’t miss an idea, tip, or trick…subscribe and have updates sent directly to your email!

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