I’m so excited to finally share this activity with you! I’m sure you’ve heard of the show Minute To Win It from NBC. I’m not a huge game show fan but this one did spark an idea for the speech room! I’ve had this idea floating in my head since the beginning of the school year, just hadn’t been able to produce it until over winter break! The concept of Minute To Win It, is doing relatively simple tasks in one minute. I thought it would make the perfect speech game! The video above is an example of a type of challenge on the show. In my Minute to Win It: Articulation game, students combine articulation skills with silly tasks and try to complete them in one minute! If you have the January ‘blahs’ this will be just the think to cure it.
The packet includes 11 pre-made games and blank sheets to create your own. In the picture above, I’m demonstrating a task where you say 10 artic. words and then use a straw to suck then off the table and place them on a cup. If you can complete the task in one minute, you’re the challenge champ!
I totally recommend bookmarking this countdown clock that looks like the show’s timer! It makes it seem so much more official!
I’m guessing you’ll already have all the materials needed (see the list above), but if you don’t they are easily found at the dollar store.
The challenges vary from simple to very hard. So far my kids are loving the ‘impossible’ ones. They are so determined to beat it! Each challenge has a card like the one above. They are loving adding their name to the ‘challenge champs’ part. Every time anyone else attempts that game they see who has already won!
So how am I actually using it? I’m using the plastic shoe box to store the game in. It has all the parts, plus the challenge cards.
I decided that the kids will use this as a reward on ‘drill days’. If they each reach a certain number of trials for that day, they will be able to pick a challenge to attempt. I placed the cover sheet and the ‘challenge of the day’ on my black cabinet. Last week, it was 150 trials (for each kid in a group of 5) to earn the chance to play. They were so motivated! I’m planning to have full ‘MTWI’ days when we’re celebrating a speech graduation, the last day of the year, etc.
I hope your students benefit from the gross motor activities paired with articulation tasks! Let me know what your think! Find the game in my TPT store! Leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner to get their own copy for free!!
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Jenna, what a fantastic idea! I love incorporating ideas like this into the speech room (probably a competition between who loves them more – me or the kids!). Thanks for creating and sharing! 🙂
Love that show and love your game! Excellent idea to promote motivation in our kiddos! I have two boys with autism and would love to try this! Caren_evans@yahoo.com
This is great! Sometimes artic. practice can get really boring, but this would be really motivating for a lot of my clients! -ECD
Jennifer Zebre says
I love this idea! I agree, I would use it for rewards too!
Great idea to motivate the kids! Gets them moving and having fun while they work
I am a graduate student working in the schools, love the idea. Nancy. Cookielee914@yahoo.com
Ann Patton says
Jenna – another great idea! I love and want everything that you have in your store!
Language of Speech says
I was just in an IEP meeting this week and the parent was looking for more gross motor tasks that she could pair with home studying (spelling lists, curriculum vocab, etc). This would be an awesome suggestion!
This is awesome Jenna! Thanks for also showing us how you store it.
Jenna- This looks like so much fun!
still here and never going back says
What a clever idea
That looks like so much fun!!! I think my middle schoolers would love to do this!
Looks fun especially during these long winter months!
You are so creative. I am so thankful I found your blog. You have been a lifesaver (or timesaver) when it comes to my planning!
Carmen Hove says
This looks so much fun Jenna. Kids need to get up and move, especially those boys with all the energy! Thanks also for the “reminder” to use stuffies for story retelling. I’m doing Polar Bear Polar Bear sometime this next month and between my three kids we have all the animals except for a peacock in Webkinz. email@example.com
Brilliant idea! Using the straw to pick up the cards is also beneficial to kids who have difficulty putting their lips together to make bilabial sounds. They get to exercise their speech muscles without even knowing it. An articulation and exercise activity all in one. I love it!
These look like great, quick and easy games. Very creative.
Tabitha G. says
This is such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!!
Felice Clark says
This looks like a great activity to keep my older students excited about speech! Fun stuff
Callie Huffman says
This is such an innovative way to keep kids engaged in artic therapy!
Jayne Watkin says
So motivating and I love activities that get kids up and out of their seats.
So fun! My artic students would have a blast with this!
Kate Smith says
I have found some that went along with certain holidays and am eagerly awaiting to not only celebrate but play MTW as well with my kids. Thanks for the ideas of storage, setting it up, etc.
Such a great idea! My middle school students would love playing this!
Kids will love this!
This looks like a lot of fun!!!
Kimberly Albury says
Jenna, this looks like a great activity! I’m always looking for ways to make artic therapy sessions more exciting, and this looks like just the thing. I think this would be both fun and motivating for all my artic kiddos, great job!
One of my current goals is to increase the number of productions my clients say in a session. I love that these are all fun games that only take a minute to do at the end of a session. It is a great motivator for students and can easily be added into any session. All the supplies needed are in expensive and are small enough that can fit in my bag. Perfect for traveling SLPs! Thanks Jenna!
It’s on my “want”list – would be great for my R kiddos who are bored with my current materials!
Carissa Ten Hoeve says
This is so fun, Jenna! I love it, and I’m sure my students would too!!
What a cute activity! My kids would love this!
My fidgety kids would LOVE this. I also think it will go far to help kids who don’t like to lose, because you can teach them to get excited about others’ succeeding. What fun!
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I love these minute to win it ideas, it gets kids totally involved in therapy. My students love to play basketball while practicing their articulation skills. I have a mini hoop in my classroom, that’s about four feet tall and a Super Soft Basketball. The students get to shoot hoops the number of times they say their sound correctly ( they choose, 1-5 times), or they can make up a sentence use 1-5 words containing their sound and then shoot. I think they would love your ideas.
Cindy L Meester says
Fun! Did you complete it in a minute or did the kids win?
Love it! Especially the idea of reaching so many trials and then playing as a reward… lately my kiddos have been having the blahs and their number of repetitions have suffered. I bet this’ll perk them right up!
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This is such an awesome motivator for repetitive artic days! Thanks for the idea – you are amazing at coming up with new ideas to challenge your kiddos!
This is such a great idea!
Beth Johnson says
Looks like fun…I think the kids would love it!
Ali Rees says
This activity made me laugh out loud, it looks like so much fun! Kids of all ages will love this! The students learn in so many different ways and this will get them out of their chairs! I love how you use it as a motivator also, I will definitely be trying this one! Love it…Thanks!
Wow, Jenna! What a wonderful activity! You sure know what works! Love your ideas! My speechies and I would love to win this!
This looks absolutely amazing. I love that there are multiple tasks to keep the kids interested. Great job as always.
Karen S says
I love Minute to Win it. This will be great. Thanks for all your wonderful materials and ideas! They are the best.
Sara Davis says
This looks fun! What a great way to get the kids active. I love all of your ideas….you are very creative!
This is such a great idea! I love how creative that you are! The kids will love this because its so fun, energetic, motivating and they have fun working on their goals!
Julie Graham says
Is there still a minute to win it? Love the movement of this activity!
Great, looks like a lot of fun!
Wow, this certainly looks fun and innovative! Nice job! 🙂
That sounds like so much fun. Great idea!
So creative…my kids would love this! Thank you!
Looks like so much fun!!!!
Andrea Schneider says
Wow, what a great way to spice up therapy. I feel like I am in a winter funk, so this would liven things up a bit. Thank you.
So cute and fun!
I love the “get up and move” aspect of this 🙂
Melissa A says
I have talked about using Minute to Win It games in therapy for a while now but never actually did anything, thanks again for doing al the brain work!
I have been doing some minute to win it activities in therapy…but love how you put all this together.
This is so stinkin’ cute!! 🙂 Sounds like a fun end of the school year activity – kind of like their field day for speech!
Angie Klein says
How do you come up with this stuff! GREAT IDEA!
I work with many children displaying ADHD , ODD and emotional/social deficits. I am always looking for new fun ways to motivate them to participate and succeed. I love this idea. There are So many ways to incorporate goals while allowing the child a sense of control, and excitement. Thank you !
Elaine Mack says
With the Winter Olympics coming up this is an awesome idea! Thank you!
I absolutely LOVE this idea! I think these games would be such a great motivating factor for clients that are a little bit trickier to get to focus during arctic drills! Was wondering if you might have a student discount on your TPT page for it?