This Minute to Win It game is played in pairs, but it can also easily be played single-player style as well. Players bend over and hike rolls of toilet paper through their legs, aiming to send them through a hoop.
Deciding on the Format
Many games from the show are used at various levels, made easier at the lower levels and more difficult for the higher ones. After all, it should be more of a challenge to win the higher dollar amounts on the money ladder. This game can be adapted by changing the number of toilet paper rolls that must successfully make it through the hoop in order to win.
Keep in mind that, if you're sticking with team play, two people will be tossing the rolls at the same time, and aiming for the same hoop. Try playing the game both alone and with a partner and see what a realistic number of points would be to acheive in one minute, then base your format on that number. Make it easier to kids or seniors, and more difficult for seasoned Minute to Win It pros.
The only tricky piece of equipment needed for this game is a standing hoop. You pretty much need to fashion one yourself, and the base of the hoop needs to be weighted so the whole thing doesn't tip when it's being pelted with toilet paper rolls. Use your imagination to come up with a contraption that will work, or get in touch with one of your crafty handyman-type friends for help. You could perhaps start with this basic plan, making the hoop out of a hula hoop and weighing down the base, using sturdier materials overall.
To play Hut, Hut, Hike, you will need:
- A free-standing hoop (the opening of the hoop should stand vertically, not horizontally like a basketball hoop)
- Lots of full rolls of toilet paper - use the cheap stuff if you don't plan to use the TP for its intended purpose afterwards
- Two large baskets to hold the toilet paper rolls
- Measuring tape
- Masking tape, chalk, or string to mark a foul line
- A one-minute timer
How to Play
After creating the hoop itself, it's pretty easy to set up Hut, Hut, Hike for players to use. Place the hoop, and then measure for the foul line, which should be 15 feet away from the hoop. Mark the foul line with tape, chalk, or string. This is the line behind which players must stand while playing the game. Fill the two baskets with rolls of toilet paper and place one on either side of the foul line, one for each player. If only one person is playing, only one basket is required. Determine the number of toilet paper rolls that must go through the hoop in order to win.
Players stand behind the foul line with their backs facing the hoop. When the timer starts, the players bend over and "hike" the rolls of toilet paper from between their legs, aiming to send them through the hoop. If a team (or single player) gets the pre-determined number of rolls through the hoop in one minute or less, they win the game.
The rules for this game are quite simple. Here's what you need to know:
- Only one roll of toilet paper may be thrown at a time.
- Players must remain behind the foul line at all times. Step over the foul line and the game is over.
Tips and Tricks
If you're playing as part of team, the most important thing to remember is not to throw a roll of toilet paper at the same time as your partner. You'll end up knocking each other's rolls out of the way, and you'll likely both miss the hoop entirely. Better to exercise just a little bit of patience and take turns.
The blueprint with video instructions for this game can be found at NBC.com.