'Minute to Win It' Drop, Sink, and Clink Game

Drop, Sink, and Clink game from 'Minute to Win It.'
Drop, Sink, and Clink game from 'Minute to Win It.'. Courtesy NBC

To play this Minute to Win It game you'll need a steady hand. It's a lot of fun for players of all ages, Drop coins, sink them into shot glasses at the bottom of fish bowls, and hear them clink!

The Goal

Five shot glasses are resting at the bottom of five fish bowls filled with water. Your goal is to drop a quarter into each one of the shot glasses in 60 seconds. The catch here of course is that the coins won't fall straight down into the waiting shot glasses - instead they'll meander on a twisty course reminiscent of Plinko.

Oh, and did we mention that you need to drop the coin from at least three feet above the gold fish bowl?

Equipment Needed

You probably don't have five fish bowls on hand, but you can find cheap ones at your local dollar store or big-box department store (Walmart, Target, etc.). The rest of this stuff you're very likely to already own. Here's what you'll need in order to play Drop, Sink, and Clink.

  • Five fish bowls
  • Five standard sized, clear glass shot glasses
  • Water
  • Water-resistant adhesive (possibly)
  • Bowl of quarters
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Masking tape or chalk
  • A one-minute timer or stop watch

How to Play

To set up the game, place the shot glasses into the fish bowls and fill almost to the top with water. If the shot glasses are very light you may have to affix them to the bottoms of the bowls with a water-resistant adhesive. Place the five prepared bowls in a row.

Using the ruler or measuring tape, measure up from the floor to a height of at least 36 inches -- you can go higher to make the game more difficult if you'd like to, but putting it above eye-level for the shortest player will make it impossible.

Mark this spot on the wall with masking tape and highlight it with colored chalk so it's easy to see. Put the quarters close to the first bowl/shot glass combo.

To begin game play, start the timer. Grab the bowl of quarters begin trying to drop them into the bowls so they will land in the shot glasses.

Make sure that the hand holding the quarter is level with or higher than the measurement marked on the wall before dropping the coin.

Each shot glass must have at least one quarter inside it at the end of 60 seconds in order to win the game.

The Rules

There are only a couple of rules to be aware of when playing this game:

  • Coins must be dropped from a height of at least 36 inches above the bowl to qualify.
  • You must hold the bowl of coins in one hand, and drop with the other.

Tips and Tricks

When you're practicing this game, keep these things in mind:

  • Dropping the coins from a higher distance will result in the coins hitting the water faster and straighter.
  • Drop the coins so that the edge hits the water, not the flat faces. This will give you less drift.

To make the game easier for younger players, lower the drop height and swap the shot glasses for juice glasses. You can also make this into a holiday game (for Christmas, Easter, or any other occasion) by tying colorful seasonal ribbons around the tops of the fish bowls.