Minute to Win It Wet Ball Game

Once you start playing Wet Ball you'll be surprised to find out how much fun and yes, addictive, this Minute to Win It game can be. It's best for outdoor play during a summer Minute to Win It party, but with a few tarps you can also set it up inside if you don't mind the possibility of a little water hitting your walls and furnishings.

The Goal

Using a spray bottle filled with water, move an ordinary balloon about 12 feet away and into an awaiting garbage can.

Equipment Needed

Chances are that you already have all you need to play this game at home, but just in case, here's your shopping list for Wet Ball:

  • Three balloons per player, standard size (not too big, but not the tiny ones intended as water balloons either)
  • A bucket or other container to hold the balloons
  • A garbage can, one of the large outdoor ones
  • A spray bottle that actually has a bit of power to it rather than just a mist
  • A tape measure
  • Duct tape, chalk, masking tape, or other method to mark a foul line
  • A one-minute timer or stop watch
  • Optional: Tarps and towels to keep things (and people) dry, especially if you're playing indoors.

Setting Up the Game

Blow up the balloons and put them in their container. Create a foul line with the tape or chalk near where you placed the container of balloons. Using the tape measure, measure 12 feet out from the foul line and place the empty garbage can there.

Fill the spray bottle with water and place it near the balloons.

How to Play

To start off with, the player stands behind the foul line and holds the spray bottle in one hand. When the one-minute timer begins, he or she may reach into the container and take out one of the balloons, throw it into the air, and begin using the spray bottle to move it through the air and towards the garbage can.

Continue in this manner until the balloon reaches the can and lands inside it.

To win the game, successfully maneuver one of the balloons from the foul line and into the garbage can using only the water from the spray bottle, before the timer runs out.

The Rules

With some of the games from Minute to Win It, the rules are more like suggestions. This isn't one of those games. Here are the rules:

  • After launching a balloon into the air behind the foul line, you may not touch it with your body, the spray bottle, or anything other than water.
  • If a balloon touches the ground it's out of play.
  • If you have time to keep trying after using your third balloon, grab one of those that is out of play and carry it back to the foul line to try again.

Tips and Tricks

Though it might seem counter-intuitive, try to spray the bottle as little as possible. The more water clinging to the surface of the balloon, the heavier and more difficult to move it will become. Instead, spray calmly, steadily, and only when necessary to keep the balloon moving in a steady manner without weighing it down too much.

The blueprint with video instructions for this game can be found at NBC.com.