18 June 2013

Just a Minute to Win It!



My kids had an extra month of school with the move from our old house.  They began 2 weeks before most schools, and then we moved mid school year, so they had the extra 2 weeks on the end.  Surprisingly, they took it pretty well, and most were sad to leave their teachers they had grown so close to.  But summer is finally here for us!  Our first official day school-free came at the perfect time, as it turns out.  We got to fill it with a few rounds from "Minute to Win It"!  


I hadn't heard of "Minute to Win It" until I caught a sneak peek on the Game Show Network (GSN).  These are alll new episodes hosted by Apolo Anton Ohno, yes, the famous American speed skater with the well-known goatee, and will premiere on June 25 at 8/7c only on GSN. The object of the game is for a couple to advance through each level by accomplishing a specific task within a minute in order to win a certain amount of money.


I had a list of the challenges and chose several from the first level, since my kids are young.  We also learned that we needed to be very lenient on the youngest ones in order for them to have fun, and even change the challenge a bit for them to be able to feel successful.  The first one was "This Blows," which is played by placing several cups on a raised surface and using an inflated balloon to knock them off.


Everyone had a turn and then Aunt Ashley (my oldest sister who was visiting, and who is always up for a challenge!) asked if she could have a turn.  She showed. Them. How. It. Was. Done. Too bad she wasn't playing for money.


Our next challenge was "Wet Ball" and a bit of a flop because we did it outside and the wind started to kick up, but they were supposed to get a balloon in a bucket using a spray bottle of water.  I think we'll try this one a gain with an actual ball and the hose so the wind doesn't blow it everywhere.


I loved watching the next one, "Face the Cookie".  I had everyone pair up with a partner and placed a cookie between their foreheads.  They had to work the cookie down to their mouths and each take a bite, and there was a whole lot of giggling along the way!


They all did it, though!


Their favorite was probably "Jingle in the Trunk": a tissue box belted on and filled with bells and beads that they needed to shake out.  I let them decide if they wanted the box in the front or the back.  Or on the side, in Olive's case, who always wants something else.


They could all do this challenge under a minute, and got in a little dance exercise while they were at it.


After we went through the challenge, we watched an episode of Minute to Win It and the oldest three were glued and watched to the very end.  That Apolo.  Such a charmer (maybe that's why they were so enthralled?)


The next day Olive asked "if we were going to play those really fun games again?"  I think we will be whipping these out all summer long.  They would also be fun to play at parties with adults or children.


Catch all new episodes of Minute to Win It with new host Apolo Ohno all summer long on GSN.  I know this will be one my girls will want to watch.





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173 comments:

  1. As we area young family we would probably be most successful with the balloon and squirt bottle. Dancing is also a favorite around here so the jungle box challenge might be fun even if its not successful.

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  2. I think my girls would love the tissue box-dancing one ;) Will have to give these a try!

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  3. Do they still do the cup stacking one? I liked that!

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  4. We've had fun with these games at New Year's Parties the kids have had. Love! :)

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  5. The jiggle the bells out/dance one....that looks like fun!

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  6. My kids would laugh silly at all three, but I think they would enjoy the "this blows" game the best. Mostly due to their infatuation with balloons and solo cups. We are constantly playing with balloons and building with solo cups at our house.

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  7. I can see us all looking silly shaking out the bells.

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  8. If I remember right, there's one where you pull out tissues from a tissue box super fast. My one year old could do that one like a pro! :)

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  9. Jingle in the trunk would go over well with my dancing girl.

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  10. The tissue box one is probably our favorite.

    gtbernstein (at) comcast (d0t) net

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  11. my kids would enjoy "this blows" ... but I'd be stuck blowing up the balloon and getting lightheaded every time! LOL

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  12. My kids would like Jingle in the Trunk.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/347147984494010370

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  14. Hi Katy,

    Love your blog and your pictures and your new house- can't wait to see more. I think we'll have to try playing some of these Minute to Win It activities for FHE.

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  15. The tissue box

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  16. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/347165755198038016

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  17. Probably the cookie one...we have a house full of cookie monsters here! (Or maybe it's just me that's the cookie monster..hmm..)

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  18. That cookie one would be hilarious but I know my boys would like the bell box game the best too. haha...cute stuff!

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  19. AHH! This looks so fun! I've been meaning to get some games together for my family. My 7 year old would especially love the tissue box idea!

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  20. We did this at our women's bible study kick off and I had to balance three golf balls on top of one another! I cried impossible, but my friend totally did it! Insane. I was a little *too* good at the beer pong one though...may have had a year or four of training for that one. Never thought of getting my kids in on the action, thanks for the idea!
    -A

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  21. Brilliant! I am afraid of balloons (I know), but my kids would love all of these games!
    The tissue box one is hilarious, and I think the cookie one would go over quite well.
    ~Michelle

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  22. My kiddos would like the Jingle in the trunk game the most!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  23. Tweet!
    https://twitter.com/KaizenFashion/status/347211198393110530

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  24. we used to play this with our youth group at church, they loved the candy elevator game :)

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  25. Such great games for the kids (even the big ones too), my son is 3 and would love the tissue box/bells game. Thanks for the ideas!

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  26. They all look like fun but I like the idea for the second one a lot. Might have to try some of these with the girl I mentor.
    -Laura
    laura(dot)kathryn(at)comcast(dot)net

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  27. my daughter would definitely love the jingle in the trunk game!

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  28. My favorite one is where you put the cookie on your face and work it down with you face muscles to your mouth. It is HILARIOUS! Harder for the kids, but so much fun, especially for observers!

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  29. My family would absolutely love the cookie game.

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  30. When my son was the "new kid on campus", we invited the entire 2nd grade class (26 kids) to his birthday party. We used this theme for the party, and it was a huge hit!! The favorite challenges were 'Elephant Walk' and 'Bobble Head'. It was a great way to include a lot of kids, keep the party outdoors, and not overspend. I also planned ahead for this and bought red, white, and blue party goods when 4th of July items became clearance items. We also had tons of fun testing the challenges as we chose which ones to use!

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  31. We had a MINUTE TO WIN IT party at my local Woman's Club last year and everyone had a blast. The Jingle in the Trunk was by far the favorite and that is the one I would do with my family. Sure to get lots of giggles!!!!

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  32. Face the Cookie would be a favorite at our house full of cookie-loving little boys!

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  33. I think the Jingle in the Trunk would be hilarious to watch (and play!).

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  34. THe tissue box game looks like so much fun! I think we'd all be laughing our faces off :)
    ~Natalie

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  35. Tissue box jiggle would be a hit at our house! Such fun simple game to prepare and play!

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  36. My kiddos would definitely want to try the cookie one!
    Karenmwebster@gmail.com

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  37. I think the cookie one sounds like fun for a couple's date night! rebolsen at gmail dot com

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  38. there's one where you have to keep a feather in the air by blowing it- that is fun!
    karenssewing@gmail.com

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  39. Our family likes "Hut Hut Hike" and "Tortilla Flip."

    All of our extended family gets together one week of the year and we spend an afternoon playing these games.

    We break into two games and have the best time.

    Old and young playing and laughing together.

    Here's a post I wrote about our Minute to Win It fun:
    http://www.bigdandme.com/2013/05/minute-to-win-it-night/

    Jennifer

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  40. We would enjoy Junk in the Trunk game.

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  41. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/349373388537602052

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  42. For sure, Jingle in the Trunk would be a hit with us.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  43. tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/349566748304998401
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Junk in the trunk looks like a lot of fun!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  45. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/349588932943556608

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  46. FAce the Cookie sounds like fun! Thanks for a chance to win, too! kmassman gmail

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  47. We love game night around here- this would be so much fun! My daughter would like Face the Cookie. :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  48. I think Junk in the Trunk would be fun!

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  49. i think we'd like the tissue box game

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  50. https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/349988660516622336

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  51. I'm pretty sure my kids would adore the one where you roll the marbles across a table and try to get them to stick to tape at the other end. Super fun!

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  52. I would love to play "Face the Cookie"...mostly because I want to eat the cookie. My daughter would enjoy "Jingle in the Trunk." Thanks for sharing such great games!

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  53. I like the Face the Cookie and the Eraser bounce games. My kids would love these.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  54. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/350391649249132544
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  55. We would like to play Rapid Fire.
    austma7@aol.com

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  56. I'd like to give the Wet Ball game a try on a hot summer day.

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  57. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/350645178966618112

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  58. Jingle in the trunk looks fun!! ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  59. My kids would love the Face the Cookie game, they would have a great time.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  60. tweet
    https://twitter.com/kellysaver/status/350701558956163072

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  61. Looks like a lot of fun!

    hillesha(at)twc(dot)com

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  62. Ready spaghetti :) Definitely.

    these pics are great!

    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  63. twitted this today, 28/06
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  64. Love the show and play all the time in this house. hanky panky is our fave game!
    (except now I have Ziploc bags full of tissues)
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  65. I think w have a lot of fun playing the Stack Attack cup stacking game :)

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  66. Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/350957915013787648

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  67. I think my boys would love the stacking cups game.

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  68. twitted this today, 29/06
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  69. wed have fun with junk in the trunk! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  70. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/351184000917835776 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  71. fresh fruit, twitted this today, 30/06
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  72. I think Face the Cookie especially if you lose you can eat the cookie

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  73. we would enjoy playing jingle in the trunk
    stigay at comcast.net

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  74. we like Sportcraft
    navygravy@hotmail.com

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  75. https://twitter.com/Merle0304/status/351777215534477313
    navygravy@hotmail.com

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  76. The tissue box

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  77. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/351787103807479810 .

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  78. twitted this today, 01/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  79. I'd love to do the ready spaghetti!

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  80. my kids would like Face the Cookie if they got to eat it afterwards pry.school.1@gmail.com

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  81. https://twitter.com/holly_gardens/status/352433297961398272 pry.school.1@gmail.com

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  82. twitted this today, 03/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  83. We would love to play "this blows." Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  84. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/352724125061611520

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  85. We'd all love Face the Cookie - thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  86. Tweet @JalapenoMama
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/352933756002238465

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  87. twitted this today, 04/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  88. twitted this today, 05/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  89. Jingle in the Trunk looks fun, plus you get some exercise too.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  90. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/353329926209937410

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  91. twitted this today, 06/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  92. Face the Cookie
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  93. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/353700194216460288
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  94. We'd have fun playing the Iron Board Man!
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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  95. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/353863869682286593
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

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  96. i would love stacking cups


    joseph gersch jtwark@mail.com

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  97. twitted this today, 07/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  98. I want to try the Bobblehead and Chocolate Unicorn games.

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  99. twitted this today, 08/07
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  100. I think my family would like the noodling around game.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  101. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/354413300617986049
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  102. we'd like face the cookie
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

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  103. All the games are so much fun and this is my favorite show to watch. My family would definitely love the Jingle in the Trunk game as they both love to jump. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  104. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/354866377888235520

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  105. Chocolate Unicorn would be fun to play with my grandkids-and delicious!
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  106. I think my family would have a blast with Face the Cookie. That looks like a priceless experience. We'll have to give it a try.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  107. I'd like to play Stack Attack.

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  108. I would like to try the Mad Dog game
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  109. we would like stack attack

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  110. i tweeted here: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/356270753760550912

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  111. We would enjoy playing Rapid Fire.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  112. Any game involving a cookie would work at my house. :)

    jvmwordsmith@gmail.com

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  113. Tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/Jayne_Martin/status/356450598104727554

    jvmwordsmith@gmail.com

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  114. My sons choose the Stack Attack
    Diane baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  115. This Blows looks hilarious! Think I'd need to clear out my living room of all the fragiles first before trying though!

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  116. I think hubby kids and I would have a blast with kingle in the trunk too cute

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  117. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/356945988621045761

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  118. Stack attack would be hilarious :)
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  119. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/356949002874400768
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. i tweeted
    https://twitter.com/kolpin4680/status/356960187799699456

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  121. Chop Stacks looks fun
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/356994412611506176
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  123. A game that looks to be fun is the Mad Dog game.

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  124. I would like to try the Mad Dog game with my family!
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  125. I think my family would enjoy playing Noodling Around the most. It looks fun and silly and easy enough my younger boys could still enjoy it :)

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  126. My family would love stack attack!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  127. We would love to try this blows!!

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  128. My family would absolutely love the cookie game.

    FunkyColdMadena@hotmail.com

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  129. https://twitter.com/Hotsnotty2/status/357270202691502080

    FunkyColdMadena@hotmail.com

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  130. My boys would love the Rapid Fire game!!

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  131. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/357273558117916672

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  132. Stack attack because they know I'll be the hands down (chap stick) loser!!!!

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  133. https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/357311851358457856

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  134. https://twitter.com/wallindeb/status/357342647179943936

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  135. My family is addicted to Wrap It Up :)

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  136. Mad Dog looks like fun for my boys and my speed is Noodling Around.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  137. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/357395026805919746

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  138. Jingle in the trunk looks like a riot :) Love your pics!

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  139. my family would love Face the Cookie it looks cool

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  140. https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/357490734259122178

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  141. OMG I am such a balloon deflater! I love doing that! So this game, "This Blows," would be perfect for me! LOL
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  142. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/357512227969961984
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  143. I haven't ever played before, but I think we would have a blast playing What a Racquet.


    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  144. I think my children would love playing Mad Dog!
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  145. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/357540544362192897
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  146. We would enjoy playing Face the Cookie.

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  147. We've had a minute to win it game before at work...was a blast.
    Noodling Around is fun.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  148. Id love to play the bottoms up game

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  149. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/357607960219889664


    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  150. we would like Face the Cookie.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  151. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/357609011517997057

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  152. Face the Cookie! Yes! A challenge AND a cookie! Can't go wrong. :-)

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  153. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/ilovetoclap/status/357609761266614272

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  154. STack attack looks like a lot of fun! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  155. tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/lieutcrunch17/status/357612837910220800

    lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  156. I think Jingle in the Trunk would be lots of fun to play.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  157. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/357629317511004161

    slehan at juno dot com

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  158. I'd like to try Speed Eraser - fit for the entire family and lots of fun.

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

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  159. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/FernGlade/status/357641690502270978

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

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  160. Jingle in the Trunk looks fun and active!
    abuninoven athotmaildot com

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  161. tweet
    https://twitter.com/abrightbabe/status/357647037996605440
    abuninoven athotmaildot com

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  162. The tissue box looks the best

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  163. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/357649035194142720

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  164. My girls would enjoy Stick it Out. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  165. https://twitter.com/shopwithmemama/status/357683500842876928

    daxkimd at gmail dot com

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  166. Jingle in the Trunk looks fun! :)

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