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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