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6/19/2013

Minute To Win It Fun For The Whole Family [GSN]


I was super excited to hear that the Game Show Network (GSN) is bringing Minute to Win It back to TV!  The new season even comes with all new episodes and a new host, Apolo Anton Ohno.  Minute to Win It is such a fun show for the whole family to watch together and the 60 second challenges in each episode make great family night activities and fun games for just about any party too.

I recently watched a sneak peak episode with my kids and then we replicated some of our favorite challenges for a little summertime family fun.  A quick hunt around the house turned up all of the supplies we needed for the four challenges we played, but we also found plenty of supplies for more games whenever we need an easy boredom buster!  Below is a description of the four challenges that we tried and a fun little video that shows you highlights from each one.  And remember, you only have a minute to win each challenge!

Face the Cookie -  try to get a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without the use of your hands


Chocolate Unicorn - try to stack 7 snack cakes on your forehead, like a unicorn horn

Hoop De Loop - using backspin, try to roll three hula hoops and get them to land on 2 liter bottles of soda (we substituted water bottles in this one!)


Movin' On Up - the player is given a stack of 39 blue cups with a single red cup at the bottom and has to move the red cup up the stack by continuously moving one cup from the bottom to the top (sounds easy enough, but is hard to pull off in 60 seconds!)

Here is what you could call our highlight reel and you can finish it in under a minute!  49 seconds to be exact!

The best thing about Minute to Win It challenges is that they are easy to modify for almost any age.  My 5 year old daughter played right along with her older brother and sister, age 9 and 12.  Some games didn't need to be modified.  She easily got the hula hoops to land around the bottles, but others, like the chocolate unicorn, were made a little easier for her by decreasing the number of cakes she needed to stack to win.  This way, everyone can play together and everyone has fun.


Now when the kids watch the show with me, I know they will be looking for new games we can play together.  We may even get some neighbor kids in on the action before summer is through.

Once summer is over, these games will be making an appearance at class parties too.  Last winter we played a version of Nose Dive at my daughters winter party.  In Nose Dive, you move cotton balls from one bowl to another using only your nose, with a little help from some Vaseline.  We called it shoveling snow and the kids moved snow balls (aka cotton balls) from their table and tried to get them onto the neighboring teams table.  In the 7 years I have planned classroom parties, that was one of the funnest games we have ever played!

So whether you are looking for a fun game show to watch as a family, want some ideas for a fun family activity, or are looking for some games to play at your next party, check out the new episodes of Minute to Win It that premiere Tuesday June 25th at 8/7c on GSN.  For more information on the new season and the new host, visit M2WI on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you ever played a Minute to Win It challenge?  I would love to hear about it in the comments if you have!  If you haven't, let me know which Minute to Win It Challenge you think your family would love to play.  Your comment will enter you to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.  It could be the prize at your next Minute to Win It Challenge party!

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155 comments:

Sandy said...

I love setting up Minute to Win It challenges for our family. Last Thanksgiving we did several games, the funnest one was the tissue box with ping pong balls in it! I visited my great-nephews recently (they are 5 and 10) and we did the one where you had to stack soda cans on a plate in a bowl of water, and a deck of cards on a bottle (blow the stack of cards leaving the Jack). They had lots of fun and we got them prizes from the dollar store!

marvelousmissm said...

We played some great Minute to Win It games for my daughter's birthday party. They were great fun!!

6502Programmer said...

I haven't, but it looks like fun!

Mami2jcn said...

We would like to play the Junk in the Trunk game.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/347416132577271809

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Sarah Tackett said...

Those games sound like so much fun! I would love to try them. sarahsaturdiy at gmail dot com

Elena said...

I haven't played yet, but would like to play Junk in the Trunk

elena150980@yahoo.com

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/347436989177528322

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Cam said...

We hosted a valentines minute to win it couples party- it was a blast! Each team had matching shirts and made up team names. My favorite game was putting a baseball in the leg on pantyhose, putting the pantyhose top on your head and trying to hit down 2 ltr bottles of water. Hilarious!
frappy_cc@hotmail.com

Courtney B said...

I've never played but I would love to play rapid fire!

vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Courtney B said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/347733222760800256

vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

Tj and Amy said...

Face the cookie looks fun and we haven't tried them yet. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

tweet. amypugmire@live.com
https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/347919930227822592

ellie said...

We haven't played before, but I think my boys would love the Rapid Fire game!!

ellie said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/348101861129220096

JC said...

I haven't played, would like to try Face the Cookie.

JC said...

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/349371509028036610

Lisa Brown said...

I have never played but would love to try the Face the Cookie game.
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

Lisa Brown said...

https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/349564209706704896
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

One Frugal Girl said...

I've never played before but the face the cookie game looks tough!
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

One Frugal Girl said...

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

Kelly Massman said...

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

chambanachik said...

We love game night around here- this would be so much fun! My daughter would like the chocolate unicorn game.

chambanachik at gmail dot com

rachel said...

I think Chocolate Unicorn would be hilarious for all ages.

Karina said...

sounds like i'd be good at stacking cakes on my head

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Karina said...

https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/349986336448593920

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

peg42 said...

We haven't played before but after reading this, we will try it. Looks like so much fun. I like the eraser bounce the best. Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

peg42 said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/350388775995719680
Thanks
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Kia89 said...

We would like to play speed eraser.
austma7@aol.com

littlelatina said...

these look like alot of fun

clc408 said...

The chocolate unicorn looks like it would be hilarious.

clc408 said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/clc408/status/350637481265332225

kellyr78 said...

My kids would enjoy the Chocolate Unicorn game, especially if they got to eat some of the snacks!
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/kellysaver/status/350697054533713920

kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

HilLesha said...

Junk in the Trunk sounds like fun!

HilLesha(at)twc(dot)com

danw78704 said...

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

Stephanie said...

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

mickeyfan said...

This Blows looks like so much fun. I love games that can be played by all ages and with easily available materials

Anastasia Fall said...

We haven't played, but I think Stack Attack looks like something we'd all have fun trying :)

Anastasia Fall said...

Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/350948994932940802

Deb said...

I think my boys would love the stacking cups game.

danw78704 said...

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

Tamar said...

I haven't played any, but I'd really like to do Ready Spaghetti.
tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

StephanieC said...

we'd like to try face the cookie! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

StephanieC said...

https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/351181776493875200 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

bayctygrl said...

I would like to try dangerous curves

hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

danw78704 said...

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

Carolyn Gonzalez said...

I think Face the Cookie

Katie said...

I am visiting my family in Utah, and we are playing tonight! Thanks for the great ideas!

wigget said...

we'd like the stack attack challenge

sarah said...

we haven't played but would like to try chocolate unicorn
stigay at comcast.net

merle said...

we like Sportcraft
navygravy@hotmail.com

merle said...

https://twitter.com/Merle0304/status/351774572091158528
navygravy@hotmail.com

akronugurl said...

i like the stack attack challenge

freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

akronugurl said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/351783466813227008 .

freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

danw78704 said...

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

Stephanie Larison said...

I'd love to do the ready spaghetti!

danw78704 said...

twitted this today, 02/07
http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

Kimberley Meier said...

I've never played before and I'd be terrible because I have no hand eye coordination and I'm extremely clumsy.

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

Kimberley Meier said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/MRSMEIER5627/status/352259899817857024

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

Holly Wert said...

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

Holly Wert said...

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

danw78704 said...

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

LAMusing said...

Face the cookie looks fun - and it involves eating a cookie so it's a win/win.
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing said...

https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/352587440344666112
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

jlafount said...

Movin' On Up looks worth a shot

Barbara Montag said...

We'd love to play Nose Dive - thank you.

Barbara Montag said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/352663210593222656

Gina Wildorchid said...

We have never played! Movin' on up looks like a ton of fun!
Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Gina Wildorchid said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/352720827722117120

wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

danw78704 said...

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

Erica Best said...

the Face the Cookie sound fun and cute

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/353160858521698304

danw78704 said...

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

susan1215 said...

We have never played. Movin on Up looks fun

s2s2 at comcast dot net

susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/353323455443247104

s2s2 at comcast dot net

danw78704 said...

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

smilekisses said...

Hanky Panky
dolniaks at consolidated dot net

smilekisses said...

https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/353695668939915265
dolniaks at consolidated dot net

Wanda McHenry said...

We haven't played any of the games, but Iron Board Man looks like it would be fun!
wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

Wanda McHenry said...

https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/353839325563195393
wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

jen Gersch said...

speed eraser

joseph gersch jtwark@mail.com

Janna Johnson said...

rapid fire for my fam

danw78704 said...

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

danw78704 said...

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

Denise S. said...

Chocolate Unicorn sounds like fun.

danw78704 said...

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

Kerry said...

I think my kids would like the Movin' On Up challenge.
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/354405966118273024
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

jakiesmom said...

we'd like face the cookie

Amy said...

I haven't play any of these games yet but I love this show. I know my family would love to play Face the Cookie and Junk in the Trunk the most. Can't wait to have a family game night playing these Minute to Win It games!

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/354874430096281602

amy [at] utry [dot] it

carmen @ life blessons said...

Stack Attack looks like it could be fun to play when my daughter gets older!

sweetsue said...

We haven't tried these games, but your hoop de loop game looks fun and doable!
smchester at gmail dot com

samdaleo said...

I think my family would love the Movin' on Up game! That looks like a blast!

Thanks!
Samantha
jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

Lisa Pecora said...

I would like to try Rapid Fire.

motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

J- said...

I haven't played any yet but face the cookie looks fun

Kim said...

I haven't done this year, but it sounds like so much fun! I would like to try the Mad Dog game
addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

Rebecca Graham said...

I would like to play chocolate unicorn.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

Jayne Martin said...

A game with cookies! What could be better?

jvmwordsmith@gmail.com

Jayne Martin said...

Tweeted.
https://twitter.com/Jayne_Martin/status/356446379901599744

jvmwordsmith@gmail.com

Diane52 said...

My sons voted for Rapid Fire
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

kolpin said...

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

Sam Dull said...

This last year for my sons school parties on Valentines Day and Halloween, we made a whole bunch of Minute to Win it Games - the kids LOVED them. My boys will be happy the show is coming back!

Thanks!
Sam
The Kitchen is My Dance Floor
Dull2000 at cox dot net

Janice said...

Oh my Face the cookie would be a hilarious game for us to play
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Janice said...

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/356936455496531968
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tina reynolds said...

we have not played but junk in the trunk looks like a lot of fun

tina reynolds said...

https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/356944062638600193

kolpin said...

i tweeted
https://twitter.com/kolpin4680/status/356960809613672450

sparkedcat said...

The game that looks like a lot of fun is the Mad Dog

Linda said...

We have never played but wrap it up games looks like fun!
mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

Betty C said...

My boys love Mad Dog. It's a fun game.

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/357177148781506561

willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

Crystal M said...

I'd like to try playing Hoop de Loop with my family this summer. I've never even thought about playing Minute to Win It games at home- what a fun idea!

one frugal lady said...

My family loves the one where you toss ping pong balls!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

brendaelsner said...

We like playing wrap it up!!

brat52101 at yahoo dot com

Melissa B. said...

Chocolate Unicorn looks like fun, but we've never tried any of the Minute to Win It games.

Hotsnotty2 said...

We would like to play the Junk in the Trunk game.

FunkyColdMadena@hotmail.com

Hotsnotty2 said...

https://twitter.com/Hotsnotty2/status/357267425005273089

FunkyColdMadena@hotmail.com

ky2here said...

Nose Dive looks like it would be hysterical. Haven't played these yet.

ky2here at msn dot com

ky2here said...

https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/357308538625851393

ky2here at msn dot com

kathy pease said...

I had not heard of it but the game a bit dicey sounds fun fun fun!

kathy pease said...

https://twitter.com/klp1965/status/357310407511257088

wallindeb said...

I would like to play the one where you bounce the pencil by the eraser and try to get it in the cup.

wallindeb said...

https://twitter.com/wallindeb/status/357337281603964928

Mihaela Day said...

My family is addicted to Wrap It Up :)

Janice Crespo said...

I think the cups and the cookie on the forehead are going to be favs here - thank all of you for such wonderful ideas!

angie lilly said...

NO we haven't but I think the cup came, Movin' on up, looks fun!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/357501160627773440
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Susan Smoaks said...

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


susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Lisa Garner said...

I think my family would enjoy playing Hoop De Loop.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Lisa Garner said...

I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/357531199977160706
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Chris Alejandro said...

We haven't but would like to try out the Noodlin' around game.

lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

Chris Alejandro said...

tweeted

https://twitter.com/lieutcrunch17/status/357544027282878464

lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

Buddy Garrett said...

I think they would like Stack Attack.

Shop with Me Mama said...

Movin' On Up!

daxkimd at gmail.com

Shop with Me Mama said...

https://twitter.com/shopwithmemama/status/357573034661515264

daxkimd at gmail.com

Erica C. said...

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

Thomas Murphy said...

I want to play Movin' On Up.

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Thomas Murphy said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/357605341145481216

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Id love to play the bottoms up game

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/357605758344507392

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

cassandra mccann said...

we never played an actual minute to win it challenge but we made our own up star95011atyahoodotcom

slehan said...

I think Noodling Around would be lots of fun to play.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan at juno dot com

slehan said...

https://twitter.com/slehan/status/357622674400350209

slehan at juno dot com

wizardewu said...

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

eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

wizardewu said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/FernGlade/status/357633419901018113

eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

Tabathia said...

I would like to try chocolate unicorn

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/357647048629166080

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Howell said...

I'd like to try Stack Attack. It sounds like a challenge and fun too!

hlee99 at gmail dot com

Howell said...

I tweeted this at https://twitter.com/leedhowell/status/357648707308634112

hlee99 at gmail dot com

crystalf said...

I think the Caddy Stack game would be fun to play with my girls. I think they would get a kick out of strying to stack golf balls. Thank you!
crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

Tara said...

Nope, we haven't played but this looks fun!
tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

Whitney said...

Face the cookie looks fun!

Whitney said...

https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/357682703660875777