Not sure if you all know this, but over here at the old blog, we Dose Girls are a *wee* bit competitive. Not with each other in mean girl kind of way (obvi), but you know, we like to win! Let’s just say that the local YMCA strongly suggested we no longer bring board games to play while our daughters are in dance class. Apparently some parents complained it was disturbing the “positive energy of the institution” and “scaring” them. Whatever. Who among us hasn’t yelled out “EAGLES CAN TOTALLY BE BLACK!” during a game of Scattergories?! [I still can’t believe I let you have a point for that. I got hosed.–Ashley] [No way! That is totally a legit avian!–Lisa]
We *might* have passed this trait down to our children. They definitely play games with rousing enthusiasm and zeal for bringing home the win! So when we heard that the Game Show Network (GSN) was airing all new episodes of Minute to Win It we were ecstatic!
All new episodes of Minute to Win It hosted by Apolo Ohno premieres June 25 at 8/7c only on GSN. The entire premise of the show is that contestants play games using everyday household items. The games increase in difficulty (and prize money) as you go. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it’s a bit harder than you might think! As the name suggests, you only have ONE minute to complete each task so EVERY.SECOND.COUNTS!
Because The Dose children are always looking for a chance to hang out together, this was the perfect opportunity for them to team up, have a blast, and win prizes!
We had plenty of supplies to choose from in our homes, and we were given a huge list of potential challenges for the kids to try. After a phone call very important blog meeting, we settled on five games:
- Chocolate Unicorn–This requires a team member to stack 5 snack cakes on their forehead using only one hand.
- Hanky Panky–This requires a team member to empty an entire box of Kleenex with only one hand.
- Noodling Around–Using a piece of uncooked spaghetti in their mouth, a team member must pick up 6 pieces of uncooked penne pasta without using their hands.
- Nose Dive–A team member must transfer 6 cotton balls from one bowl to another using only their nose and Vaseline.
- Face the Cookie–Using only their face, both team members must move a cookie from their forehead to inside their mouth.
We assembled everything and got ready for the games to begin!
In order to make this as fair as possible, we used a super-secret math formula to assemble our teams. We have even submitted it to Mathematics Weekly for publication. We took the ages of all of the children, graphed them on a scatter plot, determined the exponential equation of the line thereof, then using the square root of pi and the cosine of an isosceles triangle, we divided by the second order derivative of the mean function of the …Okay. We’ll come clean. We just made sure the siblings were separated. We’re no fools.
Because the children knew they were playing for valuable prizes like staying up for an extra 15 minutes or choosing what their family ate for dinner one night, they were taking this seriously. Given that they were not paired with their sibling, the potential for “beating” another member of their family was increased, thus raising the stakes!
With Ashley acting as camera operator and Lisa playing the part of the seasoned announcer, we were ready to play Minute to Win It!
We had so much fun with these challenges, we’ve vowed to try others throughout the summer…and next time we are totally going to make the dads play, too!
The kids have already made sure we’ll all be watching Minute to Win It when it premieres on GSN. Catch all new episodes of Minute to Win It with new host Apolo Ohno all summer long on GSN. You will want to definitely set your DVRs, as this the perfect family, summer show!
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