Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Million Minute Family Challenge 2012

We participated in the Million Minute Family Challenge in 2012. It was our first year participating in it. Since we've never really payed any attention to how much time we spend playing games, we decided to set a goal that we figured we could reach. Our goal was 1,000 minutes. We ended with over 3,300 minutes logged. We definitely intend to participate again this year. We do family games on a pretty regular basis around here, so it wasn't too difficult to surpass our goal. Of course, this challenge only counts board, card, and dice games, not electronic games. We don't do video games, but we do play DVD games, like Scene It, Are You Smarter Then a 5th Grader?, and Game Wave games. None of those counted toward our total. So, that suggests we play games together for more than 1,000 minutes a month on average. Now, I know that some of you are thinking that we played more during those months, due to the challenge. It is possible that the challenge encouraged us to play a bit more, but not by much. We really do play games together quite a lot. We're planning to aim for a higher number next year. Also, the kids have asked that all games count this year. I didn't count games for school or games that only 2 of us played. So, next time, all non-electronic games, that 2 or more of us play, will count toward our total. In order to come up with a reasonable goal for next time, I'm thinking of tracking our family game time for a few months to get an average of how many minutes we play per month. That way, we can set a goal that won't end up so far below our ending total.