Before I had kids I watched the Super Bowl every year. I only got off the couch to get more food or a drink. I watched the whole game (shocking) and all the commercials. Then I had kids. Children don't seem to get all the fun in sitting on the couch for hours and hours to watch a football game, no matter how many times you explain the importance of the game. This year I'm going in with a plan! Super Bowl games! (This should at least free up the couch enough for my husband to watch the game and I'll still have access to all the snacks!) Here's the game plan:
- Football Rice Krispy Treats. I've found Rice Krispy Treats a simple, fun and easy cooking activity for the kids with delicious results. I even found this super football recipe on the Rice Krispy website.
- Make your own noisemakers. This one I'm stealing straight from my kids preschool. Start with any sort of recyclable bottles (small water bottles are great). Fill them a bit with beans or beads and seal them. You may want to tape them shut. Then the kids can decorate them with paper, markers and stickers in your team colors and let them cheer on their favorite team.
- Football drills. My kids are very active, so they'll love setting up an obstacle course to pretend that they are getting ready to play football. We set up hoola hoops for them to jump over and take turns doing push ups and jumping jacks. (Have a camera ready - there is nothing cuter than a small child, or even a big child, trying to do push ups.)
Between the snacks, the football drills and the crafts, and possibly even watching the game for a few mintues, my kids should have a blast during the Super Bowl. We might even have some friends over and have a Super Bowl party. The kid’s party games should be a hit even if I don't get to watch much football.