The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and if kids are part of the mixed crowd at your planned party, you’ll want to pay close attention. Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, is sharing her tips for throwing a kid-friendly Super Bowl party. Her ideas for crafts, activities and party food will ensure a winning party atmosphere for both young and old.
While some children already have well-developed interests in sports, most of the younger guests at a Super Bowl party will be pretty lax spectators! While nothing is inherently wrong with this, it could mean adults who want to focus on the game may instead be forced to play crowd control with youngsters. To avoid this, be sure to have plenty of crafts, games and activities on hand that are kid-centric. Here are just a few game and activity ideas:
- Tabletop football game for kids to play.
- Football piñata (do with adult supervision during a T.V. timeout or halftime).
- Bingo game using candy markers (have an older child run the game).
- Print football themed activity placemats with word searches, crossword puzzles, mazes and coloring sections.
- Have materials for kids to decorate their own foam helmets or footballs.
- Weather permitting, have a flag football game in the backyard.
- Print out football themed coloring pages and have crayons for coloring.
- Have children group together to make up cheers for their favorite team.
- Let the kids organize half time entertainment and perform. This could be a song, dance, skit, etc.
- Set out simple board games like checkers for the kids to play.
- Arrange a necklace making station with beads or noodles in team colors and coordinating string.
- Have blank pennant flags on hand so children can design their own flags for waving and cheering.
In addition to planning activities that are child-friendly, include menu options just for them. Consider arranging a concession stand with kid favorites. Remember to think mini! Mini burgers/sliders, mini corn dogs, small boxes of popcorn, bags of cotton candy and other standard concession themed items will make for exciting game time chatter. Don’t forget the treats! Mini cupcakes, brownie bites and child sized boxes of candy will definitely brighten spirits as the game goes along. If additional snacks are needed, small cups filled with goldfish crackers or trail mix may help to keep them occupied. Individual cups of fruits and vegetables with dip in the bottom are healthy options.
Be sure to plan for plenty of drinks! Children tend to graze and go through a lot of cups. Grab a Sharpie and draw a symbol or write a name on each child’s disposable cup to cut down on waste. Squeeze top water bottles or juice boxes are easy options that kids also enjoy. Put the drinks in an area that is easily accessible so they can reach for their own as needed.
Now that you’ve planned a kid-friendly Super Bowl party, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and root for your favorite team!
Are you throwing a party for the big game?
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