Friends, you know I love my Seahawks. And you better believe I am beyond excited that we’re playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday. But you know what I’m not excited for? The commercials. Or the half time
debauchery show. The quality of these non-football components has steadily declined in my memory of the big game and I’d just rather not have a part in it (check out my friend Kristen’s post for more). I don’t want to fill my kid’s mind (or mine!) with that garbage and it disgusts me that the only way our society seems to pay attention to anything anymore is by doing things so over the top it’s disgusting. But one other reason I’m sad is that we miss the good ones because we’re trying so hard to avoid the bad ones. Case in point: this one about farmers from Dodge a few years ago.
That said, let me set the stage for you: during football’s regular season, we host SNFC at our house every Sunday night to watch the primetime game on NBC (SNFC = Sunday Night Football Club). Between the 4 families, there are [currently ;) ] 4 kids 5 and under. During commercials, we’d either turn the TV off altogether or find ways to avert their eyes so they didn’t see ads for shoot-em-up movies, sex-laced tv shows, or ads selling products by showing skin. We’d read books, play with toys, etc.
Seeing as we’re getting together again for the Super Bowl, I thought it would be fun to have some activities for them to do that went along with the game. Hence this post. Without further adieu, I bring you…
4 Fun Family Activities To Do
During Super Bowl Commercials
These are easy, customizable, and give everyone a chance to participate (even the “big kids” aka adults). Some are longer than others and you’ll have to decide what works best for the crowd you’re with. However you do it, the key is to have fun during snippets of time when you’d rather keep attention away from the TV since a lot of us will still want to watch the game itself. Logistical sidenote: you’ll probably want to assign someone the job of [un]muting/turning down the TV and someone else the job of peeking back for when the commercial break is over.
Remember “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”? How about some fun wall football? The following is adapted from Family Fun Magazine.
- few sheets of plain white paper (for goal posts)
- one or two pieces of brown paper (for footballs)
- some scissors (for cutting out footballs from the brown paper)
- a small roll of clear Contact paper
- a few pieces of painter’s tape
- a bandana (for a blindfold)
Cut off 2 pieces of Contact paper 3 feet wide. Tape these onto on the wall sticky side out with the painter’s tape (so you don’t ruin your walls!). Most Contact paper rolls are 18″ wide so you’ll end up with a square (2 3-foot sections of 18″ stacked on one another = 36″ high x 36″ wide). Cut the white paper into strips 2″ wide (you can get 4 out 1 piece of paper) and stick them on the Contact paper to make a goal post. Leave room on the sides/top/bottom so there is room for error when putting up the footballs. Cut out footballs from the brown paper (or let the kiddos do it themselves). Take turns wearing the blind fold and trying to score by placing the football inside the uprights.
Race to the End Zone
Kids – and adults – get up and moving for this action game. Print off one of these football fields (source) and have each competitor list their name in one end zone like the one below. You’ll also need 2 cups, one for the challenges and one for the yardage gained (or lost!).
Then print off this page, cut them apart, and put them in separate cups (one for activities and one for yardages). When someone wants to move down the field, they draw a challenge out of the activities cup and complete it, doubling the amount for anyone who has a driver’s license (i.e. if it says 10 pushups, adults do 20). Then put the challenge slip back in the cup. After the complete the challenge, they get to draw a slip of paper out of the second cup (yardages) to find out how many yards they gained or lost. Keep track of yardage on the field with arrows. First person who makes it to the end zone wins!
P.S. The winner forfeits their touchdown if another player challenges them to, and wins, an end zone dance-off. In case you were wondering, a 4 year old doing the sprinkler is pretty must a hands down winner…
Coloring Pages & Activities Printables
While there are TONS of things out there to color, here are a few that are themed just for this year’s Super Bowl:
- This is a set of football printables for kids ages 2-7 from 3 Dinosaurs.
- How about a coloring page for each team? Here’s the Seahawks logo and here’s one for the Broncos (source and source)
- Last but not least, here is a coloring page featuring both teams, the name of the stadium and date of the game, and a scoreboard to color in the final score (or predicted score?) – could be a fun way to lay out predictions ahead of time! (source)
Sugar Packet Football
Anybody else remember playing this in high school when you were out with your friends at Red Robin after youth group? Okay, maybe that was just me. Anyways, we’d play “football” with sugar packets while waiting for our milkshakes. To play this, grab a few sugar packets next time you’re at a restaurant/gas station/coffee shop/etc before the big game. I asked some of my basketball players to do a demo for you (the instructions are included below the video):
Sit across from someone at a wood (or non-table-cloth-ed) table and take turns sliding the sugar packet (or, in the case of the video, a salt/pepper packet from McD’s) across the table, trying to get it to hang off the edge without falling off. Each person gets 4 successive tries (just like a football team 4 downs to move 10 yards on the field) to get it to the other edge. You’ll know you made it if the person across from you lifts their finger up along the edge of the table and the sugar packet flips up.
Then you get to go for the extra point! Have your opponent set up their fingers like uprights (we always made L’s with our fingers and then connected them) and try to flick the sugar packet through.
Friends, I hope this gives you a few ways to enjoy the entire day instead of just the great football. I’d also love to hear other ways you engage everyone in a positive way at your Super Bowl party!
Linked up at A Mama’s Story Mama Moment Mondays (even though I posted this on a Wednesday!)