Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #5

For this lunch I made some skewers. My daughter loves eating off of food picks, and the honey goat cheese & strawberry skewers have been one of her favorites for years. Sandwich squares skewered onto food picks is such a fun way to serve a sandwich as well, so I went ahead and did both for this lunch. It'll definitely be a big hit with my daughter!  I also added a drink, and another side. You can view details below and my previous school lunch posts here


For the Sandwich Square Skewers:
1. Grab your sandwich fixings and assemble it! So for me, I get some honey wheat bread, SunButter and Super Fruit Jam. I lightly toast the bread and then assemble the sandwich.
2. Once you've got it all made and ready, use a FunBites sandwich cutter that makes bite sized square pieces, you can get one here.
3. Next grab some food picks and add sandwich squares onto them. I fit three per food pick. And viola you're done and lunch is super fun to eat for your kiddo!

For the Honey Goat Cheese & Strawberry Skewers:
1. Gather up the ingredients, there's just two: honey goat cheese, and strawberries!
2. Cut both the honey goat cheese and the strawberries into small enough pieces. You want them bite-sized, but not too small either.
3. Slide the pieces onto your skewers in an alternating order. I went strawberry, honey goat cheese, strawberry for each one this time.

As you can tell these things both don't take too long to make, and make wonderful school lunch. Fun to eat, cute, tasty and healthy! Perfect! To drink I packed an Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After juice, and a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies. And as usual, I packed a note to make my daughter smile and enhance her reading skills.

Here it is all packed up!

Kindergarten School Lunch #4

For this lunch I made some cute little penguin shaped sandwiches, and packed along a yogurt smoothie and some yummy/healthy sides. Details below, previous lunches here.


For the sandwiches I just took a couple of pieces of bread, lightly toasted them, and spread on the fillings (SunButter, and Super Fruit Jam). You can assemble the sandwich however you would like, with whatever kind of bread and fillings your child enjoys. The final step is what makes it cute, and can be done no matter how you make the sandwich. I used a sandwich cutter that makes the sandwich into two penguins, you can find one here.

For the drink I put in a Trader Joe's Organic Yogurt Strawberry Smoothie. For the sides I put in some raspberries and some Trader Joe's Multigrain Pita Bite Crackers along with a little dip container filled with hummus.


Here's everything all packaged up, along with my little note! I highly encourage adding a note to your child's lunch box to make them smile and to enhance their reading skills. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #3

For this lunch I made a couple of fun shaped sandwiches, paired them with some nutrient packed sides, and an Honest Kid's Organic Appley Ever After juice. For details look below, and for my previous school lunch posts look here.



For the sandwiches:
1. Grab the bread and fillings you would like to use for your kiddos sandwich
2. Lightly toast the slices of bread, that way they'll be a bit easier to work with spreads and cutters (I only do this when I'm using spreads, not when I'm making a sandwich with cheese/meats)
3. Spread on your sandwich fillings/assemble the sandwich
4. Use a sandwich cutter to make the shape you desire, I made a couple of elephants using this one

For the fruit salad:
1. Grab some fruits your kiddo likes. I used strawberries and kiwis, but the options for this are endless, and you can use much more than just two fruits. You could add: grapes, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, etc. Sprinkling some wheat germ on fruit also gives it an added nutritional boost, so feel free to do that if your little one likes it. We ran out and I need to get some more, my daughter has always especially liked it on peaches!
2. Slice/dice them up into appropriate sized pieces
3. Put them all in a container together and mix them up a bit

For the avocado I just cut some of one up that I was eating in the morning and added it in the lunch box. See, I told you I like to keep it simple! Then for the drink as I said I added in a pouch of apple juice, Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After.

A big part of how I make my lunches so cute for my daughter are the products that I use to package them. Containers with smiling animal faces on them, cute food picks, cloth napkins with favorite characters, fun utensils, etc. So I always give a picture of the lunch with the lids off, and the lids on. I also always pack a note in my daughter's lunch box, helping her practice her reading skills in a fun way and giving her a little message to make her day at the same time. Sometimes those aren't pictured because I put them in the top pocket with the ice packs, but don't forget it's a great idea to do!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Before School Breakfast #1 w/ Jelly Toast Squares

As you may already know I post lots of healthy school lunch ideas, which you can view here, but I'm also a big proponent of providing kids with nutritious and delicious breakfasts before they head off to their busy school days. So, I'm going to also be posting some ideas for that as well, in addition to posting school lunches! 

Here's #1: Cheesy scrambled eggs, jelly toast squares, and slices of avocado and banana. 


So, making this was pretty quick and easy, which of course is important for busy parents in the mornings. I just scrambled some eggs with some cheese (made enough for me to have some as well!), and sliced up a banana and an avocado and gave her some of each. For the funnest and yummiest part I decided to make some cute little Jelly Toast Squares. You can make these by toasting a piece of bread, then putting some butter and jelly or jam on it, and using a FunBites sandwich cutter. Pretty simple to put together, yet it packs in so many good nutrients!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kindergarten School Lunch #2



For this lunch I packed:
- sandwich squares on heart food picks. I made a sandwich with SunButter and Marionberry jam, then I used this cutter to produce the little squares and then put three each on cute little heart food picks.
- grapes in a reusable baking liner, I love using these in bento boxes to put fruit or veggies in for added cuteness. You can find some here.
- an organic apple juice
- a container of pretzels & hummus

I also packed a little heart shaped love note and some ice packs to keep the food cold.

Kindergarten School Lunch #1

School is back in session, so I'm back with lots of lunch inspo for ya! I try to make lunches that are fun and will make my little one smile during the day when she opens her lunch box. I also try to keep them healthy, with food to fuel her up for her day. And most importantly for a lot of busy moms out there, I try to keep them relatively simple to put together. Sometimes I'll do something that I prep the night before, but mostly I use a lot of sandwich cutters, and food picks to quickly add cuteness.


For this lunch I packed:
- a sandwich container with a sandwich cut into puzzle pieces. You can make a sandwich like this using this cutter. Of course make the sandwich with whatever your child likes/is allowed at their school. I used Sunbutter, and some Marionberry jam.
- watermelon, cut up into pieces
- an Uncle Matt's organic orange juice
- a simple salad (just lettuce and cheese) in one container, and some dressing (raspberry vinaigrette) for it in separate dip/dressing container. I like using the dip/dressing container with dressings for a couple reasons. For one that way the lettuce isn't just sitting with the dressing on it for hours getting soggy, and for two it gives my little girl some responsibility and fun putting her dressing on.

I also packed a cloth napkin, it's a good touch for in case they need to wipe their little fingers or mouths. It's a bonus if it's in a cute pattern or has a favorite character on it. Also packed a fork, ice packs to keep the food cold, and a little note from me to make her smile. With young kids it's great to give them something they can read or recognize most of the words in, the more practice the better and the message will make them happy!


As you can see I also like to use cute containers!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Penguin Sandwich & Pudding School Lunch

This school lunch, like the others I have posted, is simple to make, sure to bring a smile to your child's face, and also nutritious. 


For this lunch I used a penguin sandwich cutter from Munchkin to create two penguin shaped sandwiches. When I make a sandwich that I'm going to be using spreads on, and/or a cutter I lightly toast the bread as the first step. Having it a little warm makes it easier to put on the spreads, and having it a lightly toasted makes it easier to work with the cutter. Once that's done I just assemble the sandwich as I normally would, putting SunButter on both pieces of bread, and some chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle. After that's all done I use the cutter and viola two adorable penguin sandwiches.

You can't just pack a sandwich though, you've gotta add some tasty and nutritious sides as well. I added some cut up peaches, with a cute zebra food pick stuck in the middle. I also packed a Zen Chocolate Almond Pudding cup, and a Slim Snack with Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies inside, my daughter's favorite addition to her lunch!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mac n Cheese & Sandwich Bites School Lunch

If you follow my school lunch posts, then you probably know how big of a hit sandwich bites, or sandwich squares are with my daughter. I pack them quite often, they are just perfect and bite sized, and I actually feel like kids are more likely to finish a sandwich when it's cut in this way. I use a FunBites cutter to make them.


So, in the thermos there was some Annie's Organic mac and ceese, then I packed the sandwich bites on heart food picks, and some strawberries. For the sandwich bites just pick whatever kind of bread and spreads you like, and assemble the sandwich, use the FunBites cutter and then slide the pieces onto food picks.

Spring School Lunch

I love how bright and sunny this lunch looks! Totally reminds me of Spring with the sun on the raisin box, and the yellow food picks with little chicks on them. Too cute, and sure to brighten up a child's day when they open up their lunch box. 


In the lunch I packed:
- sandwich squares on the cute chick food picks. I make these on Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread, lightly toasted, with some SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread on it
- Earthbound Farm Organic Raisins
- Pears
- Trader Joe's Kettle Corn

All in her Bentology bento box.

Princess School Lunch


To make my daughter feel like a little princess I made her a lunch that had some princess aspects. A cute princess cloth napkin, and castle shaped sandwiches with little princess flags sticking out from the top. 

Aside from the princess castle sandwiches I packed:
- strawberry and honey goat cheese skewers, you just put pieces of them on to a food pick in an alternating pattern like you're making a kabob
- peaches, with some cute animal food picks stuck in
- a Slim Snack with Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunny Crackers
- a pack of Shopkins fruit snacks

 

Picnic School Lunch

This lunch would make the perfect picnic lunch, it's got everything it needs to be delicious and nutritious! The fun cloth napkins also help to add to the picnic look. 


As you can see in this lunch there was:
- strawberries
- a puzzle sandwich, which I made with Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread that I had lightly toasted, SunButter, chocolate hazelnut spread, and a munchkin puzzle sandwich cutter
- a Babybel cheese
- a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunny Crackers

Jimmy John's School Lunch

One day I packed my daughter a Jimmy John's sandwich in her lunch box, along with a banana that I wrote a message on, and some honey graham crackers. Lunch doesn't always have to be homemade as long as it's still healthy, feel free to pack in some yummy restaurant leftovers. 


I used a food safe marker to write "I <3 U" on the banana. Perfect message for a young kiddo to be able to read, and make them smile.

Pizza & Sandwich Bento

This lunch combines two of my daughters favorites: sandwich squares, and little make your own mini pizzas. 

I used my daughter's Bentology bento box for this lunch, but I took out one of the sections and put a pack of Shopkins fruit snacks there instead for a surprise treat.

Make Your Own Mini Pizzas:
Ingredients:
- Crackers, my daughter likes Ritz crackers for the mini pizzas
- Pepperoni
- Cheese, we use Imo's cheese for this, it's tastier and easier to manage than shredded cheese
- You could also add a small little dip container of pizza sauce if that is something your child would like, my daughter doesn't like sauce for these mini pizzas

I packed the pepperoni and cheese in a little reusable baking cup, and the crackers on the side in one of the bento box sections.

In the other bento box sections I have sandwich squares, and some peaches with little giraffe food picks stuck in them for added cuteness.

Sandwich Squares:
Ingredients:
- Bread, I like to use Sara Lee Honey Wheat and I lightly toast it first to make it easier to work with
- Spreads, I use both SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread
- FunBites cutter  if you don't have one of these you can try and make your own squares using a knife

Friday, March 3, 2017

Owl Sandwich School Lunch

So I'll start off by saying I am not the most artistically talented, but I can still manage to make food fun  and at least slightly resemble what I'm going for, with the help of a few tools! For this lunch I wanted to make an owl sandwich for my little girl. I'll share the details below. I also had strawberries, blueberries, a Babybel cheese, and a bag of Annie's Organic Bernie's Farm Animal Cookies in the lunch box.



Owl Sandwich:

Ingredients:
- bread, I like to use Sara Lee Honey Wheat
- whatever spreads you would like, I used SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread
- a food marker

I like to lightly toast the bread when I'm going to be working with spreads, and it also makes it easier to cut the bread into different shapes. For this owl sandwich I just used a knife to cut out some of the top, to make a head and ears shape for the owl. Once I had the sandwich all assembled and cut, I used a green food marker to draw on eyes and a beak. Simple as that! Making lunch cute and fun doesn't have to be about creating a masterpiece in the lunch box, just about making something that you know will bring happiness to your little one! 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sandwich Bites Lunch

If you've seen my previous school lunch posts you know that I love sandwich bites or sandwich squares, whatever you wanna call them! They are easy to make, and fun for my little girl to eat. Kiddos, especially ones you may have a hard time getting to eat their lunch, are more likely to finish a sandwich this way. They will gobble up these cute little squares! I make the sandwich bites with my FunBites cutter.


Sandwich Bites:
Ingredients:
- Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread, lightly toasted. I always lightly toast the bread when I'm using spreads, or when I'm using a cutter. It just makes the bread easier to work with.
- SunButter (obviously you can use whatever sandwich fillings you would like, these are my daughters favorites and they are allowed at her school, so we use them often for school lunch).
- Chocolate hazelnut spread

Once you've got your bread lightly toasted and your spreads on, just go ahead and use the cutter and you'll have adorable little sandwich bites in no time. If you don't have a FunBites cutter you can use a knife and cut squares of your own.

For this lunch I also packed peaches, a Buddy Fruits apple blueberry pouch, and a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cute Animals School Lunch

I got these super cute new food picks of little animals, so I've been adding them in to my daughter's lunches for added cuteness! While still keeping the lunch simple to make, as well as healthy and fun to eat. 
Aren't they adorable?

So what I did for this lunch was:
- sandwich squares, put onto heart food picks. I made the sandwich squares with Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread, SunButter, and chocolate hazelnut spread. I always lightly toast the bread to make it easier to work with, and then I used a FunBites cutter to make the little square shapes
- blackberries and strawberries, with the cute little above mentioned animal food picks
- a few chocolate animal crackers as a treat
- a Zen Almond Milk Chocolate Pudding
- and a Slim Snack full of Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies





Cupid Smores



 Doesn't that look like a delicious mess? And so much fun for Valentine's Day, or any other time. All you need is some graham crackers, pink and white marshmallows, and Hershey's chocolate bars.


We just stack them up, and then microwave them for about 10 seconds and then gobble them up! These are especially fun to make with the Ever After High Birthday Ball Cupid Doll by your side! Too cute.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day School Lunch

I wanted to pack my little Valentine a Valentine's themed lunch for school today. Here's what I put together, it could work for anytime, but it's perfect for Valentine's Day too!

So in this lunch I packed a sandwich shaped like a heart, a sandwich that said love, some blackberries, and some strawberries as you can see. What you can't see though is that I also packed a Zen Almond Milk Chocolate Pudding, and a bag of Pirate's Booty. I forgot to take a picture of the complete lunch box.

To make this lunch Valentine's themed I used the cutters I had shaped like a heart, and shaped like the word "love" Then I outlined both of the sandwich shapes in a food safe red marker. You can put whatever you would like on your sandwiches, I used SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread because that's my daughters favorite combo. To continue on with the Valentine's theme I got a reusable heart shaped baking cup and filled it with blackberries. For the strawberries I put some cute pink puppy food picks in them (puppy love is perfect for Valentine's Day).

You can make your own Valentine's Day or love themed lunch with other things as well, any red or pink fruits or veggies would work. You can put a note in the lunch box about how much you love your little one, etc.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Write On A Banana Lunch


For this lunch I packed a sandwich, strawberries, a banana, and a bag of Pirate's Booty. For the sandwich I put some SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread on some lightly toasted Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread, then used a FunBites cutter to make little squares that I then stuck on some heart food picks. To make the lunch extra fun and cute I decided to write on my daughter's banana with a food safe marker. I wrote "I <3 U". You could put any message you would like on a banana, and put it in your little ones lunch box to make it special.

Build Your Own Pizzas Lunch

My daughter had a request for this fun lunch after we had gotten some pizza stuff at the grocery store. While I make a pizza she likes to put some of the cheese and pepperoni's on crackers and eat them. She loves creating her own little dishes, so this lunch was fun and perfect for her. 

Build Your Own Pizzas:
Ingredients:
- Ritz crackers
- Imo's cheese
- Pepperoni slices

Just pack them all into the lunch box for your kiddo to assemble themselves, You could also pack a little container of pizza sauce for dipping if that's something your child would enjoy. My daughter did not want any sauce.

I also packed a container of peaches, and a Slim Snack with some Glutino Yogurt Covered Pretzels.

Puzzle Sandwich Lunch

I was so excited about this lunch because using the lunch kit that I did I was actually able to display the puzzle pieces of the sandwich in their completed form, whereas normally I just stack them up. 


See? Super cute! All I did to make it was lightly toast some Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread, then spread some SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread on the pieces. I always lightly toast the bread when I'm working with spreads so they go on easier, it also makes it easier to use a cutter. I used this puzzle cutter from Munchkin. 

With this lunch you can see that I also packed some skewers of strawberries and Montchevre pumpkin goat cheese. I just stuck pieces of both on some heart food picks. I also packed a separate container of mandarin oranges, and a Slim Snack with some Annie's Cheddar Bunnies. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mac N Chz, Sandwich & Fruit Lunch

Today I wanted to pack a hot lunch for my daughter, but I didn't want to just send mac and cheese either, so I thought I'd add some cute little sandwich shapes and fruit as well. 

For fruit I packed some sliced strawberries, ad some blackberries. I put food pick eyes in some of them for added cuteness! I made elephant sandwiches with this cutter. I used SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread, but you can use whatever you would like.  

Packed that up with the mac and cheese and it was complete!

Bento School Lunch


For this school lunch I packed a sandwich, along with some strawberries, raisins, a mini muffin and a BuddyFruits Organic pouch. It was a pretty simple lunch, but I wanted to add a cute touch, so for the sandwich I cut some flowery shapes out and put them in a reusable baking cup, with the rest of the sandwich torn into little bites on the side. The mini muffin recipe is from Super Healthy Kids, they are great and packed with lots of good stuff like flax seeds, and bananas.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mini Muffin School Lunch

For my daughter's lunch today I packed more of the awesome muffins I found the recipe for on Super Healthy Kids. But instead of full sized muffins I packed 4 mini muffins. I also put in some sliced pears. 



You can see I also added in a bag of Pirate's Booty and a Babybel cheese. After I snapped the pic I also put in a Buddy Fruits Organic strawberry and applesauce pouch just in case!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Healthy Muffin School Lunch

For this school lunch I decided to pack some muffins in my daughters lunch box instead of a sandwich. I found a great recipe for healthy Dark Chocolate Chip Whole Wheat Banana Bread Muffins on this website where there's tons of ideas for healthy recipes that kiddos love. 


So other than the muffins I packed:
- some kiwi and strawberries
- RW Garcia 3 Seed Sweet Potato Crackers in a cute little rectangular reusable baking cup, I also packed some Montchevre pumpkin goat cheese to spread on them
- some Glutino yogurt covered pretzels, also in a reusable baking cup for added cuteness


I packed a little penguin knife for my daughter to spread the goat cheese onto the crackers with.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sunshine Sandwiches School Lunch



For this school lunch I used my daughters bento box from Bentology and inside I packed some yummy, healthy and adorable goodies!

First I made a couple of sandwiches with Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread, SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread. I always lightly toast the bread first so it'll be easier to work with. Once I had the sandwiches made I used an "I <3 U" cutter, and a sunshine cutter that came with the Pop Chef set. I was able to make 1 "I <3 U" and 5 sunshine shapes. I used a red food marker to outline the "I <3 U" then I placed them all in a section of the bento box.

In the other sections I put:
- strawberries and kiwi
- a BuddyFruits strawberry apple pouch
- some cheese cubes with an adorable little zebra food pick stuck inside

Easy Cute School Lunch

Here I am with another idea for an easy, adorable, and healthy lunch you can put together rather simply. You can view my previous school lunches here.


In this bento box from Bentology I packed:
- a puzzle sandwich, made using a cutter from this pack. For this sandwich I used Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread, deli chicken, Colby & Jack cheese, and some mustard. You can use whatever you would like.
- cut up strawberries
- some halved grapes, on heart food picks
- a bag of Pirate's Booty

Friday, January 27, 2017

Blueberry Sandwich Kabobs

For this school lunch I wanted to put a twist on the typical sandwich squares on a food pick, I wanted to make it more like a little kabob by adding blueberries. 

So I made the sandwich (SunButter and chocolate hazelnut spread on lightly toasted Sara Lee Honey Wheat bread, but you could use any bread/filling you would like) and then I cut it into squares using a cutter from Fun Bites. Then I put the sandwich squares onto food picks, in a pattern with blueberries. So every food pick had sandwich square, blueberry, sandwich square, blueberry. 

I also put some fresh fruit (cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and strawberries), a Trader Joe's organic banana yogurt, an Annie's Organic Really Peely Fruit Tape, and some Annie's Organic Bernie's Farm Cheddar Crackers. To add some cuteness to the fruit I used a small cutter that resembled a cool looking sun on a few pieces and put those pieces on the top of the rest of the fruit.



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sandwich Squares Bento Box

This bento box was super simple to put together, but it turned out simply adorable! 


See? All I did was make some sandwich squares with my FunBites cutter, and put them on some adorable butterfly food picks. You can make these with any thing you would like on the sandwich, then just simply use the cutter, or if you don't have one just use a knife to cut the sandwich into squares. Then in the other bento box spots I put:
- peaches
- RW Garcia 3 Seed Sweet Potato Crackers in a cute reusable baking cup and some Montchevre pumpkin goat cheese in a dip container, along with a little knife for spreading
- Trader Joe's Pumpkin O's 


There's what I used to put this lunch together! You can view my previous school lunch posts here.

Magical Butterfly Sandwich Lunch

Here's school lunch #14 that I have made, you can view the previous ones here. For this lunch I decided to make my daughter what I would like to call a Magical Butterfly Sandwich! Kids love sprinkles and adding them to something in the lunch box makes for a great surprise that is sure to make them smile. 

Magical Butterfly Sandwich:
Ingredients:
- bread, I like to use Sara Lee Honey Wheat and I also like to lightly toast the bread first to make it easier to work with
- SunButter (or whatever kind of spread you would like)
- chocolate hazelnut butter (or another spread/jam/jelly)
- sprinkles, rainbow color is perfect
- a small cookie cutter, I used the butterfly one that came with my Pop Chef

Step 1: 
Lightly toast your bread, then take one slice and use your small cookie cutter to put the shape wherever you would like it.

Step 2: 
Put your spreads and jams or whatever you chose on the slices of bread, put them sandwich together.

Step 3: 
Shake the sprinkles onto the open spot on the sandwich where you made the cut out in one of the slices of bread. Once you have the whole cut out area covered, shake it over the sink or somewhere to remove the excess. You'll be left with an adorable sandwich! 

In this lunch I also included mandarin oranges, a Babybel, a Fruigees Organic Kalefornia Grape pouch, and some Annie's Organic Bernie's Farm Cheddar Crackers in a Slim Snack.
 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday Activities Round Up

As you may know we love holidays around here! The Super Bowl is no different. So, we have done lots of fun Super Bowl activities to celebrate. Here's a round up of 11 ideas to help you and your little one have some extra Super Bowl fun, aside from watching the game of course! 

1. Let your kiddo design their own football helmet! All you need to do for this is print out a football helmet template. Once you've got the template printed out you can give it to your little one with some crayons and fun stickers. You can talk about what the helmets look like for the teams that are playing, you can ask them to design the helmet they would like to wear if they were a football player, etc. 
2. Get festive and decorate! You can make your place look more Super Bowl themed with just a few items from the dollar store. I found the table cloth below at Dollar Tree. Decorating is exciting for kids so why not go for it and make the day more fun with an inexpensive table cloth, or some football paper plates to eat on, etc. 
3. Make a football craft.
All you need for this craft is a brown paper bag, some newspaper/magazine paper/something of the like, masking tape, scissors and a stapler. Draw two football shapes on a brown paper bag and have your kiddo cut them out, staple a little of the edges together, add in some crumpled papers, and then finish stapling it shut. You can show your child how to use the stapler and let them have some practice with it. Practicing fine motor skills such as cutting and using a stapler from a young age is very important. In fact, most of this craft is fantastic for building fine motor skills, including the final part which is ripping off some pieces of masking tape and putting them on the football you've made to decorate it like a real football.

4. Have a Super Bowl themed breakfast.
There's all sorts of things you could do to make your meal Super Bowl themed. You could make chocolate pancakes in the shape of footballs, and decorate them with whipped cream. (Something I'm planning to do this year!) But, pictured below, is the way I made breakfast Super Bowl themed a couple years ago. I just made pancakes and ages for my daughter like normal, but then I used little letter cutters to cut out the letters XLIX from a piece of dutch goat cheese. 

5. Super Bowl Interactive Literacy Board.
Learning new words and recognizing what letter combinations make what sounds is an important part of beginning reading. I often make a word wall with index cards on a bulletin board, but I like using the dry erase board sometimes to make it interactive. So I wrote some football related words on the dry erase board and then I would call them out for my daughter to find and circle.


 6. Make your favorite player from the team you're rooting for.
This is a really fun craft to make if you have the items around the house for it. Once your child has decided which team they are rooting for, show them all the players pictures online and tell them their names, maybe what position they play, what their number is, etc. Have them pick who their favorite player on the team is. Then you can begin making them out of some simple household items! We used a pancake mix box, construction paper, Sharpies, a paper plate, scissors and glue/tape. The box was the body, then we put blue construction paper on it since that was the color of the jersey. We made the numbers for the jersey with construction paper, and colored them in with a silver Sharpie. You'll of course want to use the appropriate colors for whatever player you pick. For the face use a paper plate, cut it like a football helmet, then attach a piece of paper to it for a face, you can draw the whole face, or use googly eyes, it's up to you and your little one. Color the top of the paper plate helmet to match the appropriate colors, then attach that on to the body and you'll have your super cute football player. Your little one can cheer their favorite player on during the game with it. 

Look how much she loved her little football player! We also added a little construction paper football onto our player as you can see, have fun with this project with your child and make it your own. 


7. Make a chart/graph of who you're rooting for. 
This is a fun way to bring some math into the Super Bowl fun, and include more members of the family. We just made a chart before, but this year we will be making a chart and then graphing the information as well. I wrote "Who do you think will win the Super Bowl XLIX?" on the top, then wrote the names of the teams. Then on another sheet of paper I wrote the names of people we had asked (a little bit funny because I wrote them down how my daughter said them), which makes this a cute thing to look back on. I cut the names into separate strips so my daughter could practice her gluing skills and put them on the right sides of the chart herself. 




















8. Make a Lombardi.
I had found this super cute idea somewhere on Pinterest, and decided we just had to make it. All you need is a few things you probably already have around the house, a small box, a piece of cardboard you can cut into a football shape, foil, and a Sharpie. It's nice to have some cute and sparkly sticker letters, but not totally necessary. All you need to do to make the craft is take the cardboard football and the box and wrap them up with foil with your kiddo. Attach the football onto the box the way it is on the real Lombardi, we used some tape. Use a Sharpie to draw the laces on the football, and then either have your child stick on some letters or write them with a marker, to represent the roman numerals for the current year of the Super Bowl.

9. Play pin the football on the goal post. 
This is such a fun game for kids to play during the Super Bowl. This way they can score goals of their very own! You'll need a poster board to make the goal post on. I just used a yellow colored pencil to draw it, then let my daughter use a green one to color in the field on the bottom. I made footballs with brown construction paper and a silver Sharpie for the laces. I taped the poster board up onto the wall, and put some tape on the footballs so they would stick to the poster board. To play the game I tied a scarf around my daughters eyes, spun her around in front of the poster board and then let her try to score a goal. 









10. Take a football themed bath. 
This was super simple to put together, and a fun way to end the night for my little girl. I just colored the bath water green like a football field with some food coloring. Then I made some football bath paint, and put the bowl of that in a plastic football dish I got from Dollar Tree. This way it could float around in the tub, adding to the Super Bowl theme even more. To make the football bath paint all you need to do is mix shaving cream with brown washable/nontoxic paint, then add a few more squirts of shaving cream to the top to make the laces of the football. Add in a paint brush.
11. Football Ice Cream Sandwiches for Dessert.
Couldn't let the day go by without a sweet treat themed to match! I used Trader Joe's SoyCreamy non-dairy frozen desserts, and some white icing to make these. Just pipe icing onto the mini ice cream sandwich bars to make them look like little footballs. Yum!