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!

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