Let’s be the tough Minnesotans that we are this frigid weekend and embrace the Big Game as a perfect excuse for Super Bowl Fun at Home. We’ve invited Tiffany Cavegn from The Kids Cooking School to help us make our Super Bowl Parties even more fun!
Getting Ready for The Day’s Game
Help kids get excited about the upcoming festivities by preparing ahead.
- Have everyone pick a team and find something to wear in their team’s color. Or, if they prefer, they can drag out their purple jersey. Whatever gets them excited.
- Let them help plan the menu. We have some great ideas below, but let them pick a favorite snack – pizza, cookies, ice cream, cheese curds, their favorite chips & dips.
- Decorate your room! My kids are always looking for excuses to drag out the streamers and balloons. Why not let them go crazy with the decorating.
- Make a trivia game to play during dinner a few days in advance. Find Fun NFL Facts for Kids here.
- Play some football toss games leading up to game time. I know, it’s February, but kids need to get outside every day, especially if you don’t want them bouncing off the walls during the halftime show.
“While countless football experts are weighing in from land, SEA LIFE at Mall of America is plunging into their own pick for the big game! One of the rescued sea turtles at SEA LIFE used their FIN-tastic football mind and tripled down on their choice between the Bengals and Rams at their feeding station.
To make it fair, the animal care team had the rescued sea turtle do it three times to be extra sure of their pick, and it turns out, sea turtles must be big Bengals fans because the sea turtle picked them every single time! Now everyone will just have to see if land-loving football experts or an extra-smart sea turtle will be the ultimate football expert after Sunday’s game.”
Fun Football Snacks for Kids
So, let’s talk about Super Bowl snacks that your kids will actually eat, are easy for them to make, and don’t break your budget. Let’s face it… there will be plenty of cupcakes and brownies , so let’s make something fun and different. Here are three recipes to make with your kids for Super Bowl Sunday.
Pigskin In A Blanket
This recipe from Delish is really fun and easy for kids to make. It just takes some pre-made crescent rolls and hot dogs. Cut up the hot dogs into bit sized pieces and wrap them in the crescent roll. If you place the pieces next to each other in the shape of a football, when it comes out of the oven it will be like a pull-apart appetizer. Yum and Fun!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs
Grab a quart of beautiful strawberries, some white and dark chocolate, and a piping bag (or a plastic sandwich bag) and teach your children the joy of dipping strawberries. This recipe from MyMommyStyle has great tips for making this a kid-friendly adventure. Remember to leave the stems on and if you don’t want to mess with a piping bag, you can buy a pre-made white frosting tube anywhere they sell baking supplies – even some grocery stores. For a more budget friendly option, you can also make this recipe with grapes instead of strawberries. Just make sure the grapes are fully dry before dipping. This is a favorite for my kids.
Crazy Football Fruit Bowl
I love the way this fruit bowl design from Hosting and Toasting looks, it was a bit daunting to cut out the football helmet. I tried it on a couple of small watermelons and got the hang of it the second time. If you want to skip the fancy, cut just the top quarter out of the watermelon rind, just like you would for a basket, and use a marker to draw the laces of a football on the top. Wa-La! Watermelon football instead of watermelon helmet! But if you have the time, give the helmet a try because it is tots adorbs.
Whatever recipe you try this playoff season, when you involve your children you get so much more than just a mess in your kitchen. You are teaching them skills they will value for a lifetime… things like self confidence, executive function, a growth mindset… oh, and those cooking skills too. And on top of it all? Time with you… the most precious gift of all.
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A Super Bowl party isn’t just for adults! Find out how to keep your kids entertained at home during the big game.
Football Bingo from Studio DIY
Use this cute printable to make the Super Bowl an interactive experience for your reading and non-reading kiddos. Look for numbers on jerseys, but also watch the commercials for some of the images.
Games from The Spruce: Football Fun Dance or Pass the Helmet
During the slow parts of the game, mix things up a bit and get the blood moving with a Football Fun Dance.
Another fun game is a version of musical chairs. Fill a helmet (or bowl if you are desperate) with Super Bowl Party Favors. Play some music and pass the bowl around. When the music stops, whoever is holding the bowl can pick a prize.
Play Finger Football from Love to Know
Remember this from you were a kid? Now is the perfect time to teach your kids the beautiful game of Finger Football. Though I don’t think I would call it origami.
Super Bowl Fun at Home with kids is possible. It just takes a little pre-planning for their two major complaints: “I’m Bored” and “I’m Hungry”. We hope these games and snacks help make your day a fun bonding experience for the whole family. If you would rather get out for the afternoon, we offer ideas here: Twin Cities Super Bowl Fun for the Family.
Want more indoor fun ideas? 75+ Fun Indoor Games for Kids of All Ages, Categorized.