Throwing a Super Bowl party can be fun, but it can also be stressful. This is especially true if you’ll have children in attendance. If they’re into football, things are a little easier, but if they’re not? How do you keep them entertained? How do you ensure that the adults will actually be able to watch the game without neglecting the kids’ needs?
We’ve gathered up some creative ways to keep the little ones entertained this Sunday so you can keep your sanity and minimize stress.
It sounds crazy, but even in this digital age that we live in, kids can have a ton of fun with the free-est of things. First, you’ll need to get a cardboard box and draw a square on the bottom of it. If the kids are old enough, they can cut it out themselves, but little ones might need help with the scissors.
Next, bust out the magic markers to decorate it. You’re making a TV here, but let the kids decorate it however they want. At this point, you’ve probably kept them entertained for at least 15 minutes.
Then, have them take turns being sportscasters. You can either use a timer to determine when a turn is up, or just switch every commercial break. Maybe the kids will take it seriously and pay more attention to the game. Maybe they’ll be super silly and have a giggle fest.
Either way, the adults are free to watch the game without guilt as the kids are entertained.
Did you hear?
This game takes a little prep, but not much. For kids that know how to read, print out a list of common terms you’ll hear over the course of a football game. For this game in particular you can include team-centric names like “Brady” and “Falcons”.
Distribute them to the children and have them listen for each word, crossing them off as they hear them. Even if they don’t care to know a touchdown from a two-point conversion, they’ll be focused on the same thing as you.
If you have preliterate kids, partner them up with older kids who can help.
Give Up and Send Them to Another Room
If they really just don’t want to watch the game, there’s no reason to torture them. Odds are, you have another TV somewhere in the house where they can have their own movie night or play video games with their friends. Just be sure that if you go this route, they’re old enough to not need supervision or have at least one responsible, older child watching the rest of them.
Get Food They’ll Actually Like
Luckily, most Super Bowl foods are inherently kid friendly. Veggies and dip, chips, pretzels, pigs in a blanket, and, of course, pizza. If you want to save money on a pie, be sure to check out some of the great deals pizza shops have going on this weekend. One of our favorites comes from Marco’s Pizza where deals start from as low as $4.99!