If you’re hosting a party for the Big Game this Sunday, then you’ve probably started getting everything in order: the food, the TV setup, and the guest list. And if that guest list happens to include children, well, then there’s some extra planning you’ll have to do.
Although it might seem silly or unnecessary to “kid-ify” your game day party, there are some easy things you can do to make the Big Game more fun for the junior spectators. And in my house, I know that if the kids are happy, then everyone’s happy. Here are some ideas to fend off crankiness until the winning touchdown (or, at least until halftime).
While Big Game edibles are inherently kid-friendly (finger foods, snacks, chips), you can go a few extra yards for an even better eating experience.
Replace water or juice bottle labels with paper of the different team colors. It’s an easy way for the children to show off their team spirit.
Make football cupcakes for dessert. These are a fun treat, and a great way to bribe the kids to eat their dinner.
Speaking of dinner, why not add a couple items to the menu that are sure to score with the younger crowd? You can never go wrong with nachos, pigs in a blanket, and pizza.
Keep them busy
If the Big Game on its own won’t keep the kiddos entertained, then plan a few activities to help them stay busy. Helping the children feel invested in the game, on some level, will also keep their attention longer.
Assign cheerleading jobs. This is a great way to burn off some extra energy. Divide the kids between the two teams for a bit of competition. You can give them pom-poms, have them make signs, or even come up with their own cheer. The adults can judge the best cheer at the end.
Encourage the kids to get into the game day spirit by wearing football jerseys of their favorite team. You can also set up a face painting station so the kids can proudly show off their team colors.
Make a child-friendly bingo board or checklist for them to complete while they watch the game. Have them be on the lookout for things like referee, cheerleader, mascot, or car commercial. This is a great way to help them pay attention.
And hey, if all else fails, just make sure you have a football on hand to give to the kids. Then they can have their own “Big Game” outside!