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Super Bowl Sunday: It’s a family affair

Not a football fan? Don’t be intimidated by daddy and hubby’s uproar in front of the TV. Join in the action! With a little fun, games and creativity, Super Bowl Sunday can be a game day for the whole family.

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Mark Armstrong

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 7:40 am

Tips for creating a successful Super Bowl game day in which everyone has a little fun.

  • Make a game out of the commercials. Play Commercial Counting, where you assign each child an object or animal (car, can of soda, horse, etc). When watching the commercials, they get one point every time they spot their object on the screen. Similarly, create a BINGO game with BINGO cards listing jersey numbers, coach names or yardages in the boxes.
  • Have the kids entertain the family with their own halftime show. Encourage them to perform a rock concert, magic show, puppet show or dance off at half time. You provide the costumes and props; they will provide the entertainment.
  • Make Super Bowl Sunday Sundaes. After the wings and pizza, it will be time to fill up on something decadent. Set up an ice cream sundae bar with toppings, sauces and ice cream.
  • It’s never too early to create a football fan. Help children appreciate and understand the big game with football-related books, like “Kick the Football, Charlie Brown!” adapted by Judy Katschke or “T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet” by Brad Herzog.
  • Create zones in your home. If the boys have taken over the garage as the “sports center” for the day, create a sperate zone for crafts, a movie marathon or the “Puppy Bowl.”
  • If the children get antsy by the end of the first quarter, get their hands moving. Cook up something simple, like Maggie Creamer’s veggie pizza. It uses mostly raw ingredients, and is perfectly easy for kids.

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