Mama is in a rut. I have been for a while. As a stay at home mom, sometimes things can get a bit…heavy. My husband works out of the house full time, and it can often feel like I am a single parent, and with two very active boys, at times it can be a bit overwhelming. Yeah, yeah. Says every.mom.ever! Parenting is overwhelming. Not a new phenomenon. But it occurs to me that my overwhelm was leading to me being a shit mom. Not engaging, not playing, and just generally not doing anything fun. Focussing on the not so great aspects of life and not celebrating the fun ones.
So, when I woke up Saturday morning and realized tomorrow was the Superbowl, I decided to pull a party out of thin air and make the day really fun for my boys. My boys are 3 and 5. Carter is 5 and Lincoln is 3. Not exactly prime football watching years, but I went with the idea. First things first, I needed some super easy kids Super Bowl party ideas! After spending most of the morning online trying to put together a party theme that I actually had the stuff for I finally broke down and went to the dollar store. So, our theme for our super bowl party was…Dollarama. Valentine’s day decor was in season, so we went with that.
Not exactly Pinterest worthy but I didn’t think my boys would notice. All I knew was we def needed a super bowl craft! We are not super crafty, and we have limited skills, (and by we I mean me) and if you are the same you are going to love these easy kids Super Bowl party ideas.
Gettin’ Our Game On
My oldest son and I got to work on our field goal game while my youngest was napping. He doesn’t usually nap, but in the anticipation, my 5-year-old woke him up at 4:40 am to get the party started, so he was understandably a little tired. (That’s what time Mom got up too, but no time for naps, these dips aren’t going to make themselves and what is the Super Bowl without a ridiculous amount of dips?)
We wanted to create a game that both of them would have the ability to play and also be able to play together, so we created the ‘field goal game’ (catchy name no?) made up of two tiny football fields with endzones and little mini footballs out of folded paper.
Our football design was questionable but that didn’t stop it from being fun. Carter was on colouring duty and mom operated the glue gun.
We didn’t have the colours we needed to design our end zone in team colours, so we just chose whichever colours tickled our fancy. Then we glued them together to form our goal posts.
Next, we glued them to our Tupperware containers and voila! End zones! I had a bag of moss under my sink, I don’t know why or where it came from, but it came in super handy as the turf and while it wasn’t as green as son # 1 would have liked, he reluctantly agreed it was sort of turf-like and he could accept it. Mom whipped up a couple of paper footballs and that was the end of it!
When Lincoln got up from his nap, the game was ready to go and both of them had a blast! They actually played with it on and off for hours! (and considering how long the pregame is, I was very grateful for the distraction.) I have been known to miss the mark on occasion when choosing activities for my kids. Ideas I am so sure will go over really well…well, don’t. So I was ecstatic that item number one on my Super Bowl party agenda was such a big hit! There were rules for the game, that were ultimately ignored, but if you are a rules kind of person. I’ll share with you what they were and a list of things that you are going to need to put it all together.
What you will need:
- 2 Tupperware containers, like the sandwich size but deeper. (not sure exactly what size, but whatever you have on hand will do fine.)
- Permanent markers in the colours of your choice, you can do team colours or whatever you like.
- Shredded green paper or moss it up like we did! (If you have a Mr. or Mrs. particular pants on your hands, the greener the better.)
- 4 Popsicle or craft sticks.
- Hot glue and a glue gun.
Our rules were if you get it through the goal post, that was a field goal and if you got it anywhere on the grass of the opponent’s turf it was a touchdown. (we may or may not know the rules of football very well.) That’s it! They are 3 and 5 guys! Gotta keep it simple. But if you’d like to make it a little more interesting you could take turns and whoever gets to 20 points first wins and then move onto lightning rounds, with both sides shooting at the same times and see how many touchdowns or field goals they can get in a certain amount of time. Play around and have some fun with the rules! It really just depends on the age of your kiddos. Stick around cuz I have a few more great kids super bowl party ideas up my sleeve!
Dollarama is our favourite place and buying stuff we don’t need is our favourite activity, which as you know is the dollar store speciality. Tristan is especially fond of this so he was put in charge of decorations. He was beyond thrilled to have a job and it really made his day that much more exciting. (I highly suggest putting up party decorations often, pick a random day and decorate. Have an impromptu dance party with your kids, make it a big event and celebrate absolutely nothing! It will feel a little silly but it will totally make there day.)
He designed the look of the party and mommy executed it. The design of the party centered on … a disco ball. I told him that the disco ball did not fit the Super Bowl theme but he could not be talked out of it, along with several different kinds of streamers, garlands, and balloons, oh the balloons! As a side benefit, we discovered he was now capable of blowing up his own balloons! So he is now the official balloon blower upper in our house. I was more than happy to hand over that title to him.
Add A Dash Of Colour
One of the things I thought was going to be a big hit that didn’t go over as well as I thought it would, was our colouring corner. Don’t get me wrong, they love to colour but I think it was just too much like our everyday activities to be party-worthy.
They indulged me and coloured for a bit, but they were eager to get onto the other festivities. The colouring corner turned out to be more of a hit with the adults. Later on, in the evening my brother and sister in law crashed our party and found the colouring corner to be quite relaxing, I confess mommy did as well. Perhaps your kiddos will be more into the idea, if not, feel free to pair them with a glass of wine to unwind after the kiddos go to bed. You can thank me later for that gem of an idea.
The super bowl bingo caused quite a bit of controversy, but ultimately was a lot of fun. The problem was I decided to reward the completion of a bingo page with prizes, so there was a whole lot of cheating going on. The boys were on the lookout for various items within the game or during the commercials and once found them, they crossed off the item from the bingo card!
The level of excitement really ramped up with super bowl bingo and adding toy prizes into the mix was almost more then they could handle. If you’d like to try this at your next super bowl party, I created the bingo pages at canva.com, it took no time at all, or if you’d like to use ours, feel free to download them here.
And That’s A Wrap!
There really isn’t anything better than the excitement of your child. It did wonders to get me out of my rut, at least for the day, and I really enjoyed creating an event for them, making it a big deal and showing them how special they are. I think I may have even created lifelong football fans, much to my husband’s delight. At one point in the day, I asked Lincoln (3 years old) to run upstairs and get his sippy cup, he looked at me and said, ‘Mom, I’m watching football.”
Feel free to steal these easy kids super bowl party ideas, download the colouring sheets and football bingo and you are almost ready to go! (If you need dip recipes, I’ve got those too!) It was simple and easy to put together this super bowl party for them, but mostly it wasn’t about the super bowl, it was about taking the day to stop, engage and really connect with my kids. Something I really needed to do.
What about you? What do you do to disengage from the world and connect with your little people? Feel free to share, I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, have a great day, try not to stress too much and throw a party for no reason, it will do the world of good… for everyone.