One of the most important days in American sports is coming up this weekend: The Super Bowl!
Once again, two teams will battle it out on the gridiron for football supremacy, while families and friends gather around the nation, in front of the television to cheer on their favorite teams; and while watching the game can be fun for the whole family, sometimes Super Bowl Sunday can be a very long day for kids.
With that in mind, why not keep the littlest members of the family busy with football themed snacks, crafts, and games? They’ll love getting in the spirit of the day and celebrating along with everyone else. So check out the LiMamas list of delicious snacks, silly games, and fun crafts — guaranteed to make it a Super Sunday!
Food: When it comes to party food, kids love to feel that they are in control and making their own decisions about what to eat. Why not set up a long table with a football field table cloth and put out different food stations for kids to pick from?
You could do a nacho bar, full of different chips, cheeses, salsas, olives, peppers, bacon bits, and more! Check out Fairway Market (Plainview, Westbury and Lake Grove) for an array of different chips, including gluten free ones. While you’re there, check out their enormous cheese aisle. You’ll need extra cheese if you decide to do a stuffed potato bar, too! Bake a ton of potatoes, and put out all the toppings to stuff them silly: cheese, bacon, sour cream, chives, even chili! Wild By Nature (East Setauket, Huntington, Hampton Bays, West Islip, Oceanside) has a pre-made chili which is delicious, and sure to save you time on game day.
And, of course you need a self-serve dessert…an ice cream sundae bar is the perfect way to end the meal! Pick up chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream, and go wild with the toppings! Sprinkles, chocolate chips, marshmallows, chocolate sauce, whipped cream; let the kids have a blast filling up their bowls to the brim!
If you want to prepare a fun dessert ahead of time, check out these gluten free football cake pops; you can pick up almond flour from Eat Good Market in Huntington, as well as dairy and gluten free chocolate chips.
Want something a little healthier? Pick up strawberries to make these chocolate covered football strawberries!
Crafts/Gear: It’s great to give kids something to do with their hands while watching the game; here’s some crafts and football gear that aren’t too messy for a group of kids, but still fun to make!
Head to your local Party City and stock up on face paint; let the kids get geared up for the game by painting their face in the colors of the two teams playing. At Party City you can also stock up on football party hats, necklaces, or even tatoos.
Head over to Huntington Business Products in Plainview for colored paper to make these adorable football snack cups! Kids will love lacing up their footballs and filling them with snacks galore.
Get out your markers and crayons, and check out these websites for football coloring pages and a make your own Super Bowl book for kids! All you need is printer paper to print out enough copies, and scatter them around for kids to color in. It’s both distracting and creative for the kids during the game!
Games: If you’re watching the Super Bowl, kids are going to want to play games, too! Why not try these free 2015 Super Bowl Bingo printouts at your party; and for the older kids, print out these football themed word searches and crossword puzzles; they will love competing against each other to see who can find words the fastest!
Have a great Super Bowl Sunday & be sure to share your pictures with us!
By: Olivia Howell
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