Sunday, February 5, 2012
10 Super Bowl Ideas for Nannies and Kids
Today is the Super Bowl, America's most watched television event of the year. Alicia Donovan, a subscriber and nanny from Madison, Wisconsin asked Be the Best Nanny Newsletter what to do with the kids she is babysitting today.
Here are some links to some of our favorite recipes and web sites to have fun with kids this Super Bowl Sunday.
1. Have Everyone Wear Footbal Jerseys
2. Paint Faces
Offer to paint the kids' faces with clown makeup in team colors. This year the New England Patriots are playing the New York Giants. The "Pats" wear Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White. The Giants, also nicknamed "Big Blue," wear Blue, Red, Whit,e and Grey.
3. Be Cheerleaders
Invite the kids to actually watch the game and provide them with pom poms (store bought or see how to make them below). Perhaps give them a few megaphones. Then let the kids make up cheerleading routines. You can even have a competition and make teams to see who comes up with the best cheerleading routine. Of course the parents can get in the fun too.
How to Make Pom Poms
Cut 12" strips of streamers or ribbons and staple them together at one end. Wrap the stapled end with duct or masking tape to protect little hands and create a handle. Leave as is, or attach to a paint stick (available free at the paint counter of any home improvement store.) Kids can mix and match colors and make a few extras for the adults. One note of caution -- the color in crepe paper streamers runs if it gets wet, use the metallic ones if you are worried about spills.
5. Play Football Outiside
Why not allow the kids to have their own mini Super Bowl and play football outside.
6. Commercial Bingo
Print out Commercial Bingo from dltk-kids.com. They have free customizable cards to download, but you can certainly make your own. Instead of numbers, use the perennial commercials — cars, soft drinks, pizza, and movie trailers. You can also play a football trivia game, using general questions about the sport, or get more specific to the day’s game. Keep the questions simple, things the kids can find out by watching, like "What color is the penalty flag?" or "Name the quarterbacks."
7. Arts and Crafts and Free Printables Table
Decorate everything with these free printables from living locuto.
Super Bowl Fun has free word searches, coloring page, guessing games, and more.
8. Pass the Super Bowl Football Game
To play this game, arrange teams of about eight to stand in a line, one behind the other (arranged boy, girl, boy, and so on). Give each team a miniature football which the first person should tuck under his chin. This mini football should be passed to the person behind. When the football gets to the last person, they come to the front of the line and start again. The winning team is the first one which gets their starting person to the front again. Super Bowl games, party supplies and party favors add to your party theme and make a successful party. You can give everyone on the winning team their very own Super Bowl mini football party favor.
9. Super Bowl Egg Game
First, color some hard boiled eggs your favorite teams colors, leaving one white. Using a black marker, draw the lines of the football. Next, place the white egg in the center of the room. Take turns to see who can roll their colored (football) egg closest to the white egg.
10. Super Bowl Trivia and Prizes
For prizes just visit your local party store. Mini footballs, crayons, mini coloring books make great prizes for Kid Super Bowl Trivia. For young children make the questions easy. For example, you can ask kids, "Where is this Super Bowl being played?" or "Is this stadium indoors or outdoors?" For older kids check out these harder Super Bowl Trivia questions.