As you prepare for the festivities this weekend, it can be tough to think of ways to keep kids happy and entertained during the long game. Whether you’re rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos, or just want to watch the commercials, check out these activities to help everyone enjoy the party, kids included.
Mine the Commercials for Fun
The Super Bowl is famous for its commercials for good reason: companies put tons of money and thought into being funny or telling a powerful story. And they can be a great base for lots of fun games! Try “Commercial Bingo,” a version of bingo where everyone tries to fill their card with commonly occurring scenes or characters. You can either make your own or use these printable cards with squares for horses, nachos, and talking babies.
In a similar vein, you could also play “Commercial I Spy.” Assign each child a letter and have them hunt for items that start with their particular letter in the commercials or even within the game itself. For another variation, split the alphabet into four segments (e.g., A–F, G–L, M–R, S–Z) and have the whole family look for items that start with the letters of the first group. Then, in the next quarter, move on to the second group, and so on.
Get moving during halftime
You’ve watched examples of extreme athleticism, and now it’s your chance to get your blood flowing. Get everyone together during halftime for a few rounds of games that are fun for all ages, like Pictionary or charades. Kids and adults alike will get to show off their creative thinking and imagination!
For another family friendly game, try the Name Game! Stick Post-it notes to everyone’s forehead or pin slips of paper on their backs, each with a famous person or character’s name on it. (Check out our historical figures for some good ideas!) Then, everyone roams around, asking each other “yes” or “no” questions until you figure out your identity.
Provide alternative activities
For those kids who would rather not watch the Super Bowl, or at least not the whole thing, provide another space where they can play games. Games like Scrabble and Boggle are great for building vocabulary and are also relatively quiet and neat. Another option is the Anagram Challenge, a game where children solve anagrams (a word formed from scrambled letters) from letter tiles. If your kids are old enough, they can even create their own puzzles and then give them to their friends and siblings.
How do you plan on spending Super Bowl Sunday? Do you have other ideas for kids’ games?