It’s football season! THANK GOD! I feel like I wait forever for it to get here, and then suddenly, football becomes the things that fills our Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays.
But watching a few games over the weekend can be very isolating for a family. If you only have a few people who enjoy sitting to watch the game, the rest can feel left out or bored. So, how do you involve everyone?
Create a Family Football Frenzy!
Here are a few ideas that I have come up with that will keep everyone in the room together and having a good time while the television is tuned to a football game:
- Purchase a bag of chocolate covered almonds and a tube of white icing. Allow older children to make footballs out of the candy.
- Make it a tradition that during every timeout, you have to do a dance or that every time the quarterback is sacked, Dad has to do a handstand. Something silly.
- Play a game of Wall Football with a goal post made from construction paper. (Think “pin the tail on the donkey” but with field goal flare!)
- Every game is better with food. Involve the family in choosing and making the football snacks. Get inspiration from my football food board on Pinterest.
- Use a stuffed football to entertain younger children. Even my 22 month old knows how to hike a ball. No, I’m not kidding and I have the video to prove it.
- Plan a craft. There are some fun ideas on my football party Pinterest board.
- Play hot potato with a football. Whoever is holding the ball when a team makes a first down is out.
- Cover the coffee table with green paper and line with white tape. Teach your children to play paper football.
- Set up an art station and encourage the children to design a football helmet from a cardboard box or to color on football themed pages. As they work, teach them the rules while you watch the game.
- Print out these free football bingo cards and have everyone watch for the special events to trigger a BINGO!
And one more… just for kicks… pick a word that no one can say during the football game. If some hears the chosen word, they can throw a yellow napkin as the penalty flag.
I love football but I love my family more so I want to keep them involved even when I am distracted by my favorite team. Besides, it is my responsibility as a southerner to raise my children to be avid football fans.
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