The Super Bowl is fast approaching and odds are, you’ll get together with family and friends for the game. This year, let's include healthy choices for our kids by including some healthier snacks and fun physical activities.
We all get antsy when we sit around for too long (and we know football games can be pretty lengthy), so give everyone a pause from all the sitting and munching with a few activity breaks. Even if you’ll be hosting adults, the kids will need activities. Kids will be even more excited if the adults join them. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
Touch or Flag Football. If it’s not too cold where you live, invite your guests and their kids to a friendly family showdown. Play your own game before the Super Bowl actually starts.
Make a Touchdown Dance. Let your kids make up a silly and simple touchdown dance. Have them teach all your guests and make sure everyone is up and dancing after every touchdown!
Pin the Football on the Goal Post. Cut out a goal post from large pieces of white or yellow paper, and hang it on the wall. Next, cut out small footballs from brown paper or foam, and place double-sided tape on the back. Blindfold each player, give them a spin or two, and see who can “score” by placing the football through the goal post.
Crab Football. Get ready to burn off those chicken wings! Find a cushy football and have players hold the football with their chins or armpits. To score they must crab walk onto the opponent's’ end-zone. If someone drops the ball, it’s a fumble -- anyone’s ball! Play family versus family or adults versus kids!
Finger Football. Go back to those middle-school days of flicking the paper football across the room, but do it for points!
- Pom Pom or Bean Bag Toss. Place a bucket or bowl on the floor. Pick colors from the two opposing teams and have two kids toss the objects from a few feet away. See who can get the most pom poms or bean bags in their container in 45 seconds.
Healthier Snack Ideas
- Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: I promise they’ll be a great hit! The kids (and your guests) won’t be able to tell they’re eating cauliflower.
- Crispy Baked Chicken Wings: Much better for you than the store-bought fried wings, but still tasty.
- Spinach and Artichoke Hummus: Lighter and tastier than the traditional dip. Great with whole wheat crackers and veggies!
- 9 Layer Mexican Dip: Healthy Super Bowl Dip?!
- Kale Chips: Trade in traditional chips for these vitamin and mineral-filled ones!
Incorporate some of these ideas into your party and you and your child will be on your way to having a guilt-free and exciting evening!