Super Bowl Fun for the Little Ones on the Big DayFeb. 3, 2016
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WACO, Texas (Feb. 3, 2016) — Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching, and you’re planning to throw — or go — to a party with friends and families. So what do you do with the young’uns to keep them happy and occupied so you can watch the game in (relative) peace?
It’s probably overly optimistic to expect little ones to watch a game for hours, but this can be family fun all the same, says Anna Burton, who teaches at Baylor University’s Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development in the department of family and consumer sciences. Here are some of her ideas for children for the big day:
Clear a large room of breakables and be sure it has comfy, sturdy furniture. “For a large group, you might consider having multiple responsible caregivers,” Burton says.
“One idea is preparing fruits and veggies in team colors,” Burton suggests. “Dip coconut flakes in a little blue food dye, then roll bananas in the flakes, and you’ve got Carolina Panthers’ light blue and white. For Denver, you can have carrots, or make kebabs by arranging oranges and blueberries — for the Broncos’ orange and navy — on pretzel sticks."
For older children, you might also provide straws, plastic spoons and a plastic bowl so they can construct a “stadium” of the dough. “Especially in early child development, there’s a big push to promote ‘STEAM’ — science, technology, engineering, the arts and math — and an activity like this can get both sides of the brain working,” Burton says.
*No-Cook Play Dough: Combine 3 cups flour, 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup water, mixing until a dough is form. (Add more water or dough if needed and mix gradually to desired consistency.) Divide among four children. Recipe may be doubled if more children will be playing.
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