You've got a houseful of people coming over for the big game, or maybe you just want to watch the Super Bowl in peace on Sunday. What to do with the kids?
You might want to get a baby-sitter - or abuela - to help out, but here are some ideas for keeping kids engaged, at least until bedtime.
PRE-GAME WARMUPFootball necklaces: Use cardstock, foam board or construction paper to make football-shaped necklaces in team colors. Complete the look with sewn laces using a hole puncher and white yarn. Add another hole at both ends of the ball, loop with yarn and tie string ends together. If enough are made for guests, each person can personalize his own.
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• Team flags: Cut 7-by-10-by-10-inch triangles out of construction paper. Get kids to decorate rally flags with markers, glitter and paint. Glue the finished flags to a wooden dowel or hang them up around the room.
• Paper pom-poms: Cut various colored tissue paper into small strips. Gather paper towel and toilet paper holders, wooden dowels or long straws and have kids tape the ends with colored tissue. Bring out at rally time.
• Football cookies: Use a football cookie cutter to cut your classic cookie dough into football-shaped cookies. Provide the kids with some options for frosting and sprinkles and allow them to decorate.
Here are some fun ideas to keep the kids interested in the score.
• Team Bingo: Create Bingo cards with the players and coaches from each team. If the person is shown on TV during the game, they can fill in that square.
• Commercial counting: Assign each kid an object or animal: food, horses, dogs, cars, movies, etc. When watching the commercials, they get a point every time their object appears on-screen. The trick is that they have to find it.
HALFTIME ACTIVITIES AND GAMES• Crab football: This may require you to be more active than you'd like, but the kids will love it — and it will burn off a few chicken wings. Instead of “crab soccer” you have to hold the cushy football with your neck, knees or armpits and get into your opponents' end zone by walking like a crab. If your ball gets knocked down, it's anyone's game. Play kids versus adults, family versus family or boys versus girls. • Sunday sundaes: Halftime is the perfect time for a sweet treat. Purchase some toppings, sauces and ice cream to create a sundae bar.
FESTIVE PARTY FOOD
Create your menu based on the locations of the two teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. The bay cities have some things in common, such as their love of seafood and sweets.• Best of both cities: Start your spread with a combination of two favorites - San Francisco sourdough and Baltimore's blue crabs. Fill a sourdough bread bowl with homemade hot crab dip (bake the dip after you fill the bowl). Try the Spicy Maryland Crab Dip on AllRecipes.com, though you may want to cut the spice a bit for the kids.
• Who's crabbier?: Crab Louis, a salad made using Dungeness Crab and dressed with a Louis dressing (similar to a Thousand Island), can go head to head with crab cakes, seasoned with Old Bay, of course.
• Main dish options: If you're fans of fish, try Cioppino, a San Francisco-bred fish stew made various ways so you can be accommodating of family taste. If beef is more your family's style, cook up some of Baltimore's famous pit beef, a barbecued beef marinated with a dry rub and cooked slowly over the grill. No time to cook? Pick up some Thai or Chinese food from a great local restaurant and challenge everyone to eat with chopsticks. San Francisco is known for its great Asian food - and it's the city where fortune cookies originated, too.
• DIY some famous cookie treats: Baltimore is known for its Berger cookies, a soft shortbread-style cookie dipped in fudge on the flat side. And San Francisco is home of the funny-named It's It, created in 1928, two oatmeal cookies with ice cream sandwiched in between and then dipped in chocolate. You can't go wrong either way.