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Big-game activities that will score with your child

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15 Football-themed activities for kids

Ready for the big game? Make sure you get to enjoy the football (and the commercials!) by keeping the little ones entertained. You're sure to score big points with these football-themed games, crafts and snacks for kids.
1

Football word find

Football word find

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Print out a stack of football word-find games and give the kids a prize when they turn in their completed puzzles.

Free download here >>

2

Popcorn bar

Popcorn bar

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Set up a popcorn bar and ask guests to vote for their favorite flavor. Find popcorn bar tips plus recipes for caramel, strawberry and peanut butter popcorn right here!

3

Face paint

Face paint

Get the kids psyched for the game with a little team face paint.

Face-painting tutorial here >>

4

"Pin the football in the goalpost" game

Pin the football in the goalpost game

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Send the dads to supervise the kids in a game of "pin the football in the goalposts" so you and the girls can enjoy the commercials in peace.

5

Football snack-bowl craft

Football snack-bowl craft

Photo credit: Simply Sprout

Set out materials for the kids to cut out and lace up their own football snack bowls. The payoff? A generous helping of fresh popcorn!

Instructions here >>

6

Counting-by-tens football game

Counting by tens football game

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Create a craft station where the kids can draw and mark off their own miniature football field. They'll be practicing their math skills, counting by tens. Plus, they'll learn how to fold their own miniature origami football!

Instructions here >>

7

Mini football cornhole game

Mini football cornhole game

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Make your own tabletop cornhole game or buy a similar one (Hayneedle.com, $25).

Instructions here >>

8

Football bingo

Football bingo

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Kids and grown-ups will have to pay close attention to the game and the commercials to spot the numbers and symbols on these free, downloadable bingo cards.

Free printable bingo cards here >>

9

Mini glitter foam fingers

Mini glitter foam fingers

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Are you as excited as we are to learn about the existence of these mini foam fingers? The diminutive digits can be ordered by the dozen (Amazon, $6) and customized with a little Mod Podge and glitter. Too cute!

Instructions here >>

10

Football paper chain

Football paper chain

Photo credit: Pazzles Craft Room

Brown construction paper, white paper or a white crayon, scissors and tape are all you need for the kids to create a festive football paper chain.

11

Football party favors

Football party favors

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Candy-filled footballs made from plastic Easter eggs? Genius! Hide the mini footballs around the house for your small guests to find, then let the kids use them as noisemakers before they gobble up the goodies inside.

Instructions here >>

12

Football pizza

Football pizza

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Grab your tiny chefs and enlist their help in layering on pepperoni and cheese slices in a football design on your pizza. Then toss it in the oven to bake. Fun to make, fun to eat!

Instructions here >>

13

Football pretzels

Football pretzels

Photo credit: Plain Chicken

Make these chocolate-covered pretzels ahead of time or leave the final icing piping for the kids to "tackle" while the game is on.

Instructions here >>

14

Football cake pops

Football cake pops

Photo credit: Love + Butter

These adorable little football cake pops are pretty easy to make and so simple to eat while watching the game. Just make sure you have enough to go around!

Instructions here >>

15

Football juice boxes

Football juice boxes

Photo credit: And Everything Sweet

Go the whole 9 yards (or is it 50?) and wrap the kids' juice boxes in little pigskin designs. We'll drink to that!

Instructions here >>

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