Super Bowl Activities for Kids that are Super Fun!
Whether or not your team is playing, the Super Bowl has become an unofficial holiday in the United States and a time for families and friends to come together in the dreary winter months for fun.
While some kids may be too young to understand the rules of football or the importance of the “big game” Super Bowl Sunday can still be a time for kids of all ages to celebrate and bond over sports, foods and family.
If your family loves to get together for the big game, or if this is your first time hosting a Super Bowl Sunday party, we have some fun tips and ideas guaranteed to score a touchdown with your fans!
Festive Super Bowl Decorations
Every party needs decorations. Super Bowl decorations are a fun way to make game day more festive for kids. You can decorate using team colors if you have a preferred team playing. If you don’t care who wins, opt for generic football decorations.
Your local party store is guaranteed to have decorations of every color and size. In addition, Amazon has several party decoration sets focused on football and the Super Bowl.
Engaging Super Bowl Crafts & Super Bowl Activities for Kids
1. Football Sensory Bin
Preschoolers and elementary-aged kids (and maybe even some adults) will enjoy playing in a football-themed sensory bin. To keep things simple, you can die rice green or use green plastic grass to represent the field and add dry kidney beans for footballs.
You can find instructions on how to dye rice here, but be sure to leave enough time for it to dry!
2. Homemade Pom-Poms
Homemade cheerleader pom-poms are simple and inexpensive DIY craft kids can use to cheer on their preferred team.
You will need tissue paper in your colors of choice, kid-safe pinking shears, and colorful tape. Electrical tape or painter's tape works well!
Layer the tissue paper several sheets thick (8-12 sheets work best). Use the pinking shears to cut three-fourths down the paper making thin strips. Lastly, roll the paper and wrap the tape around the uncut ends.
3. Goldfish Field Goal Game
Goldfish Field Goals are a fun Super Bowl game kids will love to play because it essentially allows them to throw their food!
There are a few different ways you can set this game up, but we like this colorful, free printable football field designed especially for Goldfish.
Use plastic, bendy straws to create goalposts and affix the field printables to cardstock to make it more secure. Complete directions on how to set up and play the game are found at Everyday Shortcuts.
4. Football Team Paper Chain
Children love creating paper chains, and they are an excellent fine motor activity! You can pre-cut colorful strips of paper for little ones, but older kids, 4-year-olds and up, should be able to use safety scissors to cut construction paper.
Choose team colors or use green and brown to represent the field and footballs. You can add stickers and markers to extend the activity. Older kids can help by using tape or a stapler to secure the rings.
Fun and Easy Super Bowl Snacks
Growing up, my family usually had a big Super Bowl Party. I, for one, didn’t care about the game; I found football boring. What I looked forward to was the delicious snacks and food and hangout time with my cousins.
Every successful party needs snacks, and one of the biggest draws of a Super Bowl party, for grown-ups and kids alike, is the food!
Game day food should be easy to eat, typically finger foods, but chili and salads are good additions to any winter party spread.
1. Super Bowl Snackadium
The Super Bowl snackadium is like a fancy charcuterie board, only typically done with dips, guacamole, meats, cheese, and chips. A quick google search will provide ample ideas of how to create a snackadium that fits your and your guests' tastes.
This quick YouTube video will show you how to make your own Super Bowl Snackadium for your party this year!
2. Zucchini Chips
Bags of chips and dips are a must at a football party but for those seeking a healthy alternative, try out Cool Ranch Zucchini Chips. You can make these delicious, healthy snacks in the oven or air fryer.
3. Classic Super Bowl Hot Wings
Chicken wings are an excellent option for a party because it is easy to make a lot at once. Create a dry rub using your favorite spices.
Super Bowl Wings Recipe:
For every 4 lbs. of wings, we recommend 2 Tbsp of brown sugar and roughly 1 - 1 ½ tsp of cumin, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Rub the dry mixture into the wings and place the wings in the slow cooker.
Then combine ½ c. honey, ¾ c. hot sauce, 1 Tbps melted butter and 1 Tbps molasses. Whisk together, pour over the wings, and gently mix to coat.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
4. Beer Cheese Dip
Just because “beer” is in the name, doesn’t team this recipe is not kid-friendly! Don’t worry, your kids won’t get drunk off this delicious beer cheese dip.
You can serve beer cheese dip with just about anything you dip, but soft pretzel bites are at the top of our list!
Typically beer cheese dip is safe to serve kids because most of the alcohol cooks off, but if you have concerns, use non-alcoholic beer instead.
Here is a simple and delicious recipe you can adjust as needed and make in a matter of minutes!
5. Super Bowl Desserts
Don’t forget the desserts! Supermarkets typically sell fun-themed cupcakes for Super Bowl day, or you could have a custom-made cake made.
Fruit dips, cookies, and brownies are delicious and portable snacks guests will also enjoy. Here are some of our easy cookie recipes to try out!
Entertaining Super Bowl Party Games and Activities for Everyone
Not everyone attending your Super Bowl party will be interested in the game. And even those watching may like a fun diversion from time to time. So consider adding a few fun yet simple games and activities to keep your guests entertained.
1. Halftime Football Toss
If the kids are getting antsy or you need to stretch your legs during the halftime show, take everyone outside for a football toss. You don’t need to plan anything formal with end zones or teams, instead, make it a fun, relaxing opportunity to burn off some of those snack calories!
2. Super Bowl Mascot Contest
Allow people to get creative with a mascot contest. Have dress supplies ready and form teams to see who can create the most creative mascot. Alternatively, you can mention the challenge on your invitations and encourage people to come prepared for a mascot showdown!
3. Super Bowl Commercial Bingo
Once the New Year rolls around, be on the lookout for info about potential Super Bowl commercials. Super Bowl commercials have become such a big deal that some people watch the game just to see the commercials.
Once you have an idea of the celebrities and brands suspected to be appearing, you can use blank bingo templates to create a Super Bowl bingo game.
You will also likely find pre-printed cards online that save you time and effort.
Make sure to have prizes for the winners and plenty of game cards and bingo markers!
4. Football Word Search
Word games always make fun party ideas. And kids and adults may enjoy Super Bowl word games like a word search, word scramble, or crossword puzzle.
You can have guests compete for door prizes, the first three people completed wins, or simply have them available as an activity to pass the time for those less interested in the NFL or to use during the halftime show.
From coloring pages to Super Bowl trivia to football craft ideas, there are so many ways you can make your Super Bowl party a success. As you plan, consider the age range of the guests attending, the space you have available, known food allergies, and your budget.
Consider asking guests to bring a dish to share and making it a BYOB event to cut down on costs. The goal is to provide a fun, lively atmosphere where you and your guests can sit to enjoy the game and some fun football-themed games and food!
For more fun Super Bowl trivia and games to try out at your Super Bowl party this year, take our Super Bowl Quiz!