If you are good at multi-tasking, you can sign up for the next Signing With Baby class AND get ready for the Super Bowl! Super Bowl Sunday with little ones in the house is a little different from watching the big game back in the child-free days. Can your toddler or baby join in the fun without, well, ruining it for everyone else? Of course they can! The key is to find fun ways for the kids to feel like they are participating in the game even though they aren't watching it, don't understand it and probably couldn't care less about it. There are many different activity ideas waiting to be found online, but here are a few good ones to get you started. First of all, a soft indoor football is a must. What better way to enjoy a football game than actually playing the game? Toddlers love to play with balls, and it will immediately help them understand what everyone is talking (and signing!) about.
Next up comes the cheering. A simple foil streamer wand or two can be a great way for your toddler to join in the excitement. When people cheer, she can grab her wands, shake and cheer along. Or why wait for others to cheer? Dancing around the room armed with shiny streamers is probably good for some ongoing amusement. Of course, it can't all be about high energy fun. For some downtime, your little one can look at some football books:
squeeze a football sensory ball or color a few printable football coloring pages. (Click image to find product or source.)
Before the big event, you can get your child invested by picking up decorations from the Dollar Tree and letting him add his own special touch to the festivities. If this idea might destroy your own party plans, then designate a little "kids area" for him to decorate to his hearts content. Party planning extends to foods too! Be sure to find some exciting treats for your little ones so they can partake in the Super Bowl feeding frenzy. If you are inspired to elevate their Super Bowl experience to another level here are some special foods, intriguing crafts and activities to consider (click on the photo for directions from the source).
Sometimes, staying home and entertaining everyone is just not what a tired mom and dad want to do. Luckily, there are also places you can go to that will give you some kid-friendly Super Bowl fun without any of the hassle of a party at home.
9300 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
Beaverton, OR 97005
"$60 UNLIMITED BOWLING during the Big Game! Includes (1) lane for up to 6 people, (1) basic pizza, (1) 8-foot table, and (1) game laser tag for up to 6 people! Reservations Required."
14950 SW Barrows Rd. Beaverton, OR 97007
"Join us on February 2, 2020 for the BIG game on our 55-Foot BIG Screen! There’s no better place to bring your group to enjoy the festivities and catch all the action, so make your plans to be HERE! Our seating is first come, first served so get here early for the best seats!"
So enjoy your Super Bowl activities on Sunday! Remember to use your signs and don't forget to sign up for the next Baby Express Signing with Baby class that starts on February 20! This great video from ASL Nook will teach you some football signs to use with your family on the big day!
Enjoy music, movement and play with your baby or toddler while learning some American Sign Language vocabulary, too. Our next session starts January 23, 2020.