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We are huge fans of sports in our house, from football to baseball it seems there’s always a game on our television.  The NFL officially starts on Thursday, September 5th and we couldn’t be more excited. One of my good friends plays for the Green Bay Packers and the look on my children’s faces when they see him play is truly priceless. However, being that they are small, we need to keep their excitement throughout the game. There are several ways we get them rallied up for gameday. We incorporate fun activities before, during and after game day. Here are some ideas on activities for your children.

Re-create gameday:

After the game head outside and recreate the game you just watched. This is always fun because if your children know you are going to recreate the game, they may pay a little more attention to it during. With the little ones we love to play flag football, run around the backyard, and have a fun time. If you are worried about your children getting stains on their clothes from the grass, no need to worry, Tide has you covered. Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Sport is specifically designed for sports apparel and fights tough sports stains like grass, dirt clay and blood. It’s the #1 sports detergent* that also helps eliminate odor and leaves all clothes clean and fresh. Definitely a win in our household!

Play Paper Football:

Paper football was one of my favorite things to play during a rainy day at school, it brings back wonderful memories and ones that I want to pass on to my children. Not only is paper football loads of fun, but it’ll keep them busy (until at least halftime).


Not only will this help the children to calm down so you can hear what is going on during the game but here is the chance for your children to get creative. Make it football themed. If you have daughters, have them make pom-poms so they can help cheer for your team. If you have boys, have them make a football themed poster for their rooms or a picture frame.


If there is one way to keep my toddler entertained, it’s a snack. I don’t mean feeding your child a bunch of junk food, but I do mean feed them. NFL games can last a while and I am sure your little ones will be getting hungry. There are some fun snack ideas you can do to involve your children. Here are several ideas:

  • Nacho Bar
  • Popcorn Bar
  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • Build your own Trail Mix


No, I don’t mean video games. Chances are you haven’t played a board game with your child in a while so dust off those games and let the fun begin.

Make IT a Game:

Turn gameday into a game! For every touchdown your team makes your child gets 5 extra minutes to stay up after bedtime. Something that you know your children will get excited about and that you are OK with. This will also help get your child excited about your team and how well they are playing.

Whichever option you choose, just make it around gameday. This will help get your child excited about the game and let them look forward to it.


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