Monday, September 23, 2013

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season

The morning breeze boasts an undertone of cooler temperatures, the streets are filled with students finding routine in a new semester and the buzz around town can only mean one thing: football season has arrived in the South.

Born and bred in an SEC town, I’ve never known a life without football season. In fact, it is the pinnacle of the entire year for most Southerners. Weddings are to be planned only on off weeks, family vacations consist of visiting other football towns and children too young to even cheer are decked out in their team’s colors. In my life, I’ve lived the majority of my days in an SEC city and I’d have it no other way.

When Fall rolls around, all bets are off. Any orange clothing is tossed aside. That gator on the t-shirt my MIL bought for Jackson? Not wearable from Friday to Monday; we’d hate to jinx anything. I send and receive multiple "Roll Tide" text messages throughout the week, and the moment I wake up on Saturday, you better believe I’m humming the tune to Rammer Jammer.

Before Jackson was born, he had a handful of Alabama items, hell his nursery was even an elephant theme. I’m raising my son around the morals of Bear Bryant and the drive of Nick Saban. One day, maybe he’ll play for the Tide or another SEC team. A mom can only hope.

But while my dedication to post up in front of my television each Saturday is unwaivering, my toddler doesn’t necessarily get it yet.

Take for example two weeks ago:

I built up the hype that the Gamecocks were taking on the Bulldogs. It was going to be the game of all games and our entire city was clammering over the outcome between the hedges. Being from Columbia with a family rooted in Athens, Ga, I look forward to this game every year.

And my hype seemed to be working, Jackson couldn’t wait to see the Bulldogs! He even jumped up on the couch with me excited for kickoff. That is, until Jackson turned to me saying, "where da dogs, momma?" I looked to him, looked back at the screen and back to him explaining, "those are the Bulldogs, the ones in red." He looked at me again, a bit more puzzled than before. I looked up to our television realizing how disappointed he must’ve been to learn that in fact we would not be watching literal bulldogs.

This moment, my friends, has taught me that I’m going to have to work a little harder to catch my Saturday games. While I believe the love of football is a sixth-sense in most Southerners, it’s clearly going to take a little bit of teaching fun to get the kiddo interested and successfully through a 3-4 hour televised game each week.

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season

I've rounded up some activities, recipes and printables to make Game Day more enjoyable for the kids! Throw in some kid-friendly activities alongside the game and hopefully you'll create a perfect day for the whole family. Stop by these great blogs and share in their ideas!

We'll be using these activities over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out my InstaGram feed for more!


Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Football Letter Matching via Little Family Fun

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
DIY Paper Football Goal Post via All For The Boys

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Wall Football via Spoonful

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Quarterback Bingo Dauber Art Printable via DLTK's Crafts for Kids

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Football Banner via Tatertots and Jello

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Alabama Cupcake Printables via Dixie Delights

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Pigskin Surprise via Spoonful 

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Football Juicebox via And Everything Sweet

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Super Bowl Brownies via Bake Love Give

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season

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3 comments:

  1. This is so fun Erin! I am hoping to do a similar post for HMB soon. Can I link back here? Love these ideas!

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  2. Oh and part of my weekday "to do" list often includes ways to prep activities and ways to entertain W in order to watch the game! Ha!

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