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Football Party Activities
Football Party Activities
Are you centering the party on a big game? Turn your living room into a home theater by setting up chairs around the TV to cheer on your favorite team. If the party is out of season, then pop in a football bloopers DVD, a highlights reel from your favorite team or a family friendly football movie.

If the children play together on a school or youth league team, why not watch a replay of one of their winning games? You, or a friend or relative with the know-how can even do a little video editing and add titles to make it look slick. Your little football heroes will love to watch themselves in action!

Of course, there's no need to watch TV when you can have your own big game outside! Start by training your little athletes on an obstacle course. Set up stations where they have to do jumping jacks, crawl on the ground, wiggle through tires and dodge construction cones. Test their throwing skills by hanging a hula hoop or car tire from a tree and letting the kids take turns trying to toss a football through from a distance. You can also set up bottles or cans carnival-style and let the guests take turns knocking them down. If you have a large play area, set up a kicking tee and sticks in the ground as goal posts and see who can kick a field goal the furthest. When your guests are warmed up, divide into teams and play touch or flag football. Not only will they have a blast, it will burn off excess energy!

If you're planning an indoors birthday party you can still have football fun. Paint a picture of goalposts on a piece of plywood with a hole to toss bean bags or Nerf balls through. You can also adapt classic party games to the football theme. Create a large posterboard of a football field and let them "pin the ball on end zone" instead of a tail on a donkey. Break a piñata in the shape of a football or football player; you can even find one in a rival team's colors to make it extra fun to bash.

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Football Party Crafts
Football Party Crafts
Setting aside time for crafts is always a good idea at children's birthday parties. They'll have fun decorating football helmets with kid-safe paint. Cut plastic milk jugs and use the bottom half for the helmet, or find inexpensive costume construction worker hats.

You can also let the children decorate their own football jerseys and pennants. To make jerseys, purchase enough oversized white t-shirts for all of your guests and let them draw their names, numbers and football designs with fabric paints and markers. It may help to have reference materials on hand to draw from, such as images of professional and college team logos and mascots. For pennants, prepare a large selection of letters by printing them in a college font printed and cutting them out individually. These are glued to long triangle-shaped shapes cut from felt or construction paper in your team's colors. Tape or glue down a fold at the end to insert a wooden or plastic stick so they can wave them proudly.

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