On Sunday the San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens for Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. I may live closer to Raven’s home turf but growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area has made me a 49ers fan for life. Regardless of who you’re rooting for this weekend, here’s how you can get your family ready for some Super Bowl fun!
Incorporate some learning. Super Bowl XLVII?!? Quarters? Give your kids a football related math lesson! A quick lesson in Roman numerals to will help them decipher how many Super Bowls there have been. Hint: This is Super Bowl #47. Laura Overdeck, mother of three and founder of the Bedtime Math national online community, says the big game gives parents a perfect opportunity to engage young football fans in fun, recreational math.Overdeck also recommends having kids figure out how much time has passed in the quarter based on the amount of time remaining. If the timer reads 13:24, how much game time has already passed? For additional suggestions about learning activities you can do during your Super Bowl viewing, visit my post on Parents.com called 3 Ways to Incorporate Learning into Super Bowl Sunday.
Watch highlights from past Super Bowls. 49ers fans know that the 80s were our decade. With 4 Super Bowl victories in the 80s and 1 more in the 90s, coach Bill Walsh, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, etc. became more than legendary. Thanks to Comcast Xfinity, my husband and I can relive the glory years while teaching the kids some necessary Niner history with 30 minute recaps from past Super Bowls on Demand.
Find last minute Super Bowl party ideas. Audrey from Mom Generations shares creative recipes for the Super Bowl. Of course there’s always Pinterest too for food, printables, decorations, and fun infographs (again note the Niner victories!) to get you in the game day spirit. I’m just not sure about these Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes though!
Relive favorite commercials. If you’re looking forward to seeing the commercials airing during the Super Bowl than the actual game, SuperBowl-Commercials.com has the 10 Best Super Bowl 2013 Commercials. Of course you are welcome to disagree with any and all of their picks! While we’re talking commercials, do you have any predictions as to whether Volkswagen will be back with another Star Wars themed ad or if the M&Ms will be dancing to Psy and Gangnam Style rather than LMAFO’s I’m Sexy and You Know It like they did last year? If you’re wondering what to expect, Common Sense Media has the lowdown on this year’s ads that will air on Sunday and provides tips on avoiding age-inappropriate ads.
Get your game on. PlayStation Vita fans will be pleased to know that EA Sport’s Madden NFL 13 has made its debut for Vita. With touch screen controls, players can unlock new layers of gameplay with incredible depth whether becoming the next NFL superstar or building the league’s next dynasty team. With the Vita, friends can battle online, use the motion sensor function to control direction of kicked field goals, and use the touch screen to draw hot routes, swat passes, or strip the ball from opponents for at home or on the go game play. Madden NFL 13 also features commentary from Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for an authentic football experience.
What’s your favorite part of Super Bowl and who will you be rooting for on Sunday?
Thanks to Laura Overdeck of Bedtime Math for contributing her football related math ideas for teaching kids about Roman numerals for this piece. I received Madden NFL 13 for review as part of my involvement with #PSFamily. I am part of the Comcast Xfinity Digital Ambassador Program and receive Xfinity Triple Play service for my involvement in the program. No compensation was received for this post.