As parents Tim and I enjoy watching TV shows and movies together because it’s free, it doesn’t require moving, and we can enjoy it after the kids are in bed. We’re incredibly exciting like that. Late night date night at home is our favorite because… pajamas. However, we like to watch sports as they are happening. Watching a recorded football game that you already know the outcome to just isn’t the same. So what do you do with the children? Ours aren’t particularly fond of sports yet. Joshua did play tee ball last year so he kind of likes to watch baseball for about 27 seconds, but then what? Forget about Olivia. If it’s not a cartoon don’t even bother.
So I came up with a plan in order to get through the game without whining, boredom, or meltdowns. With what you ask? Food, treats, and coloring pages of course. Almost 6 months ago a new Walmart was built just a couple of streets over making it ever so nice to pop in and grab a few things.
At only $4.50 DiGiorno makes it so affordable to get a pizza for every preference. The kids and I like cheese and Tim likes it with everything. It doesn’t just have to be for special occasions. Little Miss 3-year old loves pizza and asks for it almost every day. On rushed days or tired days we can have it out of the freezer and on the table quicker than ordering or picking it up from the local pizza place.
We were able to watch most of the game without too much interruption from cute littles. They were happily occupied with all the various activities. Olivia’s favorite is always the pizza. She’s my little carb queen. I think it helps not having to use utensils. Her little hands are still practicing, but sometimes they need a break!
Joshua could color all day if we let him, so I gave him some blank paper and football-themed print outs and he was a happy little camper. No fancy distractions needed here!
The game was a success! I’m glad that my plan worked because we’ll need to implement it again with future big games!
How do you entertain your little ones while you watch the game?