Super Bowl Math Game

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You may have noticed, I’ve been writing a lot of math blog posts lately. I’m super focused right now on bringing fun, hands-on ways to learn math into our home. With the Super Bowl fast approaching, I was starting to have mathy thoughts again, thinking of how we could use this fun theme to learn.

Superbowl Score-It! Math Game -- Creekside Learning

If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you may know that The Husband loves to cook, especially for a crowd.  I am usually the chief entertainer of kiddos when he is busy in the kitchen, so I decided to come up with a game for the kids to play during the big game. And I snuck some math in there, ’cause, you know, that’s how I roll.

Superbowl Score-It Math Game from Creekside Learning

Super Bowl Score-It!

The object of the game is to shoot your paper football into the grass for a Touchdown and  through the goal post for a Field Goal.  Take 10 turns for each team and whoever gets the most points wins.  Then play lightning rounds, with both teams shooting simultaneously as many times as they can in 60 seconds.

Make Your Own Super Bowl Score-It! Game

Gather your supplies.  You will need:

  • Two 1-gallon Rubbermaid Take Along food storage containers.
  • Sharpie markers in the team colors.
  • Shredded green paper.
  • Popsicle or craft sticks.
  • Glue (I used hot glue) and tape.

I bought both the Rubbermaid food storage containers and the Sharpie set with $1 coupons off of each product at Target.  You can text COUPONS to TARGET on your phone and receive the same coupons now through February 8, 2014. More on that in a moment.

Supplies for Superbowl Score-It! Game

First, glue your craft sticks together to form two goal posts.
Goal posts with craft sticks

Next, decorate your goal posts with Sharpie markers. We chose the colors of the teams that are playing in the Super Bowl this year, while risking scowls from The Husband that we were being disloyal to his beloved Steelers. I’m sorry, honey. 
Superbowl Goal Posts | Creekside LearningThen, channel your inner-middle-school-child and fold a paper football.  Color it with Sharpie markers.
Paper Footballs | Creekside LearningNext, fasten the goal posts into your Rubbermaid containers. I used packaging tape to keep them secure.  Fill the containers with the shredded green paper.  Now your field is ready.
Superbowl Math Game:  Score-It!

Next, make your rules…

Superbowl Score-It! Rules

…and your score sheet.

Superbowl Score-It! Score Sheet: Play With Math!

You are ready to play. You could do this on a table top or the floor.

Playing Superbowl Score-It! Math Game

Here are my two game testers: Firefly, my 9 year-old son, and my niece, who is 24 but assured me she is not too old to be included in kid games and immediately challenged Firefly to play against her.  Even though she had many more years of paper football flicking experience, Firefly proved to be a skilled player. It was a proud moment for me. We are hoping a college paper-football scholarship is in his future.
Superbowl Score-It! Math Game | Creekside LearningIf you’re playing with a group, you can assign a scorekeeper, or have players keep track of their own score.

Keeping Score: Superbowl Score-It! Game

We really had fun with this game! I can’t wait to try it out with our friends on Super Bowl Sunday.

Superbowl Score-It! Math Game

Want to create this game for your kids just for fun or for your Super Bowl party? Don’t forget, you can get coupons for $1 off  Rubbermaid food storage products and $1 off  Sharpie 4-pack or larger products by texting the word COUPONS to TARGET on your phone until February 8th, 2014.

I love getting coupons on my phone because I am the type of person who loves the idea of coupons, but never remembers to bring them to the store. I actually got the coupons in the store, while I was standing in front of the display of Sharpie products. Well played, Target.

Happy Super Bowl, everyone. May your team win or your commercials be spectacular or the food be fabulous, whatever excites you about the big game.

Play With Math:  Superbowl Score-It Game