Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Whether you are cheering on the Patriots or the Seahawks or not, you can still turn this popular American sport into a hands-on learning activity with this simple file folder game for kids I called Football Math Bowl!
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The Football Math Bowl is a fun file folder game that would be perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners to reinforce counting skills, as well as social-emotional skills such as taking turns, sportsmanship and perseverance. With a few supplies you can make your own football file folder game and host your own Superbowl!
- file folder
- green construction paper
- 2 other colors of paper for the end zones
- glue stick
- silver metallic marker
- two or more football player figures (ours are McDonald’s Happy Meal toys)
To make this football file folder game I first trimmed my green paper to fit in the file folder and glued it down. Then I used my ruler to measure for the lines. Starting at the center (50 yard line) I measured in one inch increments for the 40, 30, 20 and 10 yard lines on either side of the center line and drew the lines with silver metallic marker. Then I cut a strip of blue and red paper for the end zones on either side of the field, labeled them ‘HOME’ and ‘VISITOR’ with my silver metallic marker and glued it down. I also used white paper and markers to draw a circular emblem to glue in the center of my field.
How to Play
To play the Football Math Bowl file folder game, each player chooses a football player game marker and places their game markers at opposite ends of the field. Then each player takes turns rolling the die and moving the pieces across the field. The first player to reach their end zone and scores a touchdown wins! This is a very simple way to play, but I’m sure you could make it more challenging for older kids.
Caden was excited to play with his Dad last weekend, but needs to work on his turn-taking and sportsmanship skills. Even though this is a very quick game, he just didn’t have the patience to play at that time.
Check out this adorable Felt Valentine Math Mat for holiday learning on the go from my co-host Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!
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