When the "Big Game" rolls around even those typically less involved in sports become fans, sideline coaches, cheerleaders, and even a bit more competitive. Watching sports is a teachable moment where we can help our toddler's understanding of being a fan, celebration, and sportsmanship. Finding appropriate ways to celebrate sporting events, such as the SuperBowl, with your toddler is important and we should remember what our children can reasonably take-in during this adult-focused experience.
Engaging in the game. Watching sports together is an opportunity to work on vocabulary (hit, home run, goal, score, etc.) and understanding of rules (What are rules? Why do we need them in sports?). Depending on the age and sport, your toddler may not understand all of the game concepts. Take the occasion to broaden your toddlers knowledge and involve them in the experience.
Appropriate Content. While sporting events, such as the SuperBowl, are just as much about the ads as the actual game, remember the content is not always appropriate for young children. Many advertisers leak big game commercials online (using sites like YouTube) and you may find it helpful to preview ads if possible. Another option is to record the game and watch on a slight delay (20-30 minutes), allowing the parent/adult to forward through inappropriate ads.
Watching any game, whether soccer, tennis, football, or baseball, can be a fun family event. Here are a few ideas to further involve your toddler in game celebrations:
Have a fun idea for engaging your toddler in sports celebration? Please share below!
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