How To Start A "Turkey Bowl" Thanksgiving Tradition With Flag Football


Are You Ready For Some Football? 

It's hard to believe, with it being one of the strangest years ever, that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As with most things, it may look a little different this year, with fewer loved ones gathering all together and fewer traditions. 

If you've got little ones at home and haven't started a football tradition yet, this may be the perfect year to start an Annual Turkey Bowl! 

What is a Turkey Bowl? 

Turkey Bowl is a game of flag football played every year on or around Thanksgiving morning. It's usually not super competitive, but just a fun way for families to get active before having a gluttonous day of eating and sitting the rest of the day. It's also a great way to get kids interested in Football. Young kids don't typically enjoy watching NFL games on TV, but they do love to play!

What do you need to play?

At the basic level, you'll need a Football, Waistband Flags and Cones (or something to mark an area). Our Flag Football Starter Kit For Kids is perfect for a Turkey Bowl. It comes with waistband flags that fit kids perfectly, a ball that's easy for them to handle, cones, a whistle and other fun stuff that help you teach your child the basics of how to throw, catch, keep score, and how to play. 

Start Playing!

If this is the first time your kids are playing football, it's important to first teach them how to grip the ball properly (along the seams), how to step and throw and how to catch it and pull the ball in to their body. 

Next, show them how to grab a flag off someone else's waistband. 

Now it's time to teach them what a touchdown is -- show them in the space you've made with the cones how to make a touchdown (then teach them about doing a touchdown dance!). 

Split your family up into two teams and establish some rules. Start by making it easy for kids to understand. First team to get 4 touchdowns usually is a simple way to start. 

The object of the game is for each team to move the ball down the field into the touchdown zone. If a player has his/her flag pulled, the ball is "dead" and you start again. Players can move the ball by passing it to teammates, handing it off, or just running with the ball. 

Make a Reward for the Winner!

Since it's Thanksgiving, it's super fun to come up with an annual reward -- it could be getting the first (or biggest) slice of pie, picking the movie your family will watch, or you can have the kids make a trophy using paper plates! Adding an awards ceremony is a touch that will keep the kids bragging about the Turkey Bowl until next year!

We wish you a safe, fun and happy Thanksgiving!


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