Before the kids decided on what their mascots would be, we did some research on current mascots to make an informed decision.
Here’s a quick printable list that I would call fairly accurate;) Accurate enough. Made impulsively so we could do some graphing. Shared with love. 2012MadnessMascotList
I gave them a couple of graph options, they chose a picture graph, which is especially nice when you don’t have graph paper…but 8, 6.5 and 5 year olds make different sized Xs, so we used it as a teachable moment. After reading through the list, the kids came up with these categories. They know people are mammals, but wanted to divide that one up. No amphibians or fish on the list this year.
As I’m writing this post I found this site that breaks down college mascots way better than we did. We may let this inspire us as the field of mascots as the kids make their Sweet 16 March Madness Jr Brackets. I also came across a neat graphing online tool that will be challenging/fun for my 8 year old.
For you mathaholics, the 1st round games weren’t finished yet so we were missing a few mascots. I’m totally bummed the Banana Slugs team didn’t move on, but then again..how could they? They’re slugs. Is there a team with a sloth as a mascot?
So, I’m left with a question to pose to my family today as we stay in our jammies watching the tournament. March Madness is the entire reason I became a stay at home mom;) Kidding. But it sure was a nice bonus that I will miss next year. Here’s the question…
If you picked a mascot to represent your family…what would it be?