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Football Fever

It’s fall and time for football!

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Get in the spirit of the game with your kids as they make this mini-football goalpost and ball. With a few easy-to-find items, they’ll be scoring field goals in no time.
It’s fall and time for football! Get in the spirit of the game with your kids as they make this mini-football goalpost and ball. With a few easy-to-find items, they’ll be scoring field goals in no time.
What You’ll Need
  • Ruler

  • Paper (8 ½ x 11”)

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Paint marker

  • Chenille stick

  • Small cardboard box or small paper cup

  • Scissors

  • Pebbles

To Make the Football
  1. Use a ruler to cut the paper into a 2-inch-by-11-inch strip.

  2. Starting at one end, make diagonal folds with the paper until you reach the other end. 

  3. Tuck any extra paper into the opening of the triangle, and glue it shut.

  4. Color the triangle to look like a football.

To Make the Goalpost
  1. Fold the chenille stick in half. Twist together the bottom 2 inches. Then bend the top into a goalpost shape.

  2. Ask an adult to poke a hole in the middle of the small cardboard box or paper cup. Put a few pebbles in the bottom. Then push about 1 inch of the goalpost’s twisted end through the hole in the top of the container. Glue in place.

  3. Decorate the box or cup.

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Talk with your child about the different shapes that make up this football game. What shape is the football? And what shape is a real football? Although little hands may be too small to properly throw a full-size football, you and your child can still have fun tossing the ball and watching as it bounces in different directions.  

Older kids: Sports games at school can get serious quickly. Help your child read this story about friends, quick thinking, and teamwork during an intramural flag football game. Or encourage your child to try some of these fun ideas at your next football game viewing.

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