How to Make a Paper Football Tutorial + Football Game Instructions

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Keep the kids busy and challenge them to a game of paper football! Instructions on how to fold a paper football and how to make a paper football game below.

football goal made of craft sticks

If your kids love football then they will love NFL-Opoly Junior and this awesome 2 in 1 Football Zone which is perfect to use inside or outside to play! But for the big game day if you need to keep kids occupied you should definitely spend a few minutes helping them make paper footballs to play with!

It’s also a cheap and easy game to have the kids in your classroom make! Below is a tutorial that will walk you through how to make them, and how to play!

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how to fold a paper football

Paper Football Game Supplies Needed:

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How to Setup Paper Football Instructions:

To make the goal post for your paper football game, just follow the steps below!

  1. Glue three popsicle sticks unto a “U” shape like the picture above. Hot glue is the quickest but you can use any glue that you want to.
  2. Glue one craft stick at the bottom middle of the “U” shape to complete the main frame of the goal post.

You’ll need to repeat this step twice to create two goal posts – one for each end of the “field”.

How to Fold a Paper Football:

paper football game Collage

Learning how to fold a paper football is easy, but it’s one of those things I can’t always remember how to make unless you are making them often! Above is a great visual step-by-step photo tutorial on how to fold a paper football. But I’ve written the directions out below if needed.

How to Fold a Paper Football:

  1. Grab a piece of paper – any type of paper will do! I typically grab a sheet of line paper or a piece of printer paper. Construction paper can work as well for a bigger football.
  2. Fold your piece of paper in half long ways.
  3. Fold your paper in half long ways again.
  4. Fold your paper over diagonally now.
  5. Wrap your paper around from one side to the other.
  6. Tuck the flaps of your paper in to form a square.
  7. Tuck in your other paper flap to form a square.
  8. Next, Fold one side in in order to form a triangle.

That’s it! Your paper football is done!

How to Make a Football Goal Post Stand:

1.Cut your styrofoam ball in half
2.Color Green.
3.Cut a small slit in the top and place your post in the slit
DIY Superbowl Kids Football Game Activity
Color your paper football brown and your goal post yellow.

Paper Football Game Instructions:

Each player will take turns trying to flick the football into their goal post by using one finger to hold the paper football. With the other hand, flick your paper football and try to aim it and make it through the goal post.

Take turns launching your paper football towards the goal post. If you make a goal it’s worth one point! You can choose a limit to your game before you start to determine whoever makes it to that number will be declared the winner. Or you can even make it a competition speed round where everyone is trying to make their highest goals by working within a specified time limit!

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