Football is a universal language. Children are brilliant at finding patches of grass or dirt to start a game using bags, shoes or stones to form goal posts. And when it comes to sourcing a ball the creativity doesnâ€™t stop. Weâ€™ve seen kidsÂ use banana leaves, rags, and plastic bags to make their own handmade balls.
This summer, why not have a go at making your own homemade football. This is a great activity to run as part of a youth group, holiday club or with your own kids. With the Premier League starting soon, why not hold a football tournament with the children using your homemade ball?
To make a football you will need:
- 20 plastic bags
- A newspaper
- String or garden twine
1) Scrunch up some newspaper to form the centre of your football (about the size of a large orange).
2) Place the paper ball in the first bag. Pull the bag around your paper ball and twist a couple of times.
3) Wrap the remaining part of the bag over the ball again, twisting to secure. For larger bags you may need to repeat this process a few times.
4) Tie the ends off neatly, trying not to create any lumps.
5) Repeat adding more and more bags until youâ€™re happy with the size. Try to space out the tied-off ends so you keep a circular shape.
6) Use a thicker plastic bag for the last layer as this will make your ball durable.
7) Wrap your string or twine around the ball a couple of times and knot to secure. Then turn the ball 90 degrees and repeat. Continue to do this until youâ€™ve worked your way around the ball. For added strength try weaving the string in and out.
8) Tie off the string in a final double knot and youâ€™re ready for a game!
We hope you have fun this summer making and playing with your homemade football.
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