Soccer, the lively game that captivates millions of people from around the globe, isn’t just about perfect passes, epic matches, and a game-winning goal. It’s a sport that ignites a fire within our hearts, fueling our passion and inspiring creativity in unexpected ways. Today, we invite you to engage your little soccer player with an easy soccer craft that is perfect for home, school, or celebrating after a big game.
In this post, learn how to turn a paper plate into a simple soccer ball craft. We’ll provide step-by-step instructions, a few handy tips, and video inspiration.
Whether you’re a devoted soccer fan, a creative spirit, or a busy mom searching for an engaging activity for your little ones, this sports craft will take your love for the game to new heights.
Paper Plate Soccer Craft
Designed to engage young minds, this paper plate soccer ball craft offers numerous benefits for kids of all ages. Perhaps most blatantly, this craft provides an opportunity to develop fine motor skills through painting and cutting.
Additionally, making a soccer craft is a great way for kids to show their love for the game! Whether they are a player, a fan, or both, painting a miniature paper soccer ball is a fun way to connect with other soccer enthusiasts. Kids can experiment with different colors, patterns, and designs, creating a truly personalized masterpiece.
And of course, the process of crafting is relaxing and meditative, allowing kids to unwind and de-stress.
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Craft Supplies Needed for This Project
Before diving into this great craft, make sure you’ve got all the right supplies:
How to Make This Craft
This free printable soccer craft is perfect for little hands. Follow the instructions below to learn how to make it.
STEP 1: Download and print the craft template. The digital download for this soccer activity is available for free on our website. Download it by clicking the link in the craft supplies list. The PDF file includes 6 small pentagon outlines for kids to color and decorate.
STEP 2: Paint the pentagons. We used our favorite Crayola Washable Paint because it’s easy to clean and dries with an interesting texture. If you don’t have washable paint, you could use:
- A soccer stamp
- Ripped construction paper pieces
- Tissue paper squares
- Cotton swabs dipped in paint
- Pom poms
- Crayons, Kwik Stix, dot art markers, or colored pencils
- Cut-up recycled gift tags
- Fingerprints dipped in ink or paint
- A small toy soccer ball dipped in black paint
The possibilities are endless!
STEP 3: Cut out the pentagons. When the shapes are completely colored and dry, use scissors to cut them out.
Our template boasts thick black lines, making it great cutting practice for preschoolers, kindergartners, and kids in first grade.
STEP 4: Glue the pentagons to the plate. Glue the pentagons to your paper plate as pictured below. When the glue is dry, your soccer craft is complete!
Hang the soccer ball on a bulletin board or your refrigerator, or thread yarn through several balls to make a banner to celebrate World Cup soccer. It will be the perfect sporty addition to your classroom or home decor.
Take it Further
- Read a book about an influential soccer player.
- Make this craft while watching a championship game.
- Visit a local soccer field and kick balls into the goal.
- Make a rainbow of soccer balls!
- Cut out an extra circle to turn this craft into a card for Father’s Day. Pair it with a game ticket to Dad or Grandpa’s favorite college team!
- Research why soccer balls are made up of pentagons and hexagons.
- Tape a popsicle stick to the back of your soccer ball to make a puppet.
- Instead of painting the soccer ball black and white, invite your child to create their own design. Offer additional craft supplies such as glitter or puffy paint so they can really make it their own!
- Use this craft as a station or center in your classroom while learning about the letter “S.”
- Make this craft at a soccer-themed party or end-of-season banquet.
- Invite your child to write a story or poem about soccer.
- Attend a high school soccer game and cheer for your home team.
- Register for a local club soccer team.
- Paint the soccer ball in your school colors.
- Research a soccer trick, such as nutmeg, and try it at home!
- Make an Olympic-Inspired Torch Craft to celebrate soccer at the Summer Olympics.
More Soccer Crafts (Football Crafts) for Kids
Looking for more craft ideas? You may also enjoy:
- Recycled Newspaper Soccer Ball Craft via In the Bag Kids Crafts
- Finger Football Game via Red Ted Art
- How to Make a Soccer Ball Piñata via Mum in the Mad House
- Football Goal Craft via In the Playroom
- Soccer Craft Template
- White cardstock
- Washable paint
- Paper plates
- Download and print the craft template. The digital download for this soccer activity is available for free on our website.
- Paint the pentagons. We used our favorite Crayola Washable Paint because it’s easy to clean and dries with an interesting texture.
- Cut out the pentagons. When the shapes are completely colored and dry, use scissors to cut them out.
- Glue the pentagons to the plate. Glue the pentagons to your paper plate as pictured below. When the glue is dry, your soccer craft is complete! Hang the soccer ball on a bulletin board or your refrigerator, or thread yarn through several balls to make a banner to celebrate World Cup soccer.