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How to Make a Paper Football - Origami Instruction Sheet

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 2 - 7

Learn how to make a paper football with step-by-step instructions.

Origami Paper Folding for Kids – How to Make a Paper Football

If you’re looking for something new and different to bring into the classroom during the weeks leading up to the biggest football game of the year, try our Origami Paper Football Activity!

This download includes detailed, step-by-step directions for students to follow while creating their own paper footballs. This activity is a great way to keep students engaged and entertained, and it can also serve as an interactive review tool for subjects such as math, science, and history. Simply set up a makeshift goalpost in your classroom, break out your review questions, and have students team up to answer questions and kick field goals to earn points!

With this set, your students can have a bit of friendly competition in the classroom in the days leading up to Game Day or use their footballs during indoor recess. It’s a perfect way to make learning fun and is an excellent addition to any classroom. 

More Ways to Use Finger Football in the Classroom

There are many ways that kids can use paper footballs, especially around those big bowl games. Some ideas include:

🏈Using paper footballs as a math tool. For example, students can use them to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
🏈Use the paper footballs to review vocabulary by having students come up with vocabulary words on a sheet of paper and then use the paper footballs to “kick-off” words to their classmates.
🏈Have a friendly paper football tournament in the classroom. Students can compete against each other in a bracket-style tournament to see who will be the ultimate paper football champion.
🏈Have a paper football “kick-off” to start class. This can be a fun way to get students energized and focused for the day ahead.
🏈Incorporate a paper football game into a social studies lesson. For example, students can learn about the history of football and the different teams that play in the NFL.
🏈Use the paper footballs to play “Around the World” or “Horse.” Students can take turns making the paper football into a cup or basket.

🏈Download your printable origami football instructions and get started on some Football Fun!🏈


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