Themed crafts are a great way to teach young children about different subjects while keeping their hands busy and minds creatively engaged. Involve your preschoolers in the fun of sports-themed crafts by teaching them to make decorations during football season. Parents and kids can work on these simple activities during or after a game while talking about the sport. Display the finished creations proudly at during the next big game and at your Super Bowl party.
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Decorate a pennant or series of pennants based on your favourite team. Cut large rectangular pieces of felt in your team colours for the base of the pennant. Stitch two pieces together for a thicker pennant. Leave two small openings on either side of the wide end so you can string up your finished pennants. Once you have created the felt pieces, provide your preschooler with glitter glue, fabric paint, buttons, felt letters and other craft supplies for decorating. Help him spell out the name of the team or a favourite player. Hang your string of pennants up across the room or along the wall behind the television set in time for a big game.
Small paper footballs are to make. Cut out two football-shaped pieces of brown construction paper. Staple them together around the edges, leaving one end open. Stuff the shape with shredded paper or other soft stuffing and staple the final end closed. Decorate a large piece of green construction paper to look like a football field. Glue your finished football to the field for a 3D art project, or use the field as a game board and the footballs as playing pieces. You can have players start at opposite ends of the field and move toward the other end progressively with rolls of the dice, or make up your own rules.
Lacing crafts are popular for young children. These projects involve threading a piece of yarn through holes punched in a piece of thick paper or cardboard, and allow preschoolers to practice this simple sewing skill. To prepare for the craft, cut football shapes out of brown paper or dark cardboard. Use a hole punch to punch holes in the cardboard around the edges and down the middle, similar to the laces on a football. Thread white yarn onto a thick plastic needle with a blunt end. Do not use sharp needles with preschool children. Help your child to thread the yarn in and out of the holes. For a colourful twist, use yarn with your favourite team's colours.
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