10 Thrilling Football Preschool Crafts

| Last Updated: February 1, 2023

Even children who aren’t football fans or players will love making the crafts on this list. These will help preschoolers develop important skills and teach them more about the sport while they’re having fun with their peers. 

So, whether you’re looking for activities to introduce sports or encourage the little ones to play outside, consider adding the suggestions below to your lesson plan. 

Great Football Preschool Crafts

Fine Motor Skills | Visual Perception Skills | Motor Planning

1. Paper Plate Football Craft with Lacing

Photo credit: inthebagkidscrafts.com

This craft is easy to put together — you can even have the children make several footballs in one session. The children can use this craft as decor in the classroom or props for football games.

Instruct the class to fold the paper plate in half and cut a crescent shape to form a football. With the plate still folded, use a hole punch to make a row of holes close together. 

Lay newspaper on the table and have the children paint the football according to their preferences. Once it dries, cut some white yarn and let the children lace it through the holes. Encourage the class to add their names to their footballs as a finishing touch. 


  • Black sharpie marker (optional)
  • Brown and white paint
  • Large pompom
  • Newspaper
  • Paper plate (9-inch coated)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Single hole punch
  • Small pompom
  • White yarn

Check out inthebagkidscrafts.com for other newspaper soccer ball crafts for preschoolers!

Fine Motor Skills | Scissor Skills | Concentration

2. Paper Plate Football Helmet Craft

Photo credit: woojr.com

Sports-themed discussions and parties will be more fun once you introduce this project to the class. Preschoolers can complete this craft with minimal supervision. 

Begin by tracing a face mask grid on the bottom half of the plate. Next, instruct the class to cut the face mask grid out of the paper plate and color it with paint. You can also provide stickers and other embellishments to give the class more design options.

Once the paint has dried, let the children flip the mask over and attach a craft stick to the bottom of the paper plate. They can use tape or school glue for this final step. 


  • Craft stick
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • School glue or tape
  • Scissors

For other fun and easy-to-make crafts, visit woojr.com today!

Sensory Development | Hand-Eye Coordination | Fine Motor Skills

3. Handprint Football Goal Keepsake

Encourage the little ones to play sports and help them remember the fall season with this keepsake. They can even use their favorite team colors to make their keepsake unique!

Squirt different paint colors on a paper plate and then paint both of the children’s hands with brown paint. Guide them as they press down their hands on the canvas.

Next, instruct them to paint straight lines coming down from the two handprints to make it look like a goalpost. Have them paint some grass on the bottom of the canvas and a football flying in the air. Finish by letting them add some stickers to the canvas. 


  • Baby wipes
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Large blank canvas 
  • Mod podge
  • Scrapbook stickers
  • Small paper plate
  • Washable craft paint (brown and green)

Other handprint craft ideas are presented on gluedtomycraftsblog.com, so make sure to visit their site! 

Fine Motor Skills | Pre-Writing | Focus

4. Number One Hand Signs Craft

Photo credit: daniellesplace.com

Let the children’s creativity shine with this activity. Encourage them to personalize their hand sign with their preferred colors and texts.

Print out the hand signs onto cardstock and let the children cut them out. Provide different coloring materials to the class, so they can decorate their hand signs. Show them how to glue their hand signs to jumbo craft sticks, and they’re done!


  • Cardstock
  • Coloring materials
  • Hand sign printable
  • Jumbo Crafts Stick
  • Markers
  • Tape or Glue

Head to daniellesplace.com to download the hand sign printable. 

Fine Motor Skills | Taking Turn | Social Skills

5. DIY Goal Post

Photo credit: allfortheboys.com

The class won’t have to go out to play football — with this craft, they can have a miniature version of the sport and play inside the classroom. This will surely keep them busy for hours!

Show the class how to fold straws to form a “U” shape, like the field goal posts, and then tape them into position. Cover an empty crayon box with duct tape and make a hole in the center, so the goalposts can stand. That’s it for the goalposts!

For the paper football, let the class fold a sheet of paper and cut it in half lengthwise. Have them fold the strip of paper and fold a triangle in one end until they reach the other end of the paper. Tuck the end of the paper to close the “football.”

Now that the materials are ready, teach the class to hold the football and flick it to get through the goalpost. You can turn this into a game and give a prize to the winner.


  • Duct tape
  • Paper
  • Straws

Look how fun children can play with this craft on allfortheboys.com.

Fine Motor Skills | Shape Recognition | Muscle Strength

6. Block Painted Football Craft

Photo credit: adabofgluewilldo.com

Before introducing this painting activity, read books about football to the class. Then, show them a picture of a football and discuss what it is and how it’s made. 

Have the children draw and cut a large oval out of light brown cardstock. Next, instruct the children to dip their blocks into brown paint and press it down on the oval. Teach them to lift their blocks carefully to reveal a pattern on the paper.

Let them repeat the process until the oval is filled with prints made from their blocks. Once the paint is dry, show the class to cut strips of white cardstock and glue them onto the oval. 


  • Blocks
  • Brown and white card stock
  • Brown paint
  • Glue
  • Paint bowl
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Try out other fun crafts on adabofgluewilldo.com to prepare the class for the football season. 

Fine Motor Skills | Sequencing | Hand-Eye Coordination

7. Woven Football

Photo credit: daniel4smom.com

This craft is fun to make right before the Super Bowl or during the fall. It doesn’t require any preparation as the class will only have to use paper.

Start by cutting a football shape out of brown paper and use it as a template for the class. Let them trace the shape, so they can have their own footballs. Then they’ll need to cut strips of paper that are as long as the widest part of the football. 

Show the class how to weave, starting on one end. Have them continue the process until they reach the top of their footballs. Trim some of the strips and let them glue everything in place. 

Guide the children to cut out one long strip and several short strips from white paper. Instruct them to glue the small strips across the long strip to complete the activity. 


  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White and brown colored paper

Visit daniel4smom.com for other football crafts perfect for preschoolers. 

Fine Motor Skills | Creativity | Focus

8. Paper Bag Football

Using only basic materials, the class will surely have a knack for making their own paper bag football. They’ll also get to design their footballs in any way they want!

Draw two footballs on the grocery bag and have the class color or paint the football. As it dries, instruct them to cut out two thick stripes, one thick line, and six small rectangles using white paper. These will be used as the bands and laces of the football. 

Provide newspaper to the children and let them crumple it into balls. Set aside and have them glue the pieces of white paper to the football. Cut out the football and start stapling but don’t staple all the way. Let the kids stuff the newspaper in before stapling it all the way.


  • Brown paint
  • Brown paper grocery bag
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • White paper

Find out more about this fun craft on notimeforflashcards.com.

Scissor Skills | Fine Motor Skills | Muscle Strength

9. Tissue Paper Cheerleader Pom Poms

Photo credit: typicallysimple.com

Help the class show their sport spirit by teaching them how to make these colorful pompoms. This craft is easy to make and requires affordable materials. 

Have the class take two sheets of tissue paper in their favorite team colors and fold them in half lengthwise. Instruct them to cut thin strips and then secure everything together with tape. Show them how to fluff up their pompoms. They’re now ready to cheer for their favorite football teams!


  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Check out how colorful these pompoms look on typicallysimple.com.

Fine Motor Skills | Pre-Writing | Vocabulary

10. Father’s Day Football Card

Photo credit: craftingjeannie.com

Teach the class to make this football card to make their dads happy on their birthdays or Father’s Day. It’s a pop-up card that preschoolers can make after following a few steps. 

Download and print the Football Father’s Day template and let the children cut out the shapes. Next, have them glue the lace onto the football. Making the pop-up section of the card is tricky, so it’s best if you take on this task. 

Once the pop-up square is finished, instruct the children to glue all of the details. Have the children sign the card, and it’s ready to be given to the special men in their lives!  


  • Colored copy paper, colored cardstock, or construction paper
  • Free Football Father’s Day Printable 
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

To download the printable, visit craftingjeannie.com


Incorporate football-themed crafts into your lesson plan to make classes more interesting and engaging for the little ones. These crafts are highly versatile, meaning you can use them to supplement different lessons during different seasons of the year! 

Regularly check our website to learn other preschool activities focused on different themes.

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