Make Your Own Soccer Ball

Homemade Soccer Ball (6)

After reading about homemade soccer balls used by kids the world over, specifically in Zimbabwe thanks to a Highlights magazine article, Travis was inspired to make his own! We sort of winged it on this one, but our little ball turned out great.

We only needed three items: a plastic bag, old newspaper, and string.

Homemade Soccer Ball (1)

First I helped Travis wad up newspaper and stuff into one small (3 gallon) plastic bag.

Homemade Soccer Ball (2)

I knotted it when about half full and pulled the bag inside out around the knot for a double layer. This was our “core.” We then repeated with a second bag and more newspaper, securing with a second knot and fold over.

Homemade Soccer Ball (3)

Knead with your hands into a more round shape if your ball is looking a bit oval. Now tie string around the outside. Four strings held ours tight.

Time to go play!

Homemade Soccer Ball (4)

Travis loved playing pass and taking shots on a goal. We were both so pleased with how well it rolled and held up.

Homemade Soccer Ball (5)

Next time you find yourself without a ball, don’t be daunted: make one!

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