Many toddlers find the sport of soccer intriguing. Whether you are planning a soccer party or simply teaching toddlers about the entertaining sport, prepare a variety of soccer ball crafts for the young children to do. Toddlers often have a short attention span, so it is best to plan crafts that are easy and simple. With a few supplies, some ideas and minimal adult supervision, toddlers can show off their creativity making soccer ball crafts.
Print pictures of soccer balls or use soccer ball coloring pages. Have the toddlers use crayons and markers to color pictures of soccer balls. Most toddlers love to paint, so if you do not mind the mess, allow them to paint the soccer ball pages. Help the toddlers learn how to cut with child safe scissors. They can cut out the soccer balls and glue them to a sheet of paper. Another idea is to poke a small hole in the top of the soccer ball when they cut it out and hang it up from the ceiling using fishing line.
Cut out two round pieces of white felt both the same size. Sew the two pieces together leaving only a small gap. Let toddlers stuff cotton balls or fiberfill stuffing into the hole. Finish sewing the gap for each toddler and give it back to him. Cut several octagon pieces of black felt for the toddlers to glue all over the plush soccer balls. Alternatively, the toddlers can use a black fabric marker to draw the black octagon squares on the soccer ball.
Give the toddlers white playdough to roll in the shape of a ball. After they have the ball made, give them black playdough to make the soccer ball's spots. Tell the children to make small, medium and large soccer balls. To make keepsake soccer balls, have the toddlers use self-hardening clay instead of playdough. The clay will dry overnight and the children can keep the soccer balls they make. For another idea, cut the soccer balls in half before they dry. After they dry, hot glue a magnet to the back of each one to create an art piece for the refrigerator.
Other crafts include a paper plate and photo frame soccer ball. Give each toddler a white paper plate and have her use a black marker or crayon to draw the dots to create a soccer ball. Hang the pictures on the wall. For a picture frame soccer ball, cut out two white circles the same size. Cut a square shape in the middle of one of the circles. Glue a picture on the circle without the hole and place the circle with the hole over the picture. Draw black octagon dots on the white foam showing to make it resemble a soccer ball.
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