Keep your young children occupied when the adults in the house want to watch football with a kid version of the game. Not everyone is an avid football fan, but almost everyone will enjoy playing the simplified version of table football.
Paper or "flick" football is a game that is loosely based on the rules of American football, and it's an entertaining table game that all ages will love. The object of the game is for two opponents to flick a paper football across a tabletop to make a touchdown. A touchdown is when the ball hangs off the edge of the table without falling. After scoring a touchdown, the player gets to flick the paper football through the goal.
Some versions of the game require you to use your fingers to form a goal. Others suggest making a goal from wood craft or ice pop sticks. It's up to you to decide which version of paper football you want to play. After you make this football, make other footballs for your game-friendly household.
Equipment / Tools
- Hot glue gun
- Sharp serrated kitchen knife
- Bone folder or ruler
- 1 sheet 8.5-inch by 11-inch paper
- Black or brown marker (optional)
- 5 Thin wood craft sticks or ice pop sticks
- 2 1/2 inch Plastic foam ball
For the Football: Cut a Piece of Paper in Half
Fold the 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch sheet of paper in half vertically, from side to side ("hot dog" style).
Best Paper for Folded Footballs
You will have better luck folding your football when using thinner paper, such as computer or lined notebook paper, rather than thicker paper sheets. Often when using thick paper, it becomes almost impossible to fold the paper in the last steps of the project.
Prepare to Fold Your Rectangle
You should now have a paper rectangle that is approximately 4 1/4 inches tall by 11 inches wide. It's ready for folding.
Fold the Rectangle
Fold the paper rectangle lengthwise (bottom to top). Use a bone folder to sharply flatten the crease.
Bone Folder Substitute
Use a ruler to do the job of a bone folder if you don't have that specific tool.
Make the First Horizontal Paper Fold
Starting at the right end of the folded half sheet of paper, fold the upper right corner downwards so that the top right corner is now aligned with the bottom edge.
Why a Bone Folder Helps
Make sure to press each continuous fold down with your bone folder. This tool helps keep your paper football project folded evenly.
Make the Second Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right edge point and fold to the left.
Make the Third Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right point and fold upwards so that the point is aligned with the top edge.
Make the Fourth Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the top right point and fold so that the point is aligned with the top edge.
Make the Fifth Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the top right point and fold so that the point is aligned with the bottom edge.
Make the Sixth Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right point and fold so that the point is aligned with the bottom edge.
Make the Seventh Horizontal Paper Fold
Grasp the bottom right point and fold so that it is aligned with the top edge.
Make the Last Paper Fold
Fold the leftover paper diagonally onto itself from the bottom left corner toward the right, aligning the corner with the centerfold.
Tuck Into the Triangle Pocket
Tuck the left side of your triangle into the center pocket.
Making Better Tucks
You may have to fold over the left bottom tip to get it to slide easily into the center pocket. It may also help to squeeze the inner pocket open a bit to give you more room to push the left side of the triangle into the paper football.
Decorate Your Paper Football
Though optional, mark up your paper football with black or brown markers to make it look more like an authentic football.
For the Goal: Determine the Size
Determine how big you want your goal to be and use a sturdy pair of scissors to easily cut your craft or ice pop sticks to size.
Make the Goal's Frame
Glue the sticks together to form the goal post with hot glue.
Make the Goal's Base
Cut the plastic foam ball in half with a serrated edge knife. One half of the ball is the goal base, flat side down on the table.
Finish Your Goal
Stick the goal post frame into the top of the rounded plastic foam ball. Your goal stand is finished! If you want, make a simple garland to hang behind your goal.