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Get Active – Shoe Box Football

Tuesday 9th August 2016

With the upcoming Euro 2016 football tournament, try out this challenging craft which could be completed over a number of weeks.


  • Scissors
  • Colouring Pens
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  • Shoebox (field of play)
  • Table Tennis Ball
  • 6 wooden dow rods
  • 12 wooden clothes pegs (players)
  • Selection of Paints/Coloured Card
  • 4 bottle lids (feet)
  • String Double-sided tape
  • Glue


1. Cut out a large goal on either end of the box.

2. Check the height needed for holes in the side of the box, by putting clothes pegs on dowel and ensuring the pegs can move without hitting the bottom of the box. Make holes in each side of the box for the dowel to go through evenly spaced out.

3. Paint the wooden dowels in team colours (3 for each team) so it is clear which team they operate. Once dry wind string over double sided tape on the rods to make a handle that is easy to grip.

4. Paint clothes pegs in team colours (6 for each team).

5. Decorate the inside of your box, paint or use a piece of card to make the pitch, and paint or use printed images around the outside to show a crowd or your team name/badge.

6. Put the dowel and clothes pegs together, suggest 1 dowel with goal-keeper, 1 dowel with 3 outfield players and 2 players as attackers (you could add additional dowels with more players or different combinations).

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