A close up of a football ball

Getting Ready for the FIFA World Cup

June 13, 2018

It’s that time again! The FIFA World Cup is just around the corner, and Mr Boo and Roo are getting super excited about all the upcoming games. Fortunately, all England’s group matches, as well as those during the knockout stages, are taking place outside school hours and finishing at a reasonable time, so at least I don’t have that as a worry. I’ve already been told that the TV is booked up for all England games!

A close up of a football ball
Who will take home the trophy at the World Cup 2018?

Roo’s interest in football has continued to grow since that first training session three years ago, and she’s now as big a fan of the game as her dad.

With eight Liverpool F.C. players, including two for England (Henderson and Alexander-Arnold) and one for our group opponent Belgium (Mignolet) representing seven different nations at the football World Cup, Mr Boo has yet to select his World Cup outright winner. His heart says England, but the brain says Brazil.

Keeping the other two (and myself) busy, I have been searching the internet for football-related activities and crafts to do. I’ve come across quite a few things to make. Feel free to use my ideas or build on them to keep your families happy this summer.

Colouring in Pages

Loads of colouring pages related to the World Cup are out there. Just search for FIFA “World Cup soccer colouring pages”; here you’ll notice the American spelling and use of “soccer” gives more results. Rather than sticking to football-related images, why not try finding all the flags of the 32 participating nations and colour them in? Attach them to a long string and you have your World Cup bunting ready to decorate your room. As an alternative bunting, you could cut out shapes of players and decorate them, including jerseys, shorts and socks all in team colours.

Get a set or two of new colouring pens or felt tips and your little ones should be busy for a while.

Fabric Football

Try making a lovely fabric football, which seems easy enough. I am planning to let Tigger and Piglet select their fabrics and then Tigger and I can hand sew them together. You never know, Mr Boo may even give up one of his Liverpool F.C. jerseys so I can add the logo to one of the panels!

Tin Can Alley

A wooden table
Have you heard of the tin can alley game?

Remember those tin cans stacked on top of each other at the county show? Using the same idea but with fabric footballs (you could even make one as suggested above), this could be turned into a great World Cup game for everyone.

If you don’t already have any suitable tins at home, you could use large plastic glasses, toilet paper rolls or buy a set from Amazon.

Football Boule

Play it like the original game but use footballs instead. If you don’t have enough footballs around, perhaps use tennis balls or bean bags. By using small bean bags, you could play this game indoors. After all, it’s summer, and the English weather is always rather unpredictable.

Let the World Cup Begin

With Roo being such a big football fan and loving playing and watching the games together with Mr Boo, there is no way we’ll miss out on the World Cup fever in this house. We’ll keep you posted any other ideas we come across. Stay tuned.

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