DIY Games for kids: easy (and fun!) table soccer

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DIY games for kids: table soccer players
DIY games for kids: table soccer players

DIY games for kids like table soccer are a perfect solution to keeping kiddos entertained at home. You can easily make table soccer players without breaking the bank. Use the suggested materials, or make/find your own household materials. Anything goes!

With kids out of school, it’s important to keep them engaged, feeling safe, secure, and HAPPY. We are doing all of the recommended schoolwork sent home by their amazing teachers, and we are also coming up with some of our own activities. I recently placed a small order on Amazon for some general craft supplies to keep us busy and entertained. I’ve also been eyeballing that almost-empty egg carton. So needless to say, table soccer was born! 

DIY table soccer is a cross between soccer, foosball, and ping-pong.

The best part about it is that the kids get to make their ball players and then get rewarded by playing a fun game after! Win-win! 

What you’ll need to make this DIY game for kids

Empty egg carton

Popsicle sticks (if you don’t have popsicle sticks, you can use sticks from outside, you can create a sturdy paper stick by cutting up cardboard boxes, or anything else lying around the house. Be creative!) 

Construction Paper

Glue (hot glue works the best, although any glue will do)


2 small balls (the size of a ping-pong) — we used foam balls that come with their toy shooters, but you can use a ping-pong ball, or you can make your own using anything round you can find in the house! If you only have one, that’s fine too. It’s just easier to have a backup ball ready to go!

DIY games for kids: how to make table soccer players

Step 1: Cut the egg carton into individual pieces. You will find that you end up with flaps on the front of some of them. You can cut those pieces off, or you can leave them as a goalie vest or added armor for your ball player! 

Step 2: Glue the top of each popsicle stick to the inside (back) of the egg carton piece. To get the glue to hold, press firmly while holding the pieces together for about one minute. This is a great opportunity to let the kiddos practice their counting to 60 skills! 

Step 3: Cut long strips of construction paper. Each strip should be about 1 inch wide and 8.5 inches long (or the length of your paper).  Roll or accordion fold each strip and then glue to the top of the egg carton ‘helmets’.

Step 3: Draw a face on the front of each egg carton helmet, and a number on the back of the popsicle stick if you want to give your players jersey numbers!

How to play table soccer

This game can be played with two or up to six players.

In a 2-player game, players should sit on opposite ends of the table. 

Flip a coin to determine who will go first. 

The first player sets the ball down and ‘kicks’ it with their popsicle stick soccer player. The receiving player will block the ball from going off the edge of the table by blocking and kicking it back to the other player. (Think ping-pong rules here!)  

If the kicking player gets the ball off the opposite side of the table, they get one point. 

The first player to five points wins!

When playing with more than 2 players, seat players equally around the table and follow the same rules. 

Enjoy! If you make this game using varying household materials, share your ideas with everyone here! I’d love to see pics of your soccer players. Feel free to comment below or tag me in your posts/stories on Facebook @joyistlifestyle & Instagram @joy_ist. 💛

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About LeeAnn Neumann

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Hi, I’m LeeAnn! I’m a boy mom, dog mom, crazy cat lady, and beach-living pizza lover living in Charleston, SC (and Minneapolis, MN!). I love creating recipes that have a major flavor impact without completely sacrificing healthy ingredients. Outside of recipe creation and kid-wrangling, I’m a kombucha brewer and professional photographer (Chucktown Art).  I try to experience my local foodie scene(s) as often as possible, and I love sharing my food-focused experiences!

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