Did your soccer party get rained out? Keep this game in mind for any indoor party, especially a soccer party theme or a winter or holiday party. If it's a winter party, call it "Snowball Soccer"!
Time Required: 15-20 minutes
- Make the soccer balls: Just crumple up some plain paper; you can also use wrapping paper from birthday or holiday gifts. For "snowball soccer," you'll want to use white paper. Make two or three balls for every player.
- Designate goals. You can use a real, undersized net if you have one; set up a large box on its side; or mark off a space with tape or cones.
- Divide players into two teams. You can also make more teams--just add more goals. Or have kids play as individuals, tournament-style.
- Scatter the balls around the floor or yard, with the goals at either end of the playing area.
- Play! The object is simple: Players must get as many balls into their own goal as possible, without using their hands. Play until all the balls are in the goals, or set a time limit.
- If players are fighting over the last few balls, incorporate a time limit with an element of surprise. Stop the timer when there are two or three balls left.
- Determine in advance if you'll enforce a penalty for players who touch the ball with their hands. This could be a brief timeout, sitting out the rest of the match, or performing a physical activity like jumping jacks or knee raises.
- Variation: Instead of crumpled paper balls, use balloons (white ones for winter/holiday parties, colored ones for other themes).
What You Need
- White paper (or balloons) to make soccer balls
- Supplies for goals: cardboard boxes, painter's tape, small traffic cones, etc.