DIY Mini Football Table for Kids

DIY with shoebox

Reuse of shoebox

Have you ever thought about using a shoebox differently? Often these types of boxes go to waste or ends up creating volume inside our cabinets, but they can be used for various purpose, including this mini football table for kids.

Football is an excellent activity for kids! Playing with mini format kickers is even more fun and that too if you have made it by yourself with kids.

Here are few instructions which can be easily implemented with kids. I made this with the material at home, you can do decoration of your choice.

DIY mini football table for kids

Supply list for mini football table

  1. Shoe Box
  2. 12 Straw (buy this here).
  3. Clothespin (buy this here)
  4. Utility knife (buy this here)
  5. Marker (buy this here)
  6. Ruler 
  7. Wrapping Paper/decoration of your choice (buy this here)
  8. Ping Pong Ball (buy this here)

Step 1: Start by drawing the goals on the short sides of the box. Make it large enough for the ping pong ball to pass through, but not overly wide either. Otherwise, it is of course very easy to score. Carefully cut out the goals with a knife.

Step 2: Then mark six dots on each long side, depending on the size of the box, you ensure that there is the same amount of space between each dot, for example, six centimetres. In terms of height, the dots should be slightly above the centre of the box. The first one from the goal may be about 2 to 3 centimetres from the side because that’s where the keeper comes.

Step 3: Now carefully make a hole at the location of each dot by first making a cross with the knife and then inserting the scissors a bit and turning it carefully. Tip: then use a somewhat thicker ballpoint pen; insert it and turn it around until it is a smooth hole. You do this for all dots on both sides.

Step 4: Now it’s time to decorate the box. As I was having this beautiful wrapping paper, I covered it with this. You can decorate it with any of your choices. Make sure you keep the goals clear. Now again make the hole properly.

Step 5: Now you make the sticks for the box. Each team gets its colour, so you make three sticks of one colour and three of the other. Grab a straw and insert enough skewers to fill the straw in diameter (I was not having skewers that time) Make sure you put half of the skewer in the straw – over the other half of the skewer you slide another straw of the same colour. This way you get along and tightly connected stick where the pegs will arrive later. In total, you make six sticks.

Step 6: Pass the sticks through the shoebox from one long side to the other. Make sure that the sticks are alternately coloured in the box. Then it is time to hang the pegs, or the players, on the sticks. Each team has five players: on the first stick from the goal comes the keeper (one peg) and you hang two on the other sticks. All players in position? Ping-pong ball in the field and kick-off. You can still decorate the goals with the colours of the team so that it is clear who should score where. Colour the players(peg) in the team colour, for example, you can see I have coloured it with Green and blue colours.

DIY mini football table for kids

It is indeed a great way to spend quality and fun time with kids you have around. If you have kids who are football crazy, you can help them make this awesome, mini football field fit for two players. My kids love it, not because they can play football with each other, but because that helped me in making it.

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Picture credit: My daughter

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I am an energetic mom of two kids, still learning the ropes of it. I am so excited to start writing about tips, tricks, and advice on things of everyday life.

(9) Comments

  1. This one is great! 🙂 My child was enrolled in Georgia ( and we have to make some fun learning materials for our kids and will show them to the teacher. Will try to make this one. It is cute and very resourceful.

  2. Thanks, Lyn! Glad that you liked it, kids will surely enjoy playing with this. It is super easy to make ✌.

    1. Wow this is great. It looks super cute. And, indeed amazing way to engage kids. Thank you for sharing this. Would share this with the little ones in the family.

  3. Oh wow!!! will do this with our next delivery box coming and my daughters would go ballistic!!!haha..aside from they love recycling boxes and making/using it into crafts (hello mess!) this game is one that would keep them busy! Can’t wait do make it! It would be great to keep them away from TV and gadgets this Christmas holiday!

  4. This is so creative and innovative. Have always loved a football or foosball game, so this sounds really exciting. It looks like a foosball table.

  5. Wow super creative. I remember of this DIY and watched a Youtube video on this years ago but somehow would not be able to make it my place. you had done a great job. I am sure you kids had a great time with this activity.

  6. Oh My My what a lovely creation by you? Anjali you are so creative and I am glad to read this amazing DIY post

  7. This is absolutely creative. We could involve kids in the making and also make them play. Thanks for sharing will definitely try

  8. Resuing an old shoe box in such innovative manner is certainly a good idea. Plus in this DIY activity all the reqired things can easily be found at home. I will now empty one shoe box and start this activity in the winter holidays.

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