Do you remember making paper footballs when you were younger? It seems like all little boys love making these. They are super easy and fast to make. (perfect sequencing activity…first, next, then, last) If you're not sure, just Google “how to make a paper football” and several step by steps will show up. I let students write their articulation words, vocabulary words, etc. on them (see picture below) and we try to score through the LEGO goal posts. Yep, we make those too. Sometimes, I have the pile of LEGOs and they have to “earn” the bricks to build the goal post before we can play football.
I also love using some football related books.
A few of my favorites for younger kids are Hooray For Fly Guy by Ted Arnold (think articulation – /R/, /FL/, Turkey Bowl (great for Thanksgiving time) Kick the Football, Charlie Brown (I love Charlie Brown for vocalic /ar/) and Kick, Pass, & Run (this one has great football terminology).
Some great chapter books are Football Genius (and the series by Tim Greene), The Extra Yard (Mike Lupica writes great sports books for boys). I always grab a few during the school book fair – they always have some “football all-stars” for the current year. Non fiction reads are always a hit. And the boys think I'm cool. So, there's that.
Download a Vocalic R No Prep Football Articulation Freebie HERE. If you like it, you can purchase the full resource with 68 pages of no prep football-themed articulation for later sounds!
Thanks for reading! I hope you got a few ideas to keep those sports-loving kids engaged a little more this fall!