So what do you do when your kids want to play football and you can’t go out? (You know, corona virus lockdown?) You can’t play it inside either because you’ve got a tiny apartment. Besides the neighbors would love all that banging around the walls and echoing through our Andalusian halls. Well, we don’t even have a view of the outside world. But, being an aMERRYcan with access to a roof terrace (or any decent size area for that matter), I say YES YOU CAN play football. . . ROOFTOP PAPER FOOTBALL, that is (or soccer for you my fellow ‘Mericans 😊). The video is down below.
“Yay! Let’s play,” the children say!
It’s one of the many outdoor things to do with your kids during the corona virus quarantine. Or after. And it’s a great father and son bonding or family fun time as you enjoy a do-it-yourself game with your kids.
You can do this too. It’s simple. It’s FUN! And doesn’t cost a dime. Only your time. . . with kids at play outside!
This is especially for you, if you’re like us–trapped in a place with no space. No backyard. No frontyard. Not even a junkyard to run to!
No upstairs. No downstairs. Just always on each others hairs.
It’s good exercise for this stay-at-home father of dragons. . . cute little good ones though. Good outdoor exercise for all.
The kids came up with that; Karol in particular. While we were hanging laundry in the first week of the coronavirus lockdown here in Spain, he crumpled up a piece of paper in his desperation to play football and said,
Hey Tata! Look, we can play paper football!Karol of free electrons family
His younger brother Ka’s face lit up ’cause he loves football too. And so, we’ve been playing rooftop paper football every chance we get ever since.
True what they say though; boredom breeds creativity. . . or is it desperation? Maybe, a little bit of both?
[Hey, If you wanna skip all my gobbledygook and just get to the video, just scroll down to the bottom! I won’t be offended.]
It’s the 17th day of the coronavirus locked down here in our little-big village of Jerez de la Frontera. So far so good.
The kids have adapted quite well being indoors. The one really difficult thing for them to live without is football. They miss playing football. You know, they train at school twice a week and a couple of times more out of school. So what do you do?
We don’t play football at home at all. We have a house rules. That is, we don’t play ball–any type of ball–inside the house. They did in the beginning but that was not a smart idea mainly because our house is small and there too many things to break.
We also have neighbors and the constant banging of a ball on a door, will just drive everyone nuts, us parents included, especially since everyone’s at home. To the rescue comes our older boy, Karol.
Amazing what a child’s mind can come up with, using just a crumpled piece of paper, torn out of a grocery store advertisement magazine. Hey, isn’t this also a good way to promote an environmentally friendly use of used paper?!!?? You know: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle!
That was on the second day second or third day of self-isolation and we’ve been playing it ever since, every time it’s sunny. At least when it’s not raining we’d go up there and play our DIY version of rooftop football for a good 30 minutes to 1 hour.
how to make paper football in six seconds
- Pull-out/tear out full pages from an old magazine or a grocery store advertisement paper or any used paper for that matter (except toilet paper, unless you want to innovate and up the ante of the game!)
- Roll up a couple of pages into a nice ball (as best as you can), making sure to wrap one over another
- You can adjust the the weight or density and size of the ball by pressing the balls harder to make smaller balls, adding more paper around the initial ones as you please (the heavier you want it, the more you will need to crumple).
- That’s it! No need to be analistically perfect about it. You can always make more!
HOW TO MAKE better PAPER FOOTBALL IN 12 SECONDS
After a couple of days, my lovely angelic wife came up with an innovation to the original rolled up piece of paper. SHE USED TAPE!!!! WTFree electrons family!???!?!?!!?
Brilliant! That added another 6 seconds to my job! But it LASTS LONGER. . . I’m talking about a couple of days longer!
How did she do that?
Same initial process as above (steps 1 to 3 for you old and ailing happy house husbands out there, like me!).
5. Then, put a scotch tape (or paper tape, or any other inexpensive tape that you have around. . . but NOT cassette tapes though!) around it. Go along the north-south axis for you GEO-geeks!
6. Put another one along the East-West line.
7. And here is my innovation (it only took me 2 weeks later! Yeah, yeah, I’m OLD!): Put 2 more along the diagonal lines. Now, you’ve got a really solid one that won’t fall apart easily!
That’s it! EASY PEASSY, Mr. CHEESEY!
short youtube video of kids playing rooftop PAPER FOOTBALL/soccer in spain
Finally, here’s a little 3.5-minute video that we put together of the kids (and a bit of us) playing DIY improvised, ROOFTOP PAPER FOOTBALL/SOCCER with the steeple of the Church of San Miguel overlooking us. The shots were taken in the the first week of the coronavirus cuarentena here in Jerez.
The only thing I worry about is losing the ball to our neighbors or down to the street. Hell, I was chewed by a cop on motorbike when I went out to get a ball, telling me I had no business out. I mumbled my way out saying it’s all for the kids and adding “Picha” under my breath. . . ok, maybe just in my thoughts. But he was ready to give me a ticket or something!
Now, this little improvised old skool DIY game has provided all of us fresh air, sun and some serious exercise. Who wouldathunk how a little area can provide such FUN and FREEDOM!
Try it out. Have fun. Then, giveus some more ideas on what to do with kids during this corona lockdown period and the years to come!
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