From what I understand, there has been a decrease in football ratings over the last few years. However, that doesn’t stop football from being one of the best and most popular sports in America today. Grab these fun, free printables and worksheets for football fans in your homeschool to enjoy.
This post is part of the Learning About Sports Series
We live overseas (in the Kingdom of Tonga) where there is absolutely no American football. This is pretty unfortunate since the boys here are absolutely built for such a sport.
Many boys here have tree trunks for legs, run incredibly well, and hit like mac trucks. As a matter of fact, some of our friends in America call my husband “Concrete” just because of his build.
A part of me sometimes thinks about my son (10 years old now) playing peewee football league in his little cleats and football gear scoring a touchdown. I really appreciate the idea of kids playing team sports.
I understand the benefits of team sports and what they can do for our children. I am not saying all kids should join sports. I am saying that sports have the potential of teaching our children a few good things while they are young.
Team-sports can benefit our children with:
1. Interest-based learning
Learning sports does not have to be limited to play. You can use sports to teach your kids the history of that sport, who plays it, how it works, and even just do learning themes with that sport.
You can create a whole unit study in your homeschool around that sport with themed activities, themed printables and worksheets for different subjects (some are provided below), geography, history, and so much more. Teaching your child with themes that interest them increases what they learn and remember.
2. Learning outside of the box “stuff”
For instance, team sports provide you with an opportunity to grow your child’s knowledge base in a specific subject, like football.
We want our kids to be social; we want them to be able to enjoy things and find things they love. If you find your child enjoys a sport, teach them some cool facts about it so they can understand it better and so they can do a deep dive into something they are interested in.
Here are some interesting facts about American football that your football-fan homeschooler can learn:
-Canada was the first to integrate things like tackles and an oval ball into the American game.
– The football is oval-shaped because the first footballs were made from inflated pig bladders which have an oval shape.
– The National Football League (NFL) was formed in 1920 and only had 10 teams. The American League now has 32 teams.
– Canada has its own league called the Canadian Football League (CFL).
– Football actually evolved from rugby football. Its first game was played between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869.
– An NFL rookie earns an absolute minimum of $420,000 (USD) per year. A rookie! Note: I am trying to get my son to be a kicker after he plays rugby; we will see how that goes. He has no idea about my plans for his sporting career just yet.
A little child is content with a toy, another kid walks in the room with another toy, and immediately the first child wants the other toy. He doesn’t want to share it; he wants it for himself. Teamwork is something learned, and being part of a sports team can help teach your kids all about it.
In football, if kids don’t work as a team, the play fails. So the kids have to learn to work with each other and know that one play needs everyone to be on board. Kids have to trust each other, and games like football force kids to learn the value of working together to achieve a goal.
It takes an enormous amount of dedication and discipline to play a sport. Kids understand that they cannot become better players if they only show up. Even the best player still has to learn different skills, improve, and learn the plays, especially in a sport like football.
How easy is it for us to give up on things? It’s hard to stick to things even as adults. Sports teach kids the value of pushing through the difficult times, when things are not easy, or when you don’t feel like it.
6. Adjustment and the ability to change
Particularly in a sport like football, kids need to adapt to change. Whether it be a new play they have to suddenly be prepared for or a player that needs to be changed in the game, sports help kids adjust.
When kids can learn to adjust while they are young in sports, then they are better equipped to face the ever changing world we live in today.
There are so many other benefits to our children playing sports like creating healthy habits, exercise, keeping them active, developing a good work ethic, and more.
If you have a child who is interested in football, help him or her in whatever way you can to learn all about it.
Explore these learning resources along with free printables and worksheets for football fans in your home:
How to Learn Football for Kids | SportsRec
Football: Learn All About the Sport Football | Ducksters
Facts about Football for Kids | DK Find Out
Football Facts For Kids | Cool Fun Facts For Kids
Articles About Football for Reports and Summaries | Sports Illustrated Kids
Learning with football theme:
Using Ten Frames . . . and a FREE Football Set! | Primary Inspiration
FREE Football Extra Pack | 3 Dinosaurs
Football Math Center For Little Fans FREE Download | Mrs Jones Creation Station
The Big Game Word Problems FREEBIE | Notes from the Portable
Alphabet Football Fun FREEBIE | Sweet Sounds Kindergarten
Football Multiplication #5 FREE Worksheet | Education.com
FREE Football Letter Game | Little Family Fun
Alphabet Upper and Lowercase Football FREE Matching Cards | Sea of Knowledge
FREE Football Theme Vocabulary Cards for Read! Build! Write! Mats | Homeschool Creations
Hands-On Learning: Football Themed ABC Puzzles | 3 Dinosaurs
FREE Printable Preschool Football Clip Counting Cards 1-12 | Miniature Masterminds
Football Frenzy FREEBIE! | Growing Firsties
Kindergarten Football FREE Worksheets | Sight and Sound Reading
Football-themed crafts and activities:
Football Preschool Craft | Preschool Powol Packets
FREE Football Make 10 Game | Kindergarten Connection
Theme Speech Therapy: Football Activities | Crazy Speech World
FREE Printable Football Craft | Learn Create Love
Super Bowl Activities with History | How to Homeschool My Child
Kindergarten Football Games for Pre-K | Sight and Sound Reading
FREE Printable Football Coloring Pages & Activities for Big Game Fun | Sunny Day Family
Football Math Bowl (File Folder Game For Kids) | Stir the Wonder
FREE Football Activity Ideas | Hojos Teaching Adventures
Silly Football Theme – ALL Easy Reader Book FREE | 3 Dinosaurs
Football Sunday Funday FREEBIE! | UNI-Corner
FREE Football Fun Pack | Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Football Coloring Pages (FREE Printables) | Life is Sweeter by Design
Videos and movies all about football for kids:
Best Football Movies for Kids | 3 Boys and a Dog
10 Great Football Movies For Kids | FlipGive
History of American Football | myxglobal
A Guide To American Football | Cub Studio
Books to check out in the library all about football:
14 Football Books for Kids Ages 8+ | Medium
Great Non-Fiction Football Books for Boys | Brain Power Family
Books About Football for Kids | Fantastic Fun and Learning
10 Books About Football for Kids | Read Brightly
Grab some more resources to help you teach a whole sports unit in your homeschool.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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