Since I used to play and coach soccer and L plays on a select soccer team, it should come as no surprise that World Cup Fever is alive and well in our house.
Even if you are not soccer players, this is a great chance to have fun and learn as a family. What are some ways you can do this?
1. Play soccer. All you really need is a ball of any kind that you can kick around the yard. I am still hobbling around on crutches with a broken knee, but I encourage everyone to give it a try. It is great exercise and helps kids develop strength and coordination. It’s also great if your kids are getting antsy from being inside too long.
2. Watch the World Cup games. Find each team’s home country on the map or globe. What’s cool about the beginning of each game is that you also get to hear the national anthem of each country. You may want to color a picture of that country’s flag. This site also has a free printable bunting of flags. You might also want to study the geography of Brazil and all the different stadium locations. If you are feeling really creative you could make these homemade flag ice pops. I wish I was feeling that ambitious right now.
3. Read about soccer. There are so many great soccer-themed books for every member of the family.
For lower elementary and below:
DK Readers L1: Let’s Play Soccer
Winners Never Quit! (written by soccer star, Mia Hamm)
For mid-upper elementary:
Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
For the older kids and parents:
Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australiaand Even IraqAre Destined to Become the Kings of the Worlds Most Popular Sport
Are you watching the World Cup and doing anything special to celebrate this special event?