Pencil Goalpost

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Pencil Goalpost
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages school-age

Test your aim with this miniature football goalpost. Can you send the football through the uprights for a pint-size field goal?

What you'll need

  • Oval bead (ours was 3⁄4 inch long)
  • Brown and white acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • 2 flexible straws
  • Unsharpened pencil
  • Green floral tape
  • Glue
  • 2 small pom-poms
  • String

How to make it

  1. Pencil Goalpost

    First paint the bead with brown and white acrylic paint to resemble a football, and allow it to dry.

  2. Cut a 6-inch section from the top of each of the flexible straws. Secure the longer ends of the straw pieces together by cutting a slit in one straw and slipping the other one inside it.

  3. Pencil Goalpost

    Secure the midsection of the straws to the eraser end of an unsharpened pencil with green floral tape, then bend the ends to form a U. Glue 2 small pom-poms to the ends of the straws and let the glue dry.

  4. Tie the football bead to one end of a 12-inch length of string and tape the other end to the pencil, about 2 1⁄2 inches up from the bottom. Cover the rest of the pencil with more floral tape. To play, try swinging the football through the uprights to score a field goal.

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