Art with Math – Draw a Simple Soccer Ball

Learn math concepts while developing your drawing skills with "Draw a Simple Soccer Ball for Beginning Artists" on TpTWhat do you get when you combine geometry, art, and soccer?? A winning art lesson, that’s what!

All the excitement of the World Cup this summer inspired me to come up with a creative way to teach kids how to draw a soccer ball. I was determined to develop a method that would be easy to teach and easy to learn, and would give kids a result they could be proud of. I ended up creating two different levels, so that kids as young as kindergarten (probably mid-year) could be successful, and older kids could draw something even more realistic and “3D” looking. Learning to draw a soccer ball is a fun way to develop drawing skills and build on some math concepts at the same time!

“Draw a Simple Soccer Ball” is a great place to start! Once students have mastered this basic method, they can move up to my more challenging, “How to Draw a Soccer Ball for Grades 2 and Up”.

First, explain to students that a soccer ball is made up of polygons – shapes that have three or more straight sides. Have a real soccer ball on hand as an example, if you can. Show how the pentagon shapes (typically black) have five equal sides and are completely surrounded by hexagon shapes (typically white) that have six equal sides and are just a little larger than the pentagons.

soccer ball

(It’s fascinating how all of these shapes fit together perfectly, all the way around the ball, interlocking like a puzzle! I never paid much attention to this until years ago when I tried to paint the outside of a ceramic bowl to look like a soccer ball for my daughter’s coach…. making all the shapes fit together evenly on a three-dimensional surface was waaaay harder than you’d ever imagine!!)

Then teach, or review, this math vocabulary:

  • circle – a curved line with ends that meet and every point on the line the same distance from the center
  • polygon – any shape with edges that are all straight lines
  • pentagon – a polygon with 5 angles and 5 sides
  • hexagon – a polygon with 6 angles and 6 sides
  • vertical – straight up and down (a line “standing up”)
  • horizontal – parallel to or level with the horizon (a line “laying down”)
  • diagonal – slanted ( a line that’s “leaning”)

Now, follow the steps below to “Draw a Simple Soccer Ball for Beginning Artists”

(note: My pdf includes full page step by step illustrations that you can print, laminate, and hang up so kids can follow along at their own pace. This simple method works great for decorating soccer flags, cookies, and cupcakes, too!)

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

1. Trace a circle and draw a star in the center, beginning with a small “mountain”.

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

2. Without lifting your pencil, draw a diagonal line.

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

3. Add a horizontal line.

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

4. Draw another diagonal line to complete your star.

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

5. Connect all the points to make a pentagon.

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

6. Draw lines connecting each point to the circle.

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

7. Add a wide V-shape at the end of each line.

Learn to Draw a Simple Soccer Ball with Teach Kids Art

8. Fill in the pentagon and each of the V-shapes.

Just for “kicks” (ha ha!), give students a drawing “pre-test” before teaching this lesson. Ask them to draw a soccer ball before you explain how, and then let them compare their “before and after” drawings. Students will be even more amazed at their improvement!

Once students are comfortable drawing this “Simple Soccer Ball”, it’s time to challenge them with drawing a more realistic looking soccer ball with my pdf: “How to Draw a Soccer Ball for Grades 2 and Up” on TpT:

Learn math concepts while developing your drawing skills with "How to Draw a Soccer Ball for Grades 2 and Up" on TpT

You can find printable pdf’s (with detailed step by step photos and instructions) for these lessons and more in my store at Teachers Pay Teachers!

“Draw a Simple Soccer Ball for Beginning Artists” 

“How to Draw a Soccer Ball for Grades 2 and Up”

 

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4 Responses to Art with Math – Draw a Simple Soccer Ball

  1. Tina September 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    We just started talking about shapes today with out kiddo (we homeschool). This will be a fun activity to do tomorrow, thanks!

  2. Allison November 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    I love this one!!! So smart!

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