By Kacie Carlson, travel ball mom, coach’s wife and blogger. Check out her site KacieCarlson.com
I’ve got a real travel ball treat in store for you guys today, (it involves some of my favorite summertime things, including DIY’s, pops of color, and photographs), and is coming at you right before we head to our state tournament this weekend.
How many times have you heard someone call out, “Time, Blue!” because another ball has magically made its way onto the field. Usually its proud owner is a younger brother or sister who has overthrown an old shoe representing first base in the “other game” being played just outside the fence.
It can be a constant battle to keep younger siblings entertained during those long days at the ball field. As you prepare for this weekend’s tournament, include these simple and inexpensive DIY’s to keep the little ones occupied and using their creativity.
Bubbles have been the college trend this season and are always a great source of entertainment for our kiddos as well. They’re cheap and you can always go to the bathroom for free refills. 😉
2. Sidewalk Chalk
I suggest that you have a cool spot for the kiddos, preferably under a tent or canopy.
3. Spirit Signs
Have the kiddos make spirit signs for their favorite players on poster paper with washable makers! (I’ll be posting more pictures of this later)
4. Little Photographers
This is probably one of my favorite ideas! Allow your little ones to take pictures at the games. Instead of breaking out the high dollar cameras, purchase a throw away camera. They usually come in packs of two and are less than 15.00! You never know what their imaginations will capture!
5. Monster Shakers
Cheer on brother or sister and their teammates with these adorable DIY shakers. Here is what you will need …
- Plastic or styrofoam bowls
- Plastic or styrofoam plates (same size as bowls)
- Monster eyes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Popsicle sticks
- Any add-ons like these bottle brush sticks (pipe cleaners)
Hot glue popsicle sticks to bowls. Next hot glue whatever you want as the “hair” as I did with the bottle brush sticks. On the back side of the same bowl, hot glue eyes. Add the beans in the bowl.
On a plate, add a player’s number with glue and glitter. Place a circle of hot glue around the entire rim of plate and lay directly on top of the bowl.
Bam! You have the cutest noise makers!!