Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Get Crafty: Cardboard Baseball Bats

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After our salt dough baseballs, we wanted to have a little bit more fun with baseball. I found the book Players In Pigtails by Shana Corey at the library and knew the girls would love it. Players In Pigtails tell the story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. We learned that "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" was originally written about a baseball-crazy girl named Katie Casey. This book was the story of the fictional Katie Casey. The girls were thrilled to read about girls playing baseball and loved the story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. After reading the story and singing a few rounds of "Take Me Out To the Ball Game," we designed our own baseball bats.

Supplies Needed:
Cardboard (recycled cereal or cracker boxes work well)

Before we started, I cut a few simple baseball bat shapes out of the cardboard and then set out a fun selection of supplies for decorating our bats. After we read the book, I asked the girls to design a bat that they would like to use while playing for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Off they went! They painted, glued, and glittered.

And glittered... a lot!

And when they were done glittering, they stuck stickers. We had some leftover 4th of July stickers that worked well for the project. It took awhile, but they were finally satisfied with their bats. I don't think I've ever seen such flashy bats! 

Ask your kids to design their own baseball bats. It would be fun to see what they come up with!
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