Preschool/Pre-K Baseball Activities and Lessons
Today is the Boston Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park. It is a good as time as any to do some baseball related lessons and activities in your early childhood education classroom. Fun baseball related activities can be done both inside and outside.
First and foremost, is actually playing a little baseball. Having the children hit off a batting tee is a great gross motor activity that builds hand eye coordination. In addition, you can have children practice running the base paths and fielding the ball. Using tennis balls is the best way to do this as they are soft enough to not lead to injuries but also bouncy enough to make the proceedings fun. To make hitting the ball even easier you can also use larger light bouncy ball the size of kick balls so children can have easier success hitting the ball. You can take a field trip to a local Little League field or make a make shift baseball diamond using cones, chalk or anything else that might be handy .
Children can also learn baseball related vocabulary such as pitcher, batter, home run and other basic terms and concepts. Children can also build their vocabulary by describing how a baseball feels vs other balls like a tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and soccer ball. Science experiences can be done to see how each type of ball bounces and rolls differently.
Baseball learning can be incorporated into all aspects of a curriculum. For instance, drawing a strike zone on a wall can be a target for children to hit and then you can make a chart where you track how many balls and strikes are thrown. You can also make a chart of the Red Sox or your locks teams wins and losses and learn how to read standings and a box score.
Playing a game of wall ball using a tennis ball where a child throws the ball off the wall and tries to field it after the bounce and then repeats can be a fun activity for both an individual child or a group .
At art, children can design their own baseball logo, jersey, and cap and or color in the jersey, logo, and cap of their favorite team.
if you have the ability, you can even watch some of the Opening Day game in class and make special baseball related snacks for a project to culminate all the fun.