I have a hard time sitting still during sporting events.
I won’t lie.
I love the tailgating and the food and the crowds, but sometimes. . . the games seem really long to me.
So we’ve been creative in the past with our kid-friendly learning during baseball games, and this year, we kicked it up a notch.
Now that I have three readers on my hands, we can do a little bit more.
Yesterday, we celebrated Spring Break at a National’s Baseball Game, and we rocked out a new-for-us Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt.
It. Was. So. So. SO FUN.
Maddy, Owen, and Cora all admitted that the Scavenger Hunt was a great part of the day (wooo-hooo!). So if I don’t say so myself, I think I hit it out of the ballpark with this one.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt–Fun for Kids During the Game:
Our game was rainy, grey, and cold, so the Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt came in handy big time.
We got to the game around lunchtime and ate at our favorite ballpark cafe, one that allows you to sit at a table right on the far side of the field and watch the game.
I mentioned to the kids that I had a pretty cool scavenger hunt for them once we got comfy and ordered our food–I was thinking they’d want to start once we got back to our real seats, but as always, my boy was ready to roll.
He said, Hey Mom, this is cool. And he started checking off boxes left and right.
I said, Owen, the thing is, you have to actually see each thing before you check it off. You may not even see each one today–but we’re looking for it. And at the end, we’ll count each person’s checkmarks, and we’ll see who saw the most.
Will we get anything if we win? Maddy wanted to know.
Maybe. I said. Maybe this is how you earn your ice-cream treat if it even gets warm enough to have one.
The Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt gets kids to read. For real.
I wanted the scavenger hunt to be long and skinny so that it could easily fit on kids’ laps. And I wanted it to be easily folded and put into coat or jean pockets.
So that’s what I did.
I made it two columns with 45 items in each.
I wanted some things baseball-related and some things fan-related.
So kids are searching for 45 things including:
- bat boy
- announcer box
- foul ball
- crazy funny fan
- crying baby
- pop fly
- Cracker Jacks
- run down
- and more!
It’s not for everyone. If you have a kiddo who loves the game and who is totally, 100% into watching each and every play, then let him or her watch. For goodness’ sake let that child watch and enjoy the game.
But if you have a child who needs a little bit of focus, who maybe isn’t so into the game, then the Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt is for you.
We had a lot of fun with it–Maddy couldn’t find a ‘homemade sign or poster’ so she made one on the back of her hunt sheet. (It’s hard to read, but it says ‘Nats WIN!’)
So funny. So, so funny.
And one of our kids had a bit of a breakdown when we first got to the field, so someone suggested that we call that the ‘crying baby’ and check it off the list.
Grab the Baseball Game Scavenger Hunt if you’d like to download it and use it for your crew:
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Let us know how it goes!
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