INSIDE GAMES, COMPETITIVE
1. Who Am I? Use names of baseball players.
2. Baseball Card Hunt. Play like a Candy Hunt. At the end, determine who found the most cards. Everyone can keep the cards he or she has found, or turn the cards in for candies.
3. Hot Baseball. Play like Hot Potato.
4. Baseball Beanbag Toss. Play like a Bull's-Eye Toss, but in this version, set a box at first, second, and third base positions. Use beanbags or whiffle balls. Give 1, 2, or 3 points for each hit, depending on which base is hit (first base gets 1 point, and so on).
OUTSIDE GAME AND ACTIVITY
Play a real baseball game in the backyard or at a local field. For children under eight, invite other grownups or older children to help the game move along. A grownup can be the umpire. Invite enough children to field two teams. Have their parents leave them off and pick them up at the site of the game. Tee Ball, a game in which players hit the ball off a stand, is good for children eight or younger. You can buy a Tee Ball stand at sports equipment stores. Game instructions come with the stand.