Self-Pitching Wiffle Ball

May 27th, 2010 by Dionna | 10 Comments
Posted in Eclectic Learning, Preschoolers, Toddlers

Kieran loves baseball.

Loves. It.

If he had his way, we would be playing “throw-catch” or someone would be pitching a ball to him during most of his waking hours. He has a T-ball tee, but he’d much rather hit a moving target. To save my sanity (and my pitching arm – ha), I discovered this little trick:

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Simply hang up a wiffle ball with some twine – I hung it on a tree branch. Kieran gets to swing at a moving target, I can cheer him on from the shade of the same tree. It’s a win-win!

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10 Responses to:
"Self-Pitching Wiffle Ball"

  1. MomAgain@40   karentoittoit

    Great idea! :D

  2. Ruth Ann

    That is a great idea….and I know that Kieran LOVES it!!! I expect that boyjust might be as good a batter as his hero…Ichiro….lol

  3. Melodie   bfmom

    What a great idea! My daycare kids like me to throw balls for them so they can hit it and it quickly gets tiring and frustrating for all of us when I do so. I’d be happy to try out this trick with them though.

  4. Dionna   CodeNameMama

    A quick thought (since we’ve been outside playing with this) – it will work best in an area where there are not a lot of little branches for the twine/ball to get wrapped around if they hit it upwards. I spent a lot of time unwrapping the twine for the next swing (but the boys had a blast!).

  5. Amber   AmberStrocel

    What a great idea. If only I had a suitable tree!

  6. I think you just made my summer! Everett is insane about sports, especially baseball so we play it constantly. He feels the same way that Kieran does about hitting a moving ball, versus a target so I am definitely going to set this up. Thanks!

  7. Ruth Ann

    I wonder if you could come up with a way to eliminate the tangling in branches problem if you used something like an old flag pole ( we just happen to have one you could have!!!) and hang it at an angle from something so he has plenty of room to swing??

  8. katepickle   katepickle

    so much fun… and I just have to say how envious I am of your luscious green grass and approaching summer!

  9. This is awesome! I am going to pass this on to my daughter who has a l9 mon. old.

  10. Christie - Childhood 101   childhood101

    I love, love, love this idea and will definitely be finding some time and space *adds to mental to-do list!*

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