Ever wonder what I do with all the batting practice balls my kids and I collect? Well, I turn some of them into Cut-Balls. A long time ago when I was in elementary school, some kids made these so that we could play with them at recess (they wouldn't let us play with hard balls). My brothers and I kept playing this new Cut-Ball game all the way through High School. Scott and I have even introduced our PE classes to the game. To make a Cut-Ball, you cut the stitching to and take the cover off. Then you stuff a sock or something soft inside an sow it back together. It makes the ball squishy.
These Cut-Balls are also great for practicing catch without the fear of getting hurt - pretty important for preschoolers. And they make a great ball for playing in the backyard.
Now we can play baseball almost anywhere -- and we have. Below are some pictures of my kids (mainly Tommy) playing baseball in our backyard and in various places across the country.
Here is Tommy pitching to his friend Noah in Colorado.In the picture above Stacy (Tommy's 2nd cousin once removed) pitching to Tommy in Steve and Dee Dee's back yard. Dee Dee is Kim's 1st cousin once removed. Below is Tommy pitching to Samantha. Samantha is Tommy's 3rd cousin and Stacy's niece. It is all very confusing, but everyone got along great even if they didn't know how they were related.Tommy played ball with his first cousin JD in Atlanta. First they played in JD's front yard . . .and then Tommy got a game going at JD's Church.
Tommy loves to have people play baseball with him. He even got his Nana to play with him in our backyard.
Now Tommy likes to dress up when he plays.
Here is Tommy in action.
Tommy even wanted to play baseball in the snow.