Friday, May 23, 2008

For Those of Us in the Bleachers

Kindergarten is supposed to be fun. Games of catch, too.

Learning to catch with a mitt is a skill that's difficult for five and six year old children, but that doesn't stop many parents from wanting to introduce their kids to baseball, that most American of sports.

Bleach Bottle Mitts

Today Ms. Campbell introduced the kindergarten to a simple and effective alternative to the fielder's glove: uncapped plastic one-gallon bleach (or other liquid, like my favorite household cleaner: vinegar) bottles with the bottom cut out.

There are several things worth mentioning about these devices:

1. Being recycled, they're A LOT cheaper than real mitts;

2. No one had to manufacture or market them for this use;

3. They work without the operator having to squeeze the mitt at just the right time;

4. They can be used to fling the ball to a partner;

5. The "sweet spot" where a successful catch can be made is big;

6. The hand is protected from being smacked painfully by a ball;

7. They can be conveniently stored together by nesting them together and running clothesline through their spouts.

8. They're impervious to harsh chemicals, even bleach!

The kindergarteners had a blast using them as you can see below:

Remember the "4 Rs" Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore.

And, if you haven't yet tried vinegar as a cleaning agent, hang on to you hats! We're going to show you just how good it is by washing some cars next week, starting with mine.


Culmom37 said...

This year we used recycled cut up milk jugs (upside down) in order to teach our young girls the art of catching in softball. Very effective! It is never too early to teach the 4 R's!

Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

Yep, the 4Rs are important for us to learn! Satisfying, too, to live ever more lightly on our mother, Earth. Each effort I make to abandon the remnants of my consumerist lifestyle is rewarded with greater happiness.