Well, it’s that time of year. Yup, the time where my boys actually get an idea on just how unathletic I really and truly am. I cannot pitch, throw, catch, run, jump . . . you name it, I am physically unable to do it. They get a few laughs at dear old mom. So, I came up with this idea years ago when my oldest was quite young.
You will need:
- Detergent/fabric softener bottle (one with a handle works best)
- Duct tape
- Rocks or water (for weight)
- Fill bottle with a small amount of rocks or water (you’ll have to figure out how much weight you want by trial and error). Place cap on.
- Tie rope around the handle of bottle.
- Throw free end of rope up and over a swing set, tree limb, rafters in your garage or barn – allowing the end with the bottle to hang freely.
- Have child stand next to the bottle to see exactly where you want it to hang. I usually have the bottle line up with their belly button. Tie free end of rope off (so it won’t slip up and down).
- At this time, you can really get an idea on how much weight you need in the bottle (water and rocks). Have the youngster take a few practice swings, you may need to add or take out weight. When you get the proper amount of weight into the bottle, secure cap (this is where the duct tape may come in handy).
- Make sure all siblings, pets and parents are out of the way and let ‘em hit the stink out of the bottle.
This is great for hand-eye coordination and offers a fantastic opportunity to talk with the kids about recycling/repurposing.