We love baseball. Watching, playing it, reading about it, going to games – there are so many different ways to enjoy it. (This post contains Amazon affiliate links.)
For team by team information, we check out ESPN’s baseball team information. I like it because it gives the roster, including each position, and the schedule. You can also check out each major league team’s official pages at the MLB site.
Watching the Games
Major league games can be a blast. But particularly for younger kids, minor league or summer college league games are less pressure. Most major league teams have a minor league team affiliated with them. Check here to see if there is a minor league team or summer college league near you. Some of our favorite summer memories are watching minor league games with the kids.
Baseball Pretend Play
My son spends hours setting up and playing with these Baseball Guys. Sometimes he asks me to draw a baseball diamond that notes the names of the players and their positions. Sometimes he makes up his own teams. But he always has fun!
Zachary’s Ball by Matt Tavares is about a boy who catches a ball at Fenway Park that transports him into the game! (Don’t tell my husband I told you, but this book gets him teary every time. We call it “Daddy’s crying book.”)
Baseball Hour by Carol Nevius, illustrated by Bill Thomson takes kids captures the excitement of a little league game – from the warm ups to the trophy celebration.
My Baseball Book by Gail Gibbons is a great introduction to the game. It explains what the positions are and how to play, in a way that is simple enough for little kids.
As you may guess from the title, Poem Runs: Baseball Poems by Douglas Florian is a fun read, full of wordplay. And a great way to get your little baseball fan interested in poetry.
We’ve spent hours scouring I Spy with My Little Eye: Baseball by Brad Herzog, illustrated by David Milne, looking for memorabilia from our favorite teams.
I love Christopher Bing’s edition of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s classic ballad, Casey at the Bat. Bing’s edition reads as though we found an old scrapbook, full of baseball tickets, newspaper clippings, and baseball cards.
Get Out the Old Cards
My husband and our 5 year old have spent hours pouring over cards my husband saved from his childhood.
We’ve also started him with his own collection. He sorts them in his card holders by team, by position, by his favorite players. We also use this to play a few math games.
Stock Up on Baseball Equipment
Get out your bats, balls, mitts, and tees. Or just grab a ball and play catch. We’ve found that these soft baseballs work well for beginning baseball players.
Let’s chat in the comments – what other ways do you enjoy baseball as a family?
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