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25 ways to play around a sports theme this month.  (Part of a regular play theme series - a new theme with lots of activities, books, etc. each month)

Playtime Cheat Sheet No. 2: Sports

Another month, another play theme cheat sheet to get you through.  Did you guys enjoy trying out all our nature ideas from last month?  Alli’s back today with another stellar list of activities, books, etc. you can refer to all month long.  This time our focus is sports – so grab a ball, get outside, and get those little ones running!

May is the perfect month to get outside and get active with your family, which is why it’s also the perfect month to focus on sports.

When I first started toying with sports as a playtime theme, the same usual suspects came to mind: baseball, basketball, soccer, etc. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how important it is to think outside the penalty box (forgive the pun) for this particular theme.

Because sports are so much more than just baseball or basketball…

Sports are anything that get us up and moving, active, and enjoying the great outdoors. Sports are for boys and girls alike, for kids at every skill level, and they’re a great way to teach teamwork, exploration, sportsmanship, and coordination.

And, really, who can beat that?

We decided to kick things off at our house with some Tin Can Bowling. Isaiah is still a wee little guy, so we wanted to do bowling on a much easier level – which is why we went with a light material like recycled cans.

Playtime Cheat Sheet: Tin Can Bowling

This project was so simple, there’s no “how-to” necessary. I just saved some food cans throughout the week (you’ll need ten), then spray painted them, let them dry, added my numbers, and it was time to play.

Playtime Cheat Sheet: Tin Can Bowling

We are big on using things from around the house, so we just used a large bouncing ball that we had on hand (perfect for Isaiah’s little hands). We also got creative and used his building blocks for bumpers.

Playtime Cheat Sheet: Tin Can Bowling

I’m not gonna lie. At times, Isaiah had more fun counting the cans and setting them back up than he did knocking them down (he’s my little organizer).

Playtime Cheat Sheet: Tin Can Bowling

It was a perfect evening activity for the entire family. Plus, store the cans away and you’ve got an instant activity on another beautiful day (or even indoors, if it’s raining).

But there’s more to sports than bowling, right?

Here are some other ideas to keep the theme rolling throughout the month.



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19) Oversized sports equipment for first-timers from Diggin – we’ve loved both  The Big Boom Bat & Tee as well as The Boomer golf set.
21) Giant Bowling Set (How great would this be for a summer party?)
(Nerd trivia: anyone remember Meg Ryan’s character mentioning these in You’ve Got Mail?)

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Alli is wife to Michael, mommy to Isaiah and friend to their furry one, Hershey girl. Her passion lies in being a Mom and finding ways to bring creativity to life with her family. You can visit her blog (You have your blog, we have Aars) for ideas, activities, inspiration and more.