Today's Snack: You can't eat newsballs. But you can sure eat melon
balls! Cut a cantaloupe in half. Scoop out the seeds. Take a melon baller, a
tool you can buy at a kitchen store or the kitchen aisle at the grocery or
discount store. Scoop out a circle of balls from the top of the melon half.
take a knife (have adult supervision!!!) and cut that whole circular slice off,
so that you have a fresh, new surface for more melon balls. Scoop out another
set of balls from that surface, and cut that slice off, too.
going 'til you can't get any more out of that melon half. Cut up the remaining
fragments of cantaloupe and eat separately with a fruit salad for dinner, for
example. But take a toothpick and spear each melon ball, and enjoy!
fun juice to try with melon balls is peach nectar. It comes in a small can,
usually found on the top shelf of the juice aisle in the grocery store.
A week's worth of old newspapers
Painter's tape or masking tape
A trash can or laundry basket
a wacky, indoor baseball game that's the most fun with lots of kids, although
with just two, you can still have a . . . excuse the expression . . . ball.
take a section of newspaper and roll it up tight and diagonally so that it is
shaped like a bat. Tape it tightly with duct tape.
will need one bat for every "defender."
take individual newspaper pages, scrunch each one up into a tight ball, and
wrap tightly with one piece of duct tape. You will need as many balls as you
would like! Fifty or more is nice.
your "playing field," you will need a pretty large open space. A school gym or
cafeteria, or a room in your house with the least furniture (and nothing
breakable!) is best. You can play this game inside or outside. If you happen to
have a place outside, go for it.
a wastebasket or laundry basket as the "goal" in the center of the space. Using
the painter's tape or masking tape, create a circle of tape that's about four
feet in diameter - that means four feet across. Keep the "goal" inside that
go about four feet outside of that inner circle, and tape a bigger circle, all
the way around.
go a distance away from that outer circle, say, 10 feet away, and if you have
room, tape one more giant circle . . . or, if there isn't room for that, tape
two lines across from each other, each about 10 feet from the outer circle.
how the game works:
up into "offense" and "defense." Those on "offense" take the "balls" and stand
behind the outer circle (or behind the two lines). Their feet cannot go over
the line that forms that outer circle. They are going to try to throw the
newsballs into the goal.
first they will have to get past the "defense." Those people must remain on
their bottoms - that's right, on their seats - on the floor, in the inner
circle. They cannot go inside the circle that the goal is inside, but they can
go anywhere else, as long as they remain on their rear ends.
will each have a newspaper "bat" that they can use to bat down the balls that
the "offense" will try to throw.
a time limit for each "inning," say, two minutes. If you don't have a "referee"
with a watch with a second hand or a stopwatch to keep track of the time, you
can use a kitchen clock.
score of how many newsballs each side gets into the goal. Then put the
newsballs back outside the outer circle, and switch sides.
"scores" the most wins. And the other team is responsible for pulling up all
the painter's tape and throwing it away, and picking up the balls and bats and
putting them away for next time!