Softball Team Building Ideas

softball team building ideas

It’s springtime, and that means it’s time for all softball players to dust off their cleats and hit the diamond. My daughter has played softball since she was little and I have always been involved with her teams. I love these girls and I love having the opportunity to find lots of ways to make the season special. Here are some of the softball team building ideas that we’ve done so far to get things kicked off!

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Team Photos  — Every year we hang both a team photo and individual player photos in a display case outside of the snack shack at the field.  This year we tried something a little different by using softballs to spell out the word “family” in the photo. If you gather enough softballs, you could also write out your school name, team name, or team motto. We are hoping to print this photo onto tee shirts for all of the players at the end of the season. If you have a parent who likes to take pictures, another great idea is to collect these and make a video at the end of the season with some snaps of the team and individual players set to music.

Varsity letter locker signs

Varsity letter locker signs

Locker Signs — At my daughter’s school one family volunteers to make a locker sign for each of the players on the team for every away game. The girls go into school early to put these up. These can be simple computer notes, or something a little more. Since I am the team mom, I like to try to make something that the girls can put in a scrapbook at the end of the season. Last year I made team pennants for each player. This year I had two shifts as locker mom. For the first one I traced a varsity letter onto poster board to make personalized team locker signs. For the second I cut the girls’ numbers using a cricut machine (I love that thing!)

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Team pennant softball locker signs

Great idea for varsity team locker signs!

Varsity team locker signs

 

Lucky softball hair bows

Lucky team hair bows

Lucky Hair Bows — Does your player have a lucky pair of socks, underwear, or other special something? For my girl it is her hair bow. This year she decided that she wanted everyone on the team to have their own lucky hair bow. We made these by cutting black ribbon and using sparkly puff paint to write JHS on one side and each player’s team number on the other.

 

Softball Team Bonding Activities — Throughout the season the softball team hosts a few team bonding activities. We usually start off the season with a team get together (for players), have a family barbecue around mid-season, and end with a Senior Night for all families where we honor graduating players. This year we gathered the girls for a night of laser tag and pizza, followed by a sundae party and sleepover at my house.  One of the highlights was the game where the coaches showed up and the girls got to compete with them in the laser tag arena. Another was, of course, staying up all night giggling. It was a lot of fun and a great way for all of the players to get to know each other better.
Here are a few pictures from the event. Best of luck to everyone this season!!

softball party banner

We converted a baseball banner into one for softball using yellow Sharpie pen

 

softball centerpiece idea

Softball centerpiece idea

One More Great Thing! — now I have finally found some great softball themed party accessories on Amazon! No more coloring baseballs yellow! here are some options that would be great for a softball party:

softball party table

softball team dinner

 



 

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Easter Table Decorations

Easter table decorations

Looking for some fun new ways to decorate your Easter table this year? We searched all around and gathered some of the cutest ideas for Easter table decorations out there to share with you. Have a joyous holiday!

Easter flower centerpiece

You can adapt this easy and colorful jellybean centerpiece by using whatever flowers or vases that you have on hand. Tulips, peonies, daffodils, or lilies can all be great choices. (Anchor flowers into a piece of damp green florist foam before surrounding them with candy.)

Easter bunny table centerpieceCourtesy of Good Housekeeping

Add long ears and smiling faces to plain white bags for an instantly adorable bunny centerpiece. The best thing about these bunnies is that after brunch they can serve double duty by holding all the treasures your kiddos collect on their Easter egg hunts!

butterfly wine markers make a great Easter table decorationCourtesy of Southern Living

These sweet silk butterflies can be purchased pre-made at your local craft store. Add one to each glass at your Easter table for a pretty burst of color.

How to Make a Folded Easter Bunny Napkin

 folded bunny napkinhow to fold a bunny napkin

This whimsical folded bunny napkin can make each place setting at your table look special. Here are the steps to make it, or click here to go to youtube.com for an easy tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens.




Free Thanksgiving Party Printables

Free Thanksgiving party printables

November is here, and that means it’s time to start planning for the big day — Thanksgiving! if you’re like me you are always looking for new ways to make your Thanksgiving table look fun and festive. That’s why this year we’ve created some free Thanksgiving party printables for you to download and use in your décor.  We’ve made some napkin rings, place cards, a Thanksgiving subway art poster, and some printable thought cards that you might put at each place setting to encourage a bit of Thanksgiving reflection. Enjoy!

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Napkin Rings

free printable Thanksgiving nnapkin rings
To use these napkin rings, simply click here to visit the pdf. version of the page, print them off and cut them into strips. Then add a touch of glue stick to hold them in place around your napkin.

Place Cards

free printable Thanksgiving place cards

Click here to download these Thanksgiving place cards. You can either cut the page down the center and use them as foldover cards, or cut each card individually and glue them onto cardstock.

Thanksgiving Thought Cards

free printable Thanksgiving thought cards

What are you most thankful for? I use these Thanksgiving thought cards by placing one at each table setting to encourage some discussion of the year’s most notable blessings.

Thanksgiving Subway Art

Free printable Thanksgiving subway art

Place this Thanksgiving subway art into a standard 8×10 frame and set it on the counter or mantle as an easy seasonal decoration.

No matter how you celebrate this season, hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!




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Thanksgiving Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving place cards

Do you have children coming to your home this Thanksgiving? Here is a fun idea for children’s Thanksgiving place cards that look like corn on the cob and hold some special surprises to keep them busy during your holiday meal!

 We have a big family, and that means lots of kids at the Thanksgiving table.  Every year I try to do something a little special for them. Handprint turkeys, newspaper pilgrim hats, and the creation of a paper bag puppet show have all been Thanksgiving Day highlights. Last year we had 12 children at our Thanksgiving celebration, and that meant a big children’s table, so I thought it would be fun to give them something to keep busy while the adults chatted over coffee.  These toy filled, corn on the cob inspired place cards turned out to be just the thing! Here is how to make them:





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Children’s Corn on the Cob Thanksgiving Place Cards

Stick an assortment of goodies inside each place card

thanksgiving place card craft materials

Here are the materials that you will need

 

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Materials:

  • Toilet paper rolls (1 per person
  • Yellow construction paper (cut to fit rolls — about 4.5 by 6″)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Ribbon to tie ends
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toys to fill the toilet paper rolls (**We used things that would keep the kids busy like crayons, paper, stickers, and small games, but you could substitute anything you choose)

Directions:

1. Glue the yellow construction paper to completely cover the toilet paper roll

2. Fill the roll with goodies

3. Wrap the roll with green tissue paper, leaving a strip of yellow showing to look like corn, and enough extra paper at the ends so that you can tie it off.

4. Tie the roll at the ends like a candy

5. Write each child’s name on a place card or attach a decorative name tag to each

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