I am so excited to share with you a fun game that I was inspired to create today! I drew all the pieces including the catcher so you are in for a unique and one-of-a-kind game to help teach your children about Elder Robert D. Hales, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. To get the answers to the game, go visit this link and also his official biography here.
Elder Hales was a baseball pitcher. I thought it would be fun to come up with a game that not only would be fun but educational. Here's what I came up with.
You just have to print out all the images onto card-stock, cut and laminate them. This is a easy game to clean up and store since the pieces can all be stacked up and put into a ziploc bag with the catcher and ball. To make the catcher just attach a small piece of velcro in the middle of the glove like it shows in the picture to the left. You will also need a ping-pong ball. Add the other piece of velcro to the ball so that it will stick to the catcher when you someone throws it. You will also need a dice and a marker for each person. Don't forget to Subscribe and I will send you the marker baseball players when I figure out how to draw them!
How to play: When it is your turn, roll the dice and move counter-clockwise from home base towards first. Read the baseball which will either have a question about Elder Hales or two other statements. One will say, "You're Out, move back ?? spaces" and the other ones will have something that says "You hit a double, move ahead ?? spaces." Each time you land on a base, it will say "You get to throw a pitch." In honor of Elder Hales, take your best shot at a pitch. You choose a player to be the catcher. While they hold the catcher image in front of them, the person who's turn it is will pitch the ball and try to pitch a strike right into the glove. You also get to pitch when you pass any of the bases even if you don't land on them. This is totally fun. I was playing with it tonight so I know it works. I can't wait to show my kids this game tomorrow. Continue to take turns until someone makes it home. You can go around as many times as you would like. I want to create a score card too that you can keep track of runs as you play a few rounds of baseball. I hope it helps your children get excited about learning who Elder Hales is so that during General Conference next week they might feel a little more of a connection towards him.
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Now for some inspiring words from Elder Hales. This first video has always been one of my favorite Mormon Messages since I heard this portion from a Conference talk a few years ago.
Such an inspiring video below too. "Are you in there?" Wow, that is a statement that we all can think about more as we are in a world with constant distractions that take away from our precious time with our family.