For younger kids, focus on teaching geometric shapes. There are few places that offer an abundance of shapes in one location. Take the opportunity to look at the field, define and then find examples of terms such as:
1. Line vs. Line segment: A line has length but not width and a line segment is small portion of that line.
Examples on the field:
Line – 3rd base to the outfield and continuing out of the park
Line segment – 3rd base to home plate
2. Pentagon: A shape with 5 sides.
Examples on the field: Home plate
3. Triangle: a three-sided figure.
Examples on the field: Use your imagination and imagine lines between two outfielders and one infielder
4. Square: A shape with 4 equal sides.
Examples on the field: The bases
5. Circle: a set of points on a plane that are all the same distance from the center
Examples on the field: On-deck circle, pitcher’s mound or famous players retired numbers in the outfield
6. Point: a specific location in space.
Examples on the field (these are endless): A player in the outfield or a person in the stands
7. Cylinder: Two parallel circular bases with a curved surface connecting them.
Examples on the field: The foul ball poles
8. Parallel Lines: Lines that never intersect.
Examples on the field: Pinstripes that are worn on some uniforms (very famously on one NY based team) or well-mowed grass
9. Sphere: A three dimensional circle.
Examples on the field: The baseball
10. Rectangle: A four-sided figure with four right angles and two sets of parallel lines, each set a different length.
Examples on the field: The scoreboard or the pitcher's plate
11. Diamond: A four-sided flat shape with straight sides where all sides have equal length.
Examples on the field: Infield area of the baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and Home plate
Make any baseball game a scavenger hunt! Find these, along with other shapes and turn any fun afternoon into an educational one as well! Swing batter!!
For older children, challenge them to find the batting average of all the players on their favorite team. Have your child tally the number of hits compared to appearances on the plate. At the end of the game, children can input the information into the following formula:
Batting average = (number of hits)/ (number of times at bat)
The player that comes closest to “1” had the best batting average record of the game! As the season continues, keep track of your child's favorite players batting averages and monitor their progress!
Try these fun baseball math activities! We guarantee that you will enjoy the game and also create extra learning fun with your little fan! Happy Spring and BATTER UP!!