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Digital Kids Corner: Summer Fun

Digital Kids Corner Summer Fun

It’s time for summer fun! Follow along each week for kids’ games and activities with special summer camp themes.

Baseball Week (July 27 – 31)

The first week is all about baseball! Check out the activities below for both the beginners that are just learning how to play and the advanced athletes looking to improve on their tools.

Monday

Rookie

Fundamentals of Overhand Throwing

Make sure that the ball starts in the child’s dominant hand and point at the desired target with their non-dominant hand. Bringing their throwing arm back into an “L” shape (arm bent at the elbow and hand held in the air with the ball), the child will step with their opposite foot as they turn their hips and begin throwing the ball toward their target and following through across their body.

  • Equipment needed: Any size ball
  • Alternative equipment: Ball of paper, aluminum foil, or rolled up socks.
All-Star

Arm Strength & Accuracy

with Ben McDonald, Pitcher (1989 – 1995)

  • Hitting the Target
  • Long Toss
  • Arm Strength Exercises

Tuesday

Rookie

Fundamentals of Catching

As the ball approaches, children should have their eyes on their ball and their arms reached out. If the ball is below the

waist, then their thumbs should be out; if the ball is above the waist, then their thumbs should be together. As the ball

enters their hands they should grasp it and bring it in toward their body.

  • Equipment needed: Any size ball
  • Alternative equipment: Ball of paper, aluminum foil, or rolled up socks
All-Star

Speed & Baserunning

with Brian Roberts, 2B (2001-2013)

  • Build Endurance
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Reaction and Speed Drills

Wednesday

Rookie

Fundamentals of Hitting

When you are hitting a ball it is important you are ready to hit the ball from the tee or from the pitcher. The ready position allows the child to prepare to hit the ball. In Ready Position, feet are to be shoulder width apart and knees are bent. The child then brings their hands back toward their right ear (if they are right handed) and make sure that their hands are not touching their ear but are close. You can practice making the “V” and bringing the bat up towards their ear a couple of times. Swinging the bat starts at the ready position and the arms move together in front of the child at chest height, passing the “V” position, finishing toward the opposite ear (Right-handed batter - right ear to left ear, Left-handed batter – left ear to right ear).

  • Equipment needed: Foam/plastic bat
  • Alternative equipment: Cardboard box, tennis racket, umbrella, open hand, etc.
All-Star

Hitting for Average

with infielder Hanser Alberto

  • Hitting off the Tee
  • Front Toss

Thursday

Rookie

Fundamentals of Fielding

With a partner, children will either underhand toss the ball to their partner or roll the ball to their partner (children can

decide how to toss). The receiving partner will present their hands in the proper way to catch the ball.

  • Variations:
  • Partners can work only on underhand fielding first and then proceed to work on above the waist catching.
  • Groups of three or four could be used to practice taking turns and attempting to catch from different people.
  • Groups can count how many in a row they successfully caught using the correct hand placement.
  • Equipment needed: Any size ball
  • Alternative equipment: Ball of paper, aluminum foil, or rolled up soc
All-Star

Fielding

with First Base Coach Anthony Sanders

  • Long Toss
  • Quick Feet and Hands
  • Routine Grounders
  • Backhand Grounders
  • Double Plays
  • Pick It

Friday

Rookie

Hitting Derby

Children will start at a designated area and once music starts or the command is given, “Batters Ready?”, the child will be in the ready position waiting to hear, “Swing.” When they hear “swing” or at their own pace, the child will hit a ball off a tee, stool, or other suitable l elevated surface.

This activity can also be done with children using their hands as a bat (striking the ball with the both hands).

When retrieving their ball, change the way they move (skip, slide, gallop).

Children can set a goal for ball distance, number of times they successfully hit the ball, and more.

Have fun and celebrate your home runs!

  • Equipment needed:
  • Foam/plastic bat
  • Any size ball
  • Batting tee, traffic cone, paper towel rolls, upside down trash bin
  • Alternative equipment:
  • Cardboard box, tennis racket, umbrella, open hand, etc.
  • Paper towel rolls, upside down trash bin, chair, etc.
All-Star

Hitting for Power

with Infielder Renato Núñez

  • Stretching
  • Weight Lifting
  • Batting Cage Work

STEM Week (August 3-7)

The second week of Digital Kids Corner: Summer Fun focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – also known as STEM! Join Orioles Head Groundskeeper Nicole Sherry with fun baseball-related STEM lessons, experiments, and equations throughout the week.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Arts & Crafts Week (August 10-14)

The third week of Digital Kids Corner: Summer Fun will feature activities and videos that will spark your creativity. It’s time for Arts & Crafts Week!

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Developed by Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan, YUMI CARES is built on Mrs. Hogan’s personal encounter with cancer, in the role of a caregiver and support system, and seeks to ultimately provide hope, resources, and care for children and families facing health challenges by unleashing the therapeutic power of art and creative expression. YUMI CARES strives to provide participating patients with art and craft supplies to create artwork that expresses their emotions and personal experiences.

Below is a Coping Skills Origami Fortune Teller template, for all children, that can help when feeling stressed or worried.

Coping Skills Origami Fortune Teller
Coping Skills Origami Fortune Teller

Thursday

Friday

Next time you go to Oriole Park, you will notice unique murals created by local artists. The Orioles collaborated with PNC to deepen connections of both organizations’ relationships with the local arts community and allows Orioles fans to experience the incredible talents of several individuals. Watch the videos below and make sure to support local artists.

Cooking Week (August 17-21)

Just as the manager helps prepare the players for success on the field, Orioles Clubhouse Chef Jenny Perez helps to keep them energized and educated on how to best nourish their bodies to play the game they love. During this week of Digital Kids Corner: Summer Fun, learn how to make delicious, kid-friendly recipes from Chef Jenny Perez that are healthy too! (adult supervision is advised)

Monday

Banana Boats

Tuesday

Sprouted Cinnamon Toast

Wednesday

Pinwheels with Mashed Garbanzo Beans

Thursday

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Friday

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Space Week (August 24-28)

We are finishing off Digital Kids Corner: Summer Fun with Space Week! Join us for “out-of-this-world” activities provided by NASA.

Monday

Astronauts require good muscular strength and coordination to pull and push things during a spacewalk. For each mission, they spend 2 hours a day and 3 days a week in the gym and classroom, until they fly into space. Most of the training astronauts do in the gym you can do too, wherever you are.

Tuesday

The James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror and will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana. Webb's revolutionary technology will enable new exploration of our solar system to the most distant galaxies in the universe, and everything in between. For the telescope to fit into a rocket, it must be folded up. After launch, Webb will deploy during its roughly 30-day, million-mile journey out to the second Lagrange point. This flipbook highlights how Webb deploys or unfolds like a transformer once in space.

Wednesday

NASA launched the Mars Perseverance Rover on July 20, 2020. Its main job is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth. It will land on February 18, 2021 in the Jezero Crater, Mars and will be there for at least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days).

Let’s make our own rover!

Thursday

On May 27th, 2020, NASA and SpaceX launched the first astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil since 2011 using the Demo-2 rocket. Would you like to learn how to make your own Demo-2 to launch in your home? Watch this tutorial to learn how.

Friday

The International Space Station (ISS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall. Come take a tour!

Summer Slugger

To further educate and raise awareness of the Negro Leagues, the Orioles have created a Summer Slugger curriculum called the Baltimore Elites Giants Challenge that focuses on the history of the Negro Leagues in Baltimore. Students who research the Baltimore Elite Giants and submit a short essay on what they have learned will be rewarded with an autographed photo of Dwight Smith, Jr. Summer Slugger is a fun, interactive, online course that uses the game of baseball to help kids ages 8 to 11 maintain their math and literacy skills during the summer months.

To register your child for the Summer Slugger and to learn more about the program, please visit SummerSlugger.com/Orioles.

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