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Inuit Baseball

Children's Ministry Magazine

This Canadian version of America's national pastime will get your kids giggling.

Begin play with a seal bladder and caribou bones. If you can't find either of these, use a rubber ball and a bat instead.

There are no strikes in this game. Have kids keep swinging until they hit the ball. Once the ball is hit, runners must circle the bases in reverse order, which means first running to third base, then second, on to first and then home. To make a player "out," someone must either catch a ball in the air or tag the runner with the ball. Also, polar bears can snag runners, but this shouldn't be much of a problem in most church parking lots.

Play this game with two teams, and let teams bat for 10 minutes at a time. Or if your group has less than 10 kids, put all the players on the field and rotate in one batter at a time.

In Canada, the land of the midnight sun, Inuit children play this game all night long.

Barry Bence
Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada

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