This is an exciting day! You see, the CrabbieMasters are challenging the Crabbies to a baseball game.
This all came about when the CrabbieMasters were trying to play ball in the park one day not long ago. King, Too-Tired and Hungry showed up… trying their hardest to ruin the game. Too-Tired tried to tire out the pitcher and Hungry was busy making sure no one stopped playing long enough to break for lunch.
Finally, Jay made an offer.
“Hey, King. Why don’t you get your Crabbies together and we’ll challenge you to a game of baseball.”
“You got it! Just say when,” King said.
“One week from today. Meet here at noon.”
And so the game was on…
“Strike one! Strike two! Strike three! You’re out!” The umpire called out as Kay returned to the dugout.
“Don’t worry, Kay,” Jay said. “We have two more chances.”
“It’s… it’s… it’s out of the field!”
Home run for Jay!
With a score of 1-0 at the bottom of the first, Hurry-Up took to the plate.
It’s a hit! And he’s off… first… second… third… and he’s home! He’s pretty fast in those inline skates. The score is now 1-1.
The game went on with one team scoring one point and the other team scoring one point.
Then came the tie-breaker…
Kay was at the plate. Can’t-Do was pitching. “Na, na, na, na!” Can’t-Do chanted at Kay. “You can’t do it. You can’t hit the ball. Come on, Kay, let’s see a strike.”
“Strike one!” the umpire called.
Oh no. This was it. Full count. Bases loaded. Can’t-Do taunting and teasing.
“Don’t pay attention to Can’t-Do,” Jay yelled. “Just focus on the ball. Keep your eye on the ball.”
Kay did as Jay said, and she watched as the ball came toward her. She swung! She hit! Boy, did she hit! Over the fence and into Mrs. Wilder’s flower bed.
“Homerun!” the umpire shouted. The game was over. CrabbieMasters won! Kay was carried off the field by her teammates and the Crabbies crawled away.
Mrs. Wilder came over and handed Kay the game ball. “Great game, kids! Be sure to stop over when you leave and I’ll give you some nice peaches to take home.”
Team CrabbieMasters had a great day. They won the game and they got to pick some yummy peaches from Mrs. Wilder’s tree.
And that made everyone very happy!
As the preschoolers were sitting with me the other day, they were recalling the obstacle course the older kids had made last summer.
One of them asked, “Miss Becky, can we do that tomorrow?”
Suddenly, three Crabbies were standing right there in front of me!
“You still have to help the kids sign all those autograph dogs. You can’t set up an obstacle course too! Tell them there is no time. There’s just no way. They’ll have to wait for another day.”
While the Crabbies were talking to me, I could hear another child ask, “Can we, Miss Becky? Can we do an obstacle course tomorrow?”
This time I answered, “It would be fun, but I don’t think we can. We have to sign all the dogs tomorrow, and I have to manage that. I won’t have time to set up an obstacle course and get lunch ready too.”
One by one, the kids showed me they are CrabbieMasters:
“Miss Becky, we can’t let Can’t-Do win.”
“Half of us can sign the dogs while the other half works on the obstacle course. Then we can switch.”
“If we all pitch in, Hurry-Up won’t have a chance!”
“We can help you, Miss Becky!”
As I said, “Okay. Let’s give it a try,” I watched the three Crabbies out of the corner of my eye. I watched them quickly slump away.
“Whew!” I thought. “They almost had me today!”
How did it all work out, you ask?
Well… see for yourself!
Another fun way to keep the Crabbies at bay!
It’s June! Time for some summertime fun! Campgrounds and beaches are open and for many it’s warm enough to enjoy all kinds of outside activities. Hey – looks like a ball game is about to get going!
Here’s a few more of Jay and Kay’s favorite ways to enjoy summer fun:
I like camping! I get so excited when Dad says we’re going camping. I get so excited I can’t even sleep. Too-Tired tries to sneak up on me, but I get good night’s sleep anyway so I can enjoy everything! I do a Power-Up by closing my eyes until Too-Tired goes away and I drift off to sleep. That way I have energy for the whole next day!
They also love watching Jay and Kay’s ball games with friends. And climbing around together on all the fun equipment at the park. Lots of fun teamwork is great at keeping Get-Along away!
Ha! Even though King tries to send in the Crabbies on their little missions, CrabbieMasters know how to stop them.
Right in their tracks!
What’s your favorite summertime fun?
Finally… spring has arrived. What are you doing on this first day of spring?
The CrabbieMasters are looking forward to warmer weather and playing outside. They know it’s a time when they can be having so much fun, they don’t stop to eat. That’s when Hungry can become a pest.
“Me?” Hungry asked.
“Yeah, you,” Jay answered.
“Couldn’t be,” said Hungry.
“Then who?” Kay asked.
Oh, wait… that’s “Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar.” It’s a fun singing game that a lot of kids probably don’t play today. This is one version of it. It’s a fun outdoor game. Give it a try!
Psst–keep this quiet, but we here at Team CrabbieMasters saw the Crabbies playing it! Yes, they were celebrating spring by playing a singing game. Sometimes, they find other ways to have fun besides trying to ruin our days!
Happy Spring to all of you from all of us at Team CrabbieMasters!