This is a team of boys and girls ages 5-6. Trying to organize 11 children that age to do anything is a challenge. Trying to organize, train, coach and encourage these children to play a sport together takes a level of patience that few possess.
So I thought it would be nice if I made a small end of season gift for them (there are four coaches) to say thanks for being the kind of coaches we, as parents, always hope our kids will have.
Of course, four gifts can start adding up financially. I spent a few days trying to think up a gift that was cost effective, useful, meaningful and would be appreciated by both men and women (two male coaches, two female). Then I was at Walters game a few weeks ago and I saw one coach writing something down, using the team bench as a writing surface. A few minutes later I saw a second coach use the back of a third coach as a writing surface. These people clearly needed clipboards. Wait.....these people clearly needed clipboards!!!! Perfect!!!!!!
Right after the game I dashed over to Staples Business Depot and bought clipboards. Two in a package for $4.49. I needed two packages, but I was still pretty happy about a thank you gift costing less than $3.
But, my gentle readers, I did not just hand out plain press-board clipboards to these sweet coaches.
I decided to first paint the clipboards bright yellow. T ball is played with a softball. Where a baseball is white a softball is bright yellow.
As it turns out, if you put bright yellow paint on a brown clipboard without a white primer, what you get isn't a yellow painted clipboard. Its a a hideously green tinged clipboard. Guess how I know.....
However, after 4-5 coats it comes out looking pretty close to the colour of a softball.
|4-5 coats of yellow paint later|
|Freehand baseball "stitching"|
|Here is a full clipboard view with the stitching|
|Already looks pretty awesome, right?|
|Mod Podge and I are good friends|