Once you find a babysitter, then what?
While the TV and iPad are great ways to entertain your kids, you hired that babysitter for a reason!
Instead of having him/her watch TV with your children, have her play some games to change things up a bit.
No, I’m not talking Monopoly or Hungry, Hungry Hippos, but instead, it would be something more creative such as these eight kid’s games:
Kids Games for a Babysitter
#1 Have a Carnival – If the weather is nice, bring the party outside. Set
up a few booths with simple games such as throwing the baseball against
some pins or squirting a water gun at a target. Have them use their
imagination. For every game that they win, give them a raffle ticket that
can be redeemed for candy or a prize.
#2 String Tail – This is a simple game that any child can get the hang of
quickly. Cut some rope so that it is long enough for the rope to drag
along the ground. Once cut, tuck three pieces of rope in the back of the
child’s pants. After that is done, you will have the children run around
trying to stomp on the rope to successfully take it out. The last one
standing wins the game.
#3 Scavenger Hunt – A scavenger hunt can be done in many different ways.
Before you give the children a checklist, you can either try to find
things outside without them knowing or even hide things throughout the
yard. Remember, don’t make it too challenging or they may get a little
frustrated. Generally, the older they are, the more challenging a hidden
objects game should be.
#4 Water Limbo – For those hot days, water limbo is a simple way to cool
off and have fun. Grab the water house and squirt a steady stream ahead.
Using that stream, have the children limbo underneath without getting wet.
Just like limbo, keep moving the water stream down until they can’t do it
#5 Bubble Pop – If you’re going to watch children under the age of three,
popping bubbles with a racket can be a blast. Be careful, though, because
most children tend to get rather wild with their racquets. While you can
turn this into a game, many toddlers just have fun chasing bubbles through
#6 Create Slime – While this isn’t really a game, it’s a great hands-on
project that children of all ages really enjoy. What you’re going to want
to do is grab corn flour, salt, water and food coloring of your choice.
Mix these ingredients in a bowl and mix. After you mix, you should have a
big pile of slime that creates fun for hours.
#7 Hide and Seek in Groups – No, this isn’t your hide and seek you’re used
to. Instead of having everyone hide and having one person count, you will
do the opposite. Have one person hide and when each child finds him/her,
they will join them in that hiding spot. The last person to find the
group loses! This is a great way to switch up the hide and seek game we’re
#8 Skits – For older children, this is a great way to keep them
entertained for hours. Gather up some costumes, set up props and have
them complete a small play. This play, obviously, doesn’t have to be a
piece of art, but instead, it should be something to allow them to be
imaginative and help pass the time.
These are all great games for kids that you can play the next time you watch
children of all ages. Remember, when you are babysitting, always provide
supervision to prevent the situation from getting out of hand. Parents need
to trust their babysitters to keep their children safe as well as happy!
Does anybody else have games they would like to add to this list?
What did you play with your babysitter as a child?
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