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Games & Activities for Babysitters to Play with Kids

It is important for children to have an enjoyable time with their babysitter. Being away from mom and dad can be a stressful time for some kids; playing games with them can help them to relax, and to trust the babysitter more. In addition, when a child is occupied with an activity of some sort, she is less likely to get into trouble. Some interesting games that babysitters can play with kids can include:

– Dough creations. Using homemade or store-bought play dough can help to pass the time, and gives children an outlet for their creativity. You can even make the dough with the children. Use 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon of oil, 1 Tablespoon of powdered alum, 1/2 cup of salt, 2 Tablespoons of Vanilla, and food coloring for each color. Mix the dry ingredients, then add the oil and water. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove the mixture from heat, and then add the vanilla and food coloring. Divide it into balls, and have the children help you work in the color by kneading the dough.

– Homemade cards. Children can make birthday cards for friends and relatives with old magazines, construction paper, markers, and envelopes.

– Other crafts. Children enjoy coloring, gluing, cutting and drawing just about everything. Be certain to use age-appropriate materials.

– Kids board games. Age-appropriate board games, from Chutes and Ladders to Candyland to Monopoly can help to pass the time.

– Many children will enjoy role-playing activities, such as house, cops-and-robbers, or treasure hunters.

– Have an indoor picnic or tea party. Lay blankets out on the floor, pack a cooler, and invite some stuffed animals to the party.

– Make a fort out of old cardboard boxes or couch cushions.

– Other traditional kids games can include hide and seek, I-spy, etc.

– With the kids’ input, write a short play. Help them to make costumes, and then practice the play. Allow them to perform the play for their parents when they return home.

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