6 Activities to Do While Babysitting Children

6 Activities to Do While Babysitting Children

A babysitter's toolkit.
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It seems for many people, their first paid job was babysitting. Whether it be younger siblings or neighbors, babysitting is a popular first job, and is highly sought out by many working parents. I know for me, I grew up in a large neighborhood full of children. My older sister was significantly older than most of the other children in our neighborhood, and she babysat for a large number of families throughout the neighborhood. I also babysat for the family who lives behind our home. Also, my friend and I babysat over a boy over winter break. I love babysitting because it is a fun way to make extra money. I love playing with the kids and doing activities with them.

One conundrum that always appears upon being asked to babysit is, what will I do with them? There are some days that it is easier to just hang out, but other times, it is fun to have something planned. This does not mean taking them out necessarily, but that can also be fun. Here are some options for when you just can not figure out what to do with the children you are babysitting.

1. Go to the playground or park area.

This seems like a pretty basic idea; however, it is always fun! The kids can play on the playground equipment or they can start up a game of tag or hide and seek. Also, after all that running around, the kids will probably be pretty tired and go to sleep early that night! That is a perk for you if you are the one putting them to bed or a pleasing surprise for their parents!

2. Crafts.

I always look up babysitting activities on Pinterest and find some really fun projects to do with the kids. Pinterest is great because you can find simple activities for very young children, or more complex projects that will keep the older children engaged. One of my favorite activities that I have used from Pinterest is the DIY play dough. This craft only required cornstarch, hair conditioner, a mixing bowl, and optional food coloring. This was fun to make with the kids and took up a lot of time because after making it, they were able to make fun things!

3. Make a fort.

When I was younger, I used to love making forts out of sheets in my room and in my family room with my siblings. Gather spare sheets and blankets and put together a fun fort. It is also fun to set up a laptop in the fort and put a movie on Netflix. This is a perfect rainy day activity.

4. Bingo.

Over the summer, I was asked to babysit for two boys who lived nearby and their friends while their parents went out one night. The other kids were not sleeping over, so the parents did not set a bedtime; therefore, we had a lot of free time. I decided to bring my old bingo cage and host a bingo game. I also went to the dollar store that morning and purchased some prizes for the game. This kept the children very engaged and it was fun for all ages because the children varied from 6 to 10 years old.

5. Go to the library.

Often times, local libraries will have separate children’s rooms with games, computers, books, and more. This can be fun if you want to get out of the house, but you do not want to spend money. You can go to the library and either read them a book, play a game with them, or let them pick out a movie to check out and watch back at home.

6. Scavenger hunt.

This is a fun way to get out of the house. Create clues or a map to landmarks or places around town and have the kids guess the location when they get there, take a picture of them with the landmark and have the final clue lead to a fun destination, such as an ice cream parlor, or have a treasure box waiting for them! This is fun for both you and the children and the parents will love seeing the pictures!

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There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

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You are so strong. Never forget that.

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It's no secret that most siblings go through periods of loving and hating each other before they become best friends. My parents always told us "don't burn bridges with your sister, one day she'll be your best friend," and like most moody teenagers, I would roll my eyes and walk away.

How could I ever become best friends with this person who stole my clothes, who would flirt with the boys I liked, who had more friends than I ever would?

To my surprise, I went off to college, and my sister became my best and closest friend.

To my not-so-little-sister (yes, we're only 13 months apart. Thanks, mom!) who finally became my best friend,

I know I haven't said it enough over the last 18-years, but I love you. Please remember no matter how many times that I'll continue to say it now, I will always love you so much. Having a sister like you has not only been one of life's biggest challenges but one of its biggest blessings as well.

Thank you for teaching me so many lessons in our journey through life together. I know that they typically say 'learn from your older siblings' mistakes,' but let's be real, you've taught me a lot more than I could have ever shown you.

Thank you for being there for me when life gets hard. For being the only familiar face in the halls of every new school, and holding my hand after each heartbreak, I experienced. Thank you for the many late-night Steak 'n Shake runs, and hours spent with me shopping at the mall (because we both know how indecisive I get when it comes to clothes). For the times we've danced in the kitchen screaming Demi Lovato's greatest hits avoiding the piles of dishes and laundry to do before mom gets home.

These are some of the memories I will cherish forever.

Thank you for being the best secret-keeper and the person I know I can always trust the most. You've seen me at my best, but also my worst and yet you never fail to be there when I need you. Sometimes I feel like you know me better than I know myself. Thank you for accepting who I am as a person and supporting me even when others in our family do not.

Despite all of the stupid fights growing up over stealing each other's shoes or clothes or what time we were going to leave for school in the morning (that was a weird one), I don't know what I would do without you. My biggest regret in life is looking back and realizing how much time we lost fighting over the littlest things. I miss having you close to me.

Know that I'm always here for you, even if it's a 2 A.M Facetime call away. You can come to me with anything and everything. I know I don't tell you this enough, but I am so proud of who you are and the woman you are becoming.

Through both the good times and the bad, I will always be here supporting you, encouraging you, and loving you. Through thick and thin I will always be your big sister (even if it's only by 13 months) who loves you. No amount of distance, no fight, and no mistake could ever change that.

A few things I hope you always remember my dear sister: you are beautiful, smart, determined, passionate, and talented. You are so strong. Never forget that. You are so much more than you will ever believe yourself to be. You can conquer the world and reach any of the dreams that you set yourself out to achieve. I know you will! You are capable of so much more than you will ever know. Work hard, never give up.

Through everything that you do, in everything that you face, I will always be here supporting you. I am so proud of you. I can't wait to see you reach all of your dreams.

"The bond between sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship." - Margret Mead

I love you forever,

Your big sister

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