6 Activities to Do While Babysitting Children

6 Activities to Do While Babysitting Children

A babysitter's toolkit.

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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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When You Are The Youngest Of 6 Kids

Having five older siblings is the greatest blessing I could have ever asked for. I get best friends for life.


I am probably one of the luckiest people on the planet because I have so many brothers and sisters. I have three brothers and two sisters. I'm the youngest of the six, so I have had a pretty interesting experience growing up with a big family.

My oldest brother is ten years older than me. All of my siblings were born in the 90s and I wasn't, but I wanted to fit in with them. I had to make sure I watched the same TV shows and movies that they did so I could relate to them. I tried to play the same games that they played, such as SEGA and Nintendo. I was not very good at any of them, but I was just happy to be with my siblings.

Going to school was always interesting because I always had a teacher that one or more of my siblings already had. Every year in school from 1st grade to 12th grade, I always heard, "Oh, I had a few of your siblings." Then, for the rest of the year, my teachers would slip up every once in a while and call me one of my sisters' names. I understood, though, because all of us look alike, so I would just go along with it and act like that was my name.

With my sisters, the three of us look like triplets, even though we are years apart. I get called Jess or Jen a lot by my parents. By process of elimination, they eventually figure out my name. I'm used to it as I respond to anyone who calls me by one of my sister's names.

Being the youngest, I get to see all my brothers and sisters accomplish many things. I watch what they do and learn from it. The problem for me has always been that all of my siblings are brilliant. I have always had to live up to the standards that my siblings set. It hasn't always been easy.

It can be frustrating because anyone that knows my brothers and sisters will automatically compare me to them in terms of intelligence. For example, I took AP Statistics in high school. I knew my teacher had a few of my siblings who were very bright and did well in that class. My teacher probably thought I was an idiot because I struggled in that class.

I have to try and prove to people that I am my own person and that I am just related to really smart people.

I never needed to worry about friends at school because, at the end of the day, I always had my five best friends at home. When we were all younger, we had our own sleepovers and parties, and we played games all the time.

Whenever I needed help with homework, I had my own free tutors at home who were willing to help me understand algebra and biology. Even in college, I still go to them when I need help with an assignment.

They took care of me when I was younger whenever my parents were working. I had my other five parents who were ready to take care of me. They still take care of me today.

Now that I am an adult, I have had to start doing things for myself. It's kind of weird.

I always had everyone else do everything for me or with me. If I needed to go somewhere, they were my chauffeurs. If we went out to eat somewhere, they paid, but now I can drive myself around and pay for things with my own money.

At the end of the day, I have five best friends for life. For me, that is all I need.

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