When I started my blog I was writing posts about onesie extenders and behavior charts and baby bibs–and now my baby is babysitting! My how times have changed! I have always tried to blog about things that are relevant to me. Stuff I actually use and need and want! And 2 years ago I would have never guessed I would be blogging about a babysitting kit–but this is where the path led!
She started babysitting during the summer and I told her, “Listen, these ladies aren’t paying you to watch movies with their kids. They are paying you to play with their kids and keep their house clean.” I put her on Pinterest and told her to check out all the fun ideas there were….and she went for it! Two weekends she spent making activities and games and her first few paychecks she spent at the dollar store to buy stuff! So I thought I would share all the fun stuff! (she actually has a whole box full of stuff that’s in her closet…and when she gets asked to babysit she just goes through it and picks out activities for the proper age of the kids!)
Giant dice (they come in handy for lots of games) chalk, frisbee, jump rope, ball, foam (or playdoh), stickers, puzzles, and coloring stuff. And then she created these fun games:
She said this is one of the kids most requested game! So easy and the kids love playing animals!
You could also create a car mat
Another thing she created was a fishing game. She drew all these fun fish (and I laminated them– love my laminater!!) We clipped some paper clips on each fish. Had a stick, added a string and glued a magnet on the end!
We printed out a few of these and laminated them and use those giant foam dice from the dollar store!
she also plays THIS OLAF ONE
This is just paper plates and a paper towel tube! fun to try to ring around the tube!
She creates these laser mazes down hallways! fun and easy activity! The kids love this one! Just yarn and painter’s tape!
RAINBOW SCAVENGER HUNT
My kids fought over these last summer! who knew two cans could be so much fun!
These I spy bags are great for quiet time…and really cheap to make!
or a fun hopscotch mat
any of these would be super fun–and most things are found around the house!
TIN CAN BOWLING (you can also flip these upside down and toss things in them.)
She played this one a lot this summer
A quick and easy activity that you can eat! Just toothpicks and marshmallows!
Last but not least:
She went through my scrap fabric and found some squares and filled with rice. Then fold up the edges and wrap with a rubber band!
Then she makes a target on the ground with painter’s tape and they toss them into the target!
We played at home and both kids took turns tossing them in to see how close they could get!
She sometimes takes the cans from tin can bowling and the kids can try to toss them into the cans!
So there you go! Fun ideas that are totally cheap and easy!
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