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Babysitting kit

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!)
babysitting kit

I actually added some fun heat transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl –cause everything is better with vinyl! (this is called confetti! 

Expressions vinyl bag
Here are some random things she picked up at the dollar store.

fun stuff to buy from the dollar store for babysitting

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:

ACTIVITY STICKS activity sticks

She said this is one of the kids most requested game! So easy and the kids love playing animals!

TREASURE MAPS

Anytime I get a fun package I save all that brown paper packaging they use to wrap around it…She keeps them and sometimes they make “treasure maps”
treasure map from brown paper sack

You could also create a car mat washi-tape-activity-mat1-900x600

 

FISHING GAME

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!

fishing game diy

magnetic fish

 

BUILD A ROBOT

We printed out a few of these and laminated them and use those giant foam dice from the dollar store!
printable-preschool-game

she also plays  THIS OLAF ONE olaf-game-do-you-want-to-build-a-snowman-free-printable.-a-girl-and-a-glue-gun-900x1153

 

PAPER PLATE TOSS

This is just paper plates and a paper towel tube! fun to try to ring around the tube!

paper plate toss

 

DON’T EAT PETE

She also has a couple don’t eat pete printables in there…(She will grab a bag of marshmallows or fruit loops to use as treats!)
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LASER MAZE

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

This is fun for inside or outside! Find something that matches each color!
rainbow scavenger hunt out of an egg carton  Her painting it…(just proof that she actually did this herself!)
painting kids crafts

 

TIN CAN STILTS

My kids fought over these last summer! who knew two cans could be so much fun!

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I-SPY BAGS

These I spy bags are great for quiet time…and really cheap to make!

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MARBLE RACE

She sliced a pool noodle in half (you can get this at the dollar store!) and threw in a couple marbles marble races using a pool noodle

BUBBLE WRAP–always handy to have on hand!
bubble wrap Super cool to use as a road for cars  bubble wrap road

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or a fun hopscotch mat DSC_0765-1

MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES

any of these would be super fun–and most things are found around the house!

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PAPER PLATE TENNIS
paper plate tennis 1

Also super fun to play inside or outside! Or ditch the plates and just see how long each person can keep a balloon up in the air!
balloon games

TIN CAN BOWLING (you can also flip these upside down and toss things in them.)

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 PASS THE WATER

She played this one a lot this summer

pass-the-water-summer-game

MARSHMALLOW BUILDING

marshmallow building

A quick and easy activity that you can eat! Just toothpicks and marshmallows!

Last but not least:

TARGET TOSS

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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About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.

Comments

  1. What a great idea. My girls babysat lots when they were younger. They each had a collection of tried-and-true games that they’d play with the kids. I’ve shared tips I wish parents knew before they hired a babysitter (yes, personal experience can teach a lot, can’t it?). http://organized31.com/tips-on-hiring-a-teen-babysitter/

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