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101 indoor games and activities for kids

We’ve put together a long list of indoor games and activities — both big and small — that are great for kids.

1. Set up an indoor hopscotch grid using painter’s tape.

2. Play a classic game like “Old Maid.”

3. Bake and decorate sugar cookies.

4. Make a giant crayon cupcake craft out of old, broken crayons.

5. Play a game where kids shut their eyes and you feed them different types of food. Have them try to guess what they’re eating based on flavor alone.

6. Make cards for loved ones like grandparents and put them in the mail.

7. Have a sing-a-long.

8. Learn how to whip up homemade body lotion and lip balm, and have a DIY beauty spa day.

9. Collect all your kid’s toy cars, and have a mini car wash in the sink.

10. Play pickup sticks.

11. Have an indoor picnic for the family room. Everyone can pick out or make something to share.

12. Construct an indoor sandcastle using paper towel rolls and miscellaneous cardboard and construction paper.

13. Build a homemade telescope using a paper towel roll.

14. Set up a miniature train and village.

15. Build a skyscraper out of blocks or Legos.

16. Create a touch-and-feel box by cutting a hole in an old shoebox and filling it with different items that your child will be able to identify by feel.

17. Make and blow bubbles that are safe for indoor use.

18. Build a pillow fort.

19. Collect family photos, and make an album.

20. Set up a “balance beam” using masking tape on the floor.

21. Play musical cushions, just like musical chairs but using cushions spread out on your living room floor.

22. Color dry beans and make art.

23. Construct marshmallow toys using mini-marshmallows and pretzel sticks.

24. Create a DIY “Twister” game using masking tape and colored paper.

25. Sing karaoke.

26. Sit in a circle or around a fire and tell each other ghost stories.

27. Cook a special family dinner.

28. Play hide-and-seek.

29. Make your own Bingo cards and play.

30. Set up an indoor basketball game using a bucket and a rolled up sock.

31. Have a dance party.

32. Try a concentration game by setting up a group of stuffed animals. Take one away and ask your child to figure out what’s missing.

33. In a basement or large space, try the crab walk or wheelbarrow.

34. Teach them how to tell a joke.

35. Try some easy, kid-friendly yoga stretches.

36. For sports fans, make your own sports triangles.

37. Using string, play “Cat’s Cradle.”

38. Wash the family dog.

39. Cut up magazines and newspapers and create a collage.

40. Have a pillow fight.

41. Using a broom, try out some “Limbo.”

42. Start a piggy bank or coin collection.

43. Have an indoor snowball fight using balled up socks.

44. Dress up in old costumes, or create new ones.

45. Make cupcakes for a friend.

46. Set up indoor bowling using empty water bottles and a tennis ball.

47. Create snowflakes with scissors and a sheet of paper.

48. Make your own lava lamp and make science fun for kids.

49. Plant indoor flower pots or herbs.

50. Play “Follow the Leader.”

51. Make your own tic-tac-toe or hangman games.

52. Play patty cake.

53. Find a hula hoop and see how long you can keep it going.

54. Make your own bookmarks for storytime.

55. Pick favorite animals or people and play the “who am I?” or “what is it?” guessing game.

56. Get large pieces of paper and trace one another’s bodies on the floor.

57. Gather around the fireplace and sing camp songs.

58. Build an ocean in your bathtub and fill it with toy boats.

59. Play “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.”

60. Do some silly shakes when you need to get the energy out.

61. Host your own matinee movie.

62. Play the “I Doubt It” card game.

63. For older children, try out “Cranium.”

64. Take turns at playing doctor.

65. Play your favorite rhyming game.

66. Place a balloon between one another’s torsos and see how far you can walk without dropping it.

67. With that balloon, you can also play “Keep It Up.”

68. Write a story together.

69. Pick out your favorite songs, and play the “Music Freeze” game.

70. Get some exercise, and do a few jumping jacks.

71. Play “Guess Who?”

72. Create your own paper beads out of magazines for a necklace or bracelet.

73. Play “I Spy.”

74. Set up a stage, and put on your own show.

75. Using sheet paper, make an origami fortune teller.

76. Learn a few good magic tricks.

77. Build an indoor mini-golf course using plastic cups set up around your living room.

78. Create noise makers out of empty bottles and beans or rice.

79. Play “Duck Duck Goose.”

80. Prepare breakfast in bed for someone special.

81. Using a bandana, try out “Blind Man’s Bluff.”

82. Play the “Clapping Game.”

83. Make dream catchers out of paper plates and string.

84. Play “Scrabble” or “Boggle.”

85. Set up an indoor obstacle course.

86. Grab a potato, beanbag or ball, and play “Hot Potato.”

87. Take turns reading to each other. Everyone reads a sentence or a page.

88. Paint or draw a picture on cardboard, cut it into shapes and create your own puzzle.

89. Gather objects from around the house (pots, spoons, paper towel tube, etc.) to make your own musical instruments, and play your favorite songs.

90. Fill a balloon with a little sand using a funnel, and blow it up halfway to make a fun ball to play with.

91. Drag out the costume box and have a fashion photo shoot. Must-haves include feather boas and necklaces.

92. Take the items you found on your last nature walk, and use them to create multi-textured art. Glue flowers, sticks and sand to a piece of construction paper.

93. Look up popular YouTube dance videos for kids and follow along with the choreography.

94. Make binoculars out of TP rolls and personalize them with art supplies.

95. Make pancakes for breakfast (or breakfast for dinner!) and see who can come up with the most creative shapes.

96. Inspire a future decorator or architect, and design a dream house out of clay.

97. Practice chemistry that smells nice by making your own perfume. You only need three things.

98. Get out the face-painting kit, and make crazy faces on each other.

99. Try different hairstyles on each other.

100. Learn how to sew, and make hats with colorful pom poms for yourself.

101. Create colorful bracelets and necklaces for friends and family out of colored thread.

Babysitting Ideas For A Babysitting Kit

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When I was growing up, we had a babysitter named Karen for a short time. I always looked forward to her coming over. She would bring a babysitting bag with her, much like the one that Mary Poppins carried, full of all sorts of magic. She would pull out of her babysitting kit all kinds of crafts and activities for us to do and it seemed like no time at all until my mom was back home and Karen had to leave and take her bag of fun with her.

When I started babysitting for my neighbour’s three little ones, I had been so influenced by Karen that I packed a babysitting activities bag of toys and games to bring for them and they waited expectantly to see what treasures were in store for them.

Our kids have been fortunate enough to have a babysitter who brings special treats and activities for them as well. Rachel is a wonderful babysitter and her bag of goodies only adds to the fun. The kids always look forward to her coming over.

Earlier this year, our daughter Miss Optimism took her babysitter course and is now officially old enough to babysit. She has created a babysitting bag for herself that she brings with her when she goes to the two families that she sits for. The kids at both homes look forward to her coming and finding out what babysitting games they can play.

Creating a babysitting kit is not complicated. It helps both, the children being babysat, the parents of those kids, and the babysitter. It helps create better safety as the kids are likely being more closely supervised during those babysitting games. It makes the time pass more quickly for the kids and babysitter, it makes the time easier on the babysitter, and it cuts down on behaviour issues.

Babysitting Checklists

I’ve made a simple printable for you to include in the kit, The Babysitter Checklist. You can put the two pages back-to-back into a plastic sleeve and use a dry erase marker to update the information.

What to include in your babysitter kit:

  • simple first aid kit with bandaids, cleaning wipes, safety pins, and tweezers
  • Babysitter Checklist in plastic sleeve and dry erase marker
  • board games that are age appropriate for the kids
  • puzzles that are age appropriate for the kids
  • books
  • craft supplies or craft kits
  • colouring books and crayons
  • homemade playdough
  • Busy Bags
  • good quality toys – when I was babysitting, I would often bring Marbleworks along with my kit and it’s the exact same Marbleworks that my kids still play with! It’s a nice one because kids of many different ages can all enjoy it together.

The thing that kids look most forward to playing with in my daughter’s babysitting kit is the busy bags. I think the main reason for this is that it is something novel and new for them. They are great for the babysitter as well as they really help keep kids productive and busy and they are wonderful tools for learning colours, numbers, shapes, letters, patterns, and reading. This aspect of them will really be appreciated by the parents!

Example of a Babysitting Bag

Here’s a sample of some of the fun babysitting activities that go in my daughter Miss Optimism’s babysitter kit. She will swap out the busy bags most times so that she is always bringing fresh things and she changes the books and puzzles depending on the ages and interests of the kids she’s babysitting.

Babysitting Bag (in the image above):

  • three busy bags
  • three books
  • a colouring book
  • bag of crayons
  • sticker pack
  • Progressive Puzzles
  • Playful Patterns.

First Time Babysitting

Helping your child to create a babysitting kit when they first start as a babysitter will help them to feel more professional and confident. It will also help them to stand out from other sitters and do the best job possible. While creating the kit, I would suggest taking the chance to talk about other responsibilities and safety measures for when they are babysitting.

I know that nowadays, it can be very difficult to get a babysitter and parents don’t have high expectations, but I believe in teaching my kids to work hard and go above and beyond. Babysitting will be the first job many kids have and the habits they form there will help shape their future work habits.

Here’s what I tell my daughter about babysitting…

Babysitting Tips:

  • being on time means being early (this also gives the parents time to explain their expectations and the routine).
  • leave the house cleaner than you found it.
  • when in doubt, ask.
  • the kids and their safety come first, but if they are sleeping, tidy up or try to bless the family by finding ways to help.
  • call your own parent if a behaviour issue arises and you don’t know how to handle it.
  • children are precious and caring for them is a big responsibility.
  • do things in such a way that you will feel proud of yourself.
  • you are an example to the children you are watching so be a good role model.

If you are looking for more fun babysitting activities to include in your babysitter kit, check out all of our busy bag ideas.

There is also a more detailed Babysitter Checklist included in our More Calm in the Chaos Printable Planners for Moms.

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BABY SITTING ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS

Deciding to baby sit any child can be a challenge. Baby sitting activities that will keep small people amused should not be one of those challenges, children are different and age play a huge role. Bored children become destructive and this can make your task extremely difficult. Therefore, you’ll need a few proven fun activities to keep everyone happy. Fun games and activities make the time fly by, for everyone. Remember to check with the parents if they approve of the activities you have planned, the most important factor is that everyone will be safe.

Below you will find:

Fun baby sitting activities, educational baby sitting activities, fun babysitting games, inexpensive crafts for baby sitters, indoor and outdoor babysitting activities, baby sitting activities for single children and other fun ideas to make baby sitting a lovely experience for all.

Keeping children amused and entertained with babysitting games is one thing, stimulating both their brains and energetic little bodies for an extended period of time, calls for a bit of planning. Having a few unique tried and tested babysitting activities on hand can make the difference between happy kids that will enjoy their time with you whilst in your care and kids that become completely out of control.

Although it is easy to simply put the children in front of the TV for the duration that they are with you, this is not very interesting for anyone. You should be planning baby sitting activities which are both fun and educational.

A LIST OF FUN BABY SITTING ACTIVITIES

  • All children love painting and drawing and this is one of the easiest and fun babysitting activities for you to set up. Try to do the painting outside if possible and make sure that you cover the floor and table with paper. Also try and get the children to wear old clothing just in case, then allow them to use their imaginations. They don’t even need to use paint brushes make finger paint! Painting with hands and fingers can be huge fun, children love to be creative and this is a fantastic way to allow them to.
  • Thumbprint Faces and other fingerprint art will provide you with loads of ideas that will be as exciting for kids as for you.
  • Make cute gingerbread men or cards with our free templates.
  • Another artistic idea is butchers paper stuck to a wall or fence (preferably outside), yes the type that comes in huge rolls that are used to wrap stuff in – if you can get your hands on a long strip of this, the kids will love to create a graffiti wall with sweet messages, hand prints, foot prints and any other prints you can think of.
  • Is there a birthday or other party coming up? Let kids choose and make party decorations with our free printable party kits.
  • Music is another one of those fantastic babysitting activities which will get everyone involved no matter what their talents are. You can turn ordinary household items into musical instruments, pots and pans as drums, small containers with dry rice as maracas etc, get the children to choose theirs, let their imagination flow. You will be amazed what musical instruments children can come up with and they will love the idea of making their own rock band or orchestra. Babysitting games can be educational as well as fun..
  • Scavenger Hunts are another great way to get the children up and moving about, a lovely idea to get rid of excess energy. You can make the babysitting activities as easy as you want as the children do need to be interested and want to continue playing, so for little ones you can use pictures instead of words on your scavenger hunt lists. This type of babysitting game is challenging as well as fun and children will love the whole treasure hunt idea. You can also have small toy or candy prizes for the winner and allow the children a treat like ice-cream for playing so well.
  • Which kid won’t like ice-cream? Making ice-cream is super easy, start your baby sitting activities off by making ice-cream and enjoy it when it’s time to cool down. It’s also fun to decorate the ice-cream in bowls or on cones with toppings that can make ice-cream faces. Tip: You don’t need an ice-cream maker (if you do have one, you’ll have ice-cream in 20 minutes!) but you can use a container with a larger surface or individual small containers for quick freezing in the freezer instead of a thick layer in a bowl that will take much longer to freeze. Another fun idea is to place the mixture in small zip-lock bags, if it’s not frozen in time, a little hole in the corner makes an instant ice-lolly to suck out of the bag!
  • A visit to a local zoo or animal farm yard is always a winner. Kids generally love animals and they like to watch and learn about animals that they have not seen before. If a zoo or animal farm yard is not an option, you can even pay a visit to the local pet store and include a stop for fun drinks, such as milkshakes!
  • Easy crafts for kids is another fun way to entertain kids of any age. Your baby sitting fee may not allow you to spend additional money on craft supplies and other entertainment but there are craft ideas that are inexpensive and great fun. You could also submit an activity list to the parents to choose from before hand and ask the parents to assist with the supplies needed.
  • There are also a number of fun games like the ancient tangram that you can make with the kids, teach them how to make it and use it. This is one of those games that are great fun to play and superb for spatial development and no one will ever suspect that they are learning! This fun game is suitable for most ages and great when you are limited to indoor baby sitting activities.
  • A great outdoor babysitting activity for both summer and winter time is of course building a secret hide-out in the garden. Tipi tents are easy and fun to construct and you can add as much or as little detail for the amount of time that you have available. Everyone can help with something and it is easy enough for just two if you are only babysitting one child.
  • Good quality Board Games for Kids are lots of fun too and families usually have a number of these in the home. You can also create fun bingo games by simply using pictures of items in and around the garden for a great outdoor adventure. Then, take a stroll through the garden and the first to cross out a line wins! Are you bound to indoor games, no problem use pictures of a selection of household items and take a stroll through the house.
  • Weather permitting and the sun shining in all it’s summer glory you can set up a water sprinkler on the lawn, it’s safe and a great way to get the kids clean and have loads of laughs.

If you can keep yourself and the children in your care happy and amused with babysitting activities, your job will be so much easier. Active children will be happier and better behaved and this is what you want to achieve.

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  • Solve a few free printable Mazes
  • Make an easy Bird Feeder or plant something fun
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FUN ACTIVITIES THAT DO NOT COST MUCH AND MAKE KIDS SMILE!

Is there a girl who would not love to indulge in making her own cosmetic lip balms or glam herself out with beautiful sparkling bracelets in fun colors? Yes indeed girls of almost all ages will love this!

The boys would love putting foam airplanes together and flying them after they had a chance to decorate with wild fun colors!

Then turn out the lights get the flashlights on and start searching for some pirate treasures on little pieces of paper that has been hidden in the biggest, darkest room!

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Activities for children can help nannies, babysitters and kids enjoy their time together! Below is a list of children’s craft activities and songs. There are literally hundreds of ideas to entertain children! Here are just a few to get you started.

SIMPLE CRAFTS

Activity Items needed
Hats newspaper and crayons
Balloon animals / people balloons, markers, curling ribbon for hair
Paper plate masks crayons, glitter, feathers, fine elastic
Clocks paper plates, pipe cleaners
Bunny rabbit picture paper, crayon, cotton wool balls for tails
Caterpillars egg cartons, pipe cleaners, green markers or paint
Bracelets froot loops threaded on fine elastic
Collage glue, paper, objects
Painting with rollers, stencils, brushes, stamps, sponges
Ink pictures with pad & stamps
Foot & Hand Prints paint and paper
Sticker pictures stickers of all shapes and sizes!
Rainbows coloured paper or crayons drawn in arches
Under the Sea green paper background & shapes stuck on
Card-making paper, paint, photos
Aeroplanes paper and markers
Animal ears paper to make headband, ears cut out of fabric or paper
Necklaces pasta, elastic, paints, glitter
Pet rocks Rocks, markers, stick on eyes
Puppets upturned juice boxes & icy-pole sticks, wool for hair, markers to decorate
Scarecrow paper bag stuffed with paper or cotton wool, decorated and placed on ice-cream stick
Butterfly mobile coat hanger, string, butterflies, markers, glitter
Treasure hunt treasures (toy jewellery) & hiding spots!
Shakers little plastic juice bottle, filled with rice

SONGS WITH ACTIONS

  • Pat a cake
  • I’m a little tea pot
  • Ipsy Wipsy Spider
  • Twinkle twinkle little star
  • Round and round the garden
  • This little piggy went to market
  • Heads, shoulders, knees and toes
  • If you’re happy and you know it
  • Little peter rabbit had a fly upon his nose

COUNTING SONGS

  • This old man, he played 1
  • 5 little ducks went out one day
  • 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive
  • There were 10 in the bed and the little one said

POPULAR NURSERY RHYMES

  • Shoo fly
  • Rock a bye baby
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Baa baa black sheep
  • Hickory dickory dock
  • Mary had a little lamb
  • Its raining its pouring
  • Polly put the kettle on
  • Row row row your boat

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Dress ups
  • Play dough
  • Hide & Seek
  • Stacking cups
  • Bubble blowing
  • Board games
  • Worksheets & Colouring in –
  • Teddy Bear Picnic
  • Musical instruments
  • Stacking pots and pans
  • Car rides inside boxes
  • Sorting through toys, re-discovering old ones!
  • Baking – jelly with frogs, ice biscuits, mini pizzas
  • Make a cubby house -with blankets and cushions
  • Playing with kitchen spoons, spatulas & plastic containers

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

  • Sand play
  • Gardening
  • Visit parks
  • Water play
  • Ball Games
  • Go for walks
  • Visit libraries
  • Treasure hunt
  • Have a picnic

Want more activity ideas?

Visit the Essential Baby forum for the 101 Toddler activities & visit the Essential Kids Activities and Worksheets page to download free worksheets & colouring in sheets plus a range of other fun play ideas to keep the kids entertained.

Have you landed your first babysitting gig but don’t have any babysitting games to fall back on? Don’t just plant them in front of the TV or a tablet. No matter the age group, there are lots of different games that can keep your wards entertained for hours.

Preschoolers and Kindergarten 3-6

Babysitting small children that are in school is a little easier, but you don’t want to be known as the babysitter that just sits and watches television. Babysitting is an interactive job and many parents expect you to spend time with the kids. There are several fun games you can play with this age group, but be careful of what children in this age group put in their mouths.

Board and Card Games

Young children love board games, and odds are their parents have a few in the house. Opt for quick games like card games (Old Maid, Sevens, Hearts), Trouble, Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. Matching games and Feed the Pig are also popular for this age group. You can also make up card games like slap the ace or find the king. Be prepared to mediate any disputes that may arise while playing.

Freeze Dance

Similar to freeze tag but an indoor game, freeze dance requires some fun tunes and kids to freeze when the music stops. You’ll want to turn on the music and have kids dance. When the music stops, they should freeze and maintain that stance until the music starts again. If they move, they lose.

Animal Game

Kids at this age are learning their letters and numbers. You can help to reinforce this by working on naming animals that are in the alphabet. Start at A and move all the way to Z, helping them out as you go if they get stuck. For example, X can be a hard one. You can also make the noises to get a chuckle.

Name That Animal

Young children love to pretend. Play a fun game of charades where you pretend to be an animal and they guess what animal you are. Then swap roles.

Make Believe

Playing make-believe games with them can take all different forms. They may choose to play a game where they are trapped by fairies and you have five minutes to find them. They may also play a pretend war game. Find out what they like and use that a guide for make-believe games. Be sure to dress the part. For example, you might wear fairy wings to be a fairy princess or you might wear a combat helmet. Getting into it will make it more fun for them.

Ball Games

If it is a nice day, move the games outside.

  • If they have a kickball, you can play simple kickball by kicking the ball back and forth.
  • You might also play baseball with a plastic ball and bat.
  • Basketball is another option if they have a little hoop.
  • Try making up an original ball game like throwing a Nerf football through a basketball hoop. The first to ten wins.

Frisbee Toss

Another great outdoor option is Frisbee. If you don’t have a Frisbee, try a paper plate. Lay out three hula hoops and toss the frisbee into the hoops for points.

Balloon Games

Balloons are a cheap and easy way to keep kids entertained. But be careful that they don’t put balloons in their mouths.

  • You can play balloon badminton with a plastic racket. If it hits the ground on your side, the other team gets points.
  • Another option is balloon volleyball. No net required, just hit the balloon back and forth and make sure it doesn’t touch the ground. The other side gets points if it hits the ground on your side.

Elementary Schoolers 7-9

Thankfully, this age group still likes you. While they would be content to watch a tablet or play video games, you can get them engaged and stave off boredom through fun interactive activities. Plus, they are full of energy so use it.

Balance Beam Game

A roll of painter’s tape is a great addition to your babysitting arsenal. Create a balance beam that kids need to try to walk on. Assign points for making it across the “beam”. Add actions they must do while balancing to make it harder.

Twister

Don’t have the board game, make your own with some construction paper and painter’s tape. Each person gets to take turns calling out a body part and color.

Hopscotch

Create an indoor or outdoor hopscotch board and see who can do the best. You can use chalk for outdoor games or painter’s tape to create the board inside.

Clue Hide and Seek

Hide toys or random items in various places and give the kids riddles on how to find them. They will have fun working out the different clues and finding the stuff.

Storytelling Game

You start a story, then let each kid add a few sentences making it goofier. Not only will they be laughing but time will fly by.

Scrabble

Fold construction paper into fourths and put common letters on each. Allow kids to pick 7 letters randomly. These are the tiles. In a large area of the floor, put down a word. Kids will then use their tiles to build off your word, like scrabble. They can also help you to make the tiles.

Dance Competition

Have kids find choreography for a song on YouTube. After learning it together, you can perform and score each other.

Cup Bowling

Using plastic cups and a large plastic ball, have kids bowl. They can keep score (each cup is a point and they get 2 rolls to try to knock them all down). This is fun indoors or outside on a nice day.

Pre-teens 10-12

Older kids really don’t want to play babysitting games with you; in fact, often they’d be perfectly happy if you would vanish. Unfortunately for them, you were hired by their parents to make sure that no harm comes to them in their absence. How do you entertain older kids who hate the idea of a babysitter?

Don’t Laugh

Make funny faces or cross your eyes at your ward and get them to laugh. The one that holds out the longest wins.

Letter Game

Start with A and alternate until you run out of words that begin with A. The person that can’t think of another A word loses. Do this all the way to Z. The bigger the word the better.

Dance Dare

Start with one dance move. The kids need to mimic the dance move. You keep building off that dance move until they forget the moves. Thriller is always a fun one to try.

Dare Games

Pre-teens love a challenge. Try doing some hilarious dares.

Tongue Twisters

Make up ridiculous tongue twisters and have the kids try them. The first one to fail to say the sentence loses.

Outdoor Sports

Don’t forget outdoor activities with this age group too. They love to play sports, skateboard and even take walks when they have someone to talk to. However, always clear any outdoor activities with the child’s parents beforehand.

Board Games

Typically at this age, you might be able to entice the kids with a game of chess or checkers. For an added challenge, modify an existing board game. For example, have kids try to think about a few ways they could modify Monopoly. Include their new rules and play the game.

Video Games

If the parents have given their okay, you can also volunteer to play video games with them. Kids that don’t have siblings often enjoy a babysitter that will play video games, and it can be lots of fun for you too. Make sure that the games they want to play aren’t rated M for mature; run any games by their parents first to find out what is off limits.

Tips for Babysitting

Here are a few helpful tips to make your babysitting experience easy on you, and the parents you are working for:

  • Always ask the parents before they leave what toys are okay for the children to play with, especially for babies and toddlers. It is your responsibility to make sure their children don’t choke on toys or other items that may belong to older children in the home.
  • Check to see if the children are allowed to go outside or not. Not all neighborhoods are safe, and you need to follow the parent’s wishes.
  • Choose games for the children to play that are age appropriate. That means making sure that the games are easy enough to play for younger children and challenging enough for the older kids.
  • Double check with parents to see which video games are okay for their kids to play. Many parents play video games too, but they don’t allow their children to play ones that are rated M for mature.
  • Carry a babysitting game kit. A babysitting kit has games, toys, books and coloring books that are age appropriate for the kids you are babysitting. These kits can be lifesavers when the going gets rough. Find a nice bag that can be zippered shut and kept out of sight, just in case the kids get bored.

A Strong Babysitting Game

Babysitting can be hard, especially if you don’t have the right toolset. Finding age appropriate games for all different skill levels can really save you in the long run. Whether it is just throwing a frisbee around or playing bowling with cups, kids will laugh and have fun for hours making for easy money.

Babysitting: The Basics

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Babysitting requires skills in creativity, adventure, and play. But those skills are no help if you don’t know what to do when a kid has a playground tumble or you’re not prepared for a 2-year-old’s temper.

How do you cope? You plan ahead for all kinds of possibilities!

Have a Business Plan

Planning starts before you get a babysitting job. To get clients, you need to know the best way to find them. If you’re new to babysitting, you might want to spread the word only to family, friends, and neighbors until you get more experience.

Babysitting is about your safety and comfort level as well as the kids’. Find out if a job is right for you by asking careful questions about what the family expects. Plan how you’ll get to and from jobs safely and know how you’ll stay in control in an unfamiliar house.

Think ahead about the kids you’d like to care for. If you’re not comfortable looking after newborns or kids with special needs, don’t take that job. Wait for the next opportunity to come along. It will!

Be Prepared

Do you know how to change a diaper? How to bathe a child? Find out before you show up for your first day of work.

Your first priority in babysitting is to keep kids safe. Being a good babysitter means knowing how to handle everything from a splinter to a real emergency.

The best time to prepare for an event is before it happens. Yes, it’s very unlikely the child you’re looking after will eat something poisonous. But knowing where to find the poison control number gives you enormous peace of mind.

Even when it comes to something as simple as fixing lunch, a little advance planning saves you time and worry. Does the child have any food allergies? Which foods are choking hazards for toddlers? How will you ensure young kids or babies stay safe and out of trouble while you prepare a meal?

Young children demand your time and attention every second. They also need structure, such as regular meal and nap times. Organize your day, including what time the kids will eat, what you’ll feed them, when they nap, and when they go to bed.

The best way to prepare for all kinds of babysitting possibilities is to take a babysitting training or safety course. Your local community center or hospital might offer one. It also helps to talk to experienced babysitters to see how they do things.

Be an Entertainer . . .

Parents love babysitters who help kids have fun and learn — while still reinforcing rules. Ask kids what they like to do and to show you their favorite toys. Find out from parents and other babysitters what games kids of different ages like to play.

Get the kids outdoors if you can. Play outside or take them to a playground, if the parents say it’s OK. Simple games like tag and hide and seek get kids active. Running around outside also tires kids out so they nap and sleep well, which parents will probably appreciate!

If you can’t walk to a park or play in a yard, ask parents about other options in the neighborhood. Urban areas may have skating rinks, libraries, or community centers within walking distance — just be sure to ask parents if it’s OK to take the kids there. If outdoors doesn’t work out, get creative indoors. Dancing with the kids is great exercise, too.

TVs and computers have become the go-to entertainment for many kids these days, but that’s not always a good thing. Many parents have set time limits on electronics. Find out what the house rules are.

. . . But Not a Best Friend

Speaking of rules, it’s tempting to be the “cool” babysitter who lets kids get away with things parents never allow. But you can’t be a child’s friend all the time. Know when to say no and when it’s OK to let something small go — like letting kids stay up 15 minutes past bedtime on occasion.

Kids will challenge you. Pushing boundaries to see how much they can get away with is a normal way kids learn and figure out where they stand. But even though kids try to fight rules, they actually need and thrive best on structure and limits. So check in with parents to find out what the rules are, then follow them — even if you don’t agree with them! Not only will this help keep things consistent for the kids, you’ll gain their respect and trust.

The best babysitters think of the job as a responsibility first, with having fun (or earning money) second. Few things are as rewarding as knowing you’ve earned a child’s trust and affection.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD Date reviewed: August 2018

Tips & Advice

Babysitting: Dealing With Temper Tantrums

We all know how it feels when we can’t seem to move ahead with something challenging — like getting to the next level in a game or finishing a difficult math problem.

Kids are trying to master their world, too, and they get frustrated or impatient just like we do. But, because kids don’t have the skills to understand or control their emotions, their feelings may come out as a temper tantrum.

Managing Tantrums

How should you react if the kid you’re babysitting has a tantrum?

  • Follow the parents’ rules. Ask parents in advance how they handle tantrums. Maybe they use timeouts, for example. Perhaps they distract the child with something else or ignore the tantrum altogether. Keeping your response consistent with what parents do helps kids learn and feel secure.
  • Be patient. Your role is to set an example and show kids that it’s possible to manage feelings. So don’t yell, spank, or lose your cool. Knowing how to control your own emotions during an outburst may help you soothe the child sooner.
  • Help the child calm down. The tantrum may be grating on your nerves, so try to remind yourself that the child feels frustrated or upset. Your goal is to help kids feel comforted and supported. Speak in a soft tone. Do what it takes to help the child calm down, whether that’s comfort and hugs or removing the child from the situation (even if that means giving the kid a timeout).
  • Help kids put feelings into words. Tantrums often happen because kids can’t express or manage their emotions. After the child calms down, ask what got him or her so upset. You might say, “Use your words to tell me what’s wrong and what you’re mad about.” Offer some help if a kid struggles for words: “So that made you angry,” “You must have felt frustrated,” or “That must have hurt your feelings.” Tell the child you understand those feelings and offer to help find a way to solve a problem or conflict — or just to get the anger out. Sometimes, feeling listened to and understood is all kids need to regain control.
  • Be firm and don’t give in. Giving in to demands rewards kids and reinforces that the tantrum was effective. Instead, praise a child for regaining control after a tantrum.

Avoiding Tantrums

Tantrums can’t always be avoided, but these tactics might help:

  • Know the child’s limits. Don’t pile too much on kids if they seem tired. It’s a recipe for a meltdown. In the same way, keep your activities appropriate to the child’s age. Playing with toys and games that are right for a kid’s skills helps children avoid the frustration of not being able to accomplish a task.
  • Give kids control over little things. Testing boundaries is part of a child’s growth and learning. Hearing a constant chorus of “no” can be disheartening for kids, so try to give them a little control over the things you can, like the extra “5 more minutes” they ask for on a game or story before bedtime.
  • Pay attention to positive behavior. Reward kids who are behaving well by making a positive comment or saying something nice about the activity that the child is doing. This can lead to more positive behaviors.

In time, you will come to know the kids you are looking after. You’ll realize when a tantrum is a ploy to get more attention, when it’s a reaction to frustration or tiredness, and when it’s simple anger at a sibling or friend — and you’ll be able to react accordingly.

If you’re looking after kids with special needs, tantrums might have other meanings. For example, kids with autism can have meltdowns when faced with new situations or too much stimulation. You may not be able to reason with a special needs child in the same way you can with other kids. So ask parents for advice.

The top thing to remember about tantrums is that teaching by example is your most powerful tool. So stay cool and in charge.

Just as kids learn from us, we can learn from them. When an angry child tests your own temper, it can feel really good to resolve the situation in a cool, calm, and collected way. Next time you feel your own temper rising (and it happens to all of us at times), you can think back and remember how you helped the kids calm theirs!

Reviewed by: D’Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: April 2015

Wondering what to do when babysitting? Here are some suggestions for babysitter activities and games for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, both indoors and outdoors. It’s a great list to print and share with parents and babysitters, and also to keep in your own back pocket so you don’t find yourself at a loss when entertaining the kids.

Babysitter Activities for Infants:

Playing and reading to children, including those less than a year old, is critical to their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. For infants, keep it simple by focusing on picture books, songs and old favorites like “Peek-A-Boo.” Other babysitter activities for infants for you to try:

  • Sing simple, entertaining songs like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
  • Play “This Little Piggy,” or “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
  • Encourage babies to grab and touch soft toys or objects, letting younger babies simply follow the toy with their eyes.
  • Create a simple form of “Hide and Seek,” catering to the baby’s age.
  • Babies of all ages love to be pushed in an infant swing, especially one that’s outside where they can engage all of their senses.

Toddler Games and Activities:

Imaginations begin to blossom between one and two years of age. Little ones begin to engage in what’s called functional play, meaning they like repetitive actions like filling and emptying containers, throwing, catching, and simply moving objects from one place to another. Toddlers typically start to explore symbolic play, such as pretending a banana is a telephone and using it to call Grandma, when they are about two years old. Try some of these toddler games that are sure to keep their attention:

  • Build a slide or tunnel for toy cars to race down and under, using a piece of cardboard atop stacks of books.
  • Create a fort by draping blankets over chairs and other furniture, and pretend it is your house, your boat, your plane…the opportunities are endless.
  • Entertain toddlers by putting on an impromptu puppet show with their dolls or sock puppets.
  • Toddlers love to push and pull things. Take a toy lawnmower, wagon or baby stroller outside, and let them “mow the lawn” or take their baby dolls for a walk.
  • Bring a bottle of bubbles to blow and chase outside. Toddlers love to chase and be chased!

Games and Babysitter Activities for Preschoolers:

Simple art and math activities are great for the two-to-four-year-old set. Babysitters: Score big points with parents by bringing supplies to make a few of these fun, easy to create projects and activities:

  • Create chalk drawings and practice letters. Art activities for preschools are perfect for outside – bring a bucket of colored chalk, and plop down on the nearest sidewalk to scribble, have kids copy letters you write, or trace objects like the chalk container, your keys, or a toy.
  • Play dough is fun and great for sensory and fine motor skill building. Make your own to bring along, or bring the ingredients and make it together with an older child.
  • Dive into a simple cooking project, such as making cinnamon toast, a box of pudding or frosting pre-made cookies or cupcakes.
  • Guide preschoolers through a visually exciting science project, such as making pennies turn shiny and new. It’s easy: Help little ones add one tablespoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of salt to a Ziploc bag. Add a few pennies, shake and squish them around… and watch tarnished coins turn shiny again.
  • Math activities for preschoolers are a good way to teach and practice numbers while exploring. Take turns choosing an object easily found in their neighborhood – such as acorns, pretty leaves or flowers, rocks or shells – and take a walk together to find the objects. Count them as you find them.

These suggestions should help guide you in knowing what to do when babysitting to keep the kids entertained, and will hopefully inspire you to come up with your own fun babysitter activities, games for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

“I’m bored!” In case you’re job is a babysitter or nanny for kids, probabilities are that you’re also familiar with this particular phrase. So, what will you do in this case?

For the best chances of hooking — & holding — kids’ attention, plan for activities which engage their sense and that is at an even level of difficulty (neither too simple, not too demanding). And don’t just give up if you’re having hard time brainstorming creative new ideas.

So, next time a little one whines that, “I’m bored!,” have a look at this list of 50 parent-approved, kid-friendly things to do easily as a nanny or baby sitter with the kids:

1. Explore nature, go on a nature hike.

2. Plant a tree.

3. Bake cookies for neighbors — or family.

4. Act out the kid’s favorite book.

5. Visit interactive museum.

6. Have fun with paints and art.

7. Have catch in the backyard or Local Park.

8. Build up an indoor fort or tent with bed sheets and couches.

9. Play Frisbee game.

10. Go to local libraries.

11. Turn on radio and then dance.

12. Or Play Simon.

13. Get dresses in last year Halloween costumes and then have costume parade.

14. Make paper mache.

15. Put together jigsaw puzzle.

16. Make homemade playing dough.

17. Follow no-bake recipes.

18. Play bowling.

19. Plan scavenger hunt.

20. Host picnic lunch — outdoors or indoors.

21. String together macaroni to make jewelry.

22. Learn to tie-dye the T-shirts.

23. Head outdoors for birds watching.

24. Pull out dress box, put funny clothes and go for a photo shoot.

25. Create time capsule.

26. Play balloon volleyball.

27. Write letter to soldiers.

28. Have potatoes-sack race.

29. Camp out in backyard.

30. Play Simone says.

31. Make up secret handshakes.

32. Count on how many times do you spin in circle without getting giddy.

33. Make fruit kabob.

34. Create s’mores.

35. Play lily-pad leaps with small towels and rugs strategically placed throughout living room or playroom.

36. Draw mural with sidewalk chalks.

37. Construct indoor obstacle courses.

38. Choreograph dance routines.

39. Host movie night. Plan it by drawing ticket, making popcorn and making your room like theater.

40. Pull out old socks and sketch faces on them so as to make sock puppet.

41. Find rocks and paint them.

42. Make friendship bracelets.

43. Exercise the finger-painting skill.

44. Play Twister or fun kids board games.

45. Take silly picture with a camera.

46. Practice saying 50 states in the alphabetical order.

47. Have a tea party.

48. Host at-home fields day, complete with tugs of war and colors.

49. Explore smaller areas of nature using magnifying glasses.

50. Experiment outside with science.

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After the billionth round of Tic Tac Toe, the same old game can get a little—scratch that—insanely boring. That’s why any babysitter worth his or her stripes should have these six super easy games in their back pocket for when little ones get antsy. Here, we present the best babysitting games for kids, none of which require tons of equipment, prior planning or even much effort at all!

1. Balloon badminton
Now there’s a way to use those stray balloons from your kid’s last birthday bash: turn them into badminton birdies! To make rackets, glue a paper plate to the end of a popsicle stick (or anything long and sturdy), and then toss the balloon back and forth. (h/t Hands On As We Grow)
2. Storytelling game
Little artists and writers can give their imaginations a workout by drawing a picture that tells a story, and then exchanging it with someone else’s. Afterwards, that person tries to interpret the story from the illustration before hearing what the drawer really meant. (h/t Playtivities)
3. Fortune teller
Here’s a handy one for when hungry kids are waiting for their food at a restaurant: Use a paper napkin and crayons to fold a fortune teller (here’s how) and write possible futures under each flap. Will your little one invent the cure for the nighttime giggles? Or will she travel to the moon on a dinosaur? Only the fortune teller knows!
4. Pillowcase race
There’s a much more fun way to use your pillowcase besides dreaming: Hop around in it! Set up a racetrack down a hallway and have fun jumping towards the finish line. (h/t The Outlaw Mom)
5. Chalk
What’s the best way to play with chalk? Any way! Tote a box of chalk to your nearest playground and set up a hopscotch trail, a four square grid or spend the day tracing each other’s outlines and filling them in as astronauts or rock stars.
6. Nature scavenger hunt
Best for afternoons spent outdoors (the bigger the better—we recommend Central Park or Prospect Park), steer kids towards a forested area and let them roam free in search of mossy stones, a purple flower, salamanders, cool-looking pinecones or super crunchy leaves. (h/t Better Homes & Gardens)

Fun Games and Activities To Play While Babysitting

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List of 20 awesome things to do while babysitting!

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So what is babysitting? Babysitting is when a Mom or Dad have commitments and/or engagements and want or need to be kid free for a period of time. And who should they call upon as their most trusted babysitter?

Well, if they have the option, an Aunt is a great choice for this very task. We’re a trusted resource for parents and it’s also a great way for us to build strong bonds with our niblings (especially the younger ones).

But what do you do with them when you’re babysitting? Turn on the TV and let the time pass until Mom and Dad get home? Not if your’e an awesome babysitter.

Go in with a plan to have fun, be safe, and bond with these little ones. Playing with them is the best way to bond in my opinion.

Need some ideas on what to play or how to have fun? I’ve put together a list of games and activities that babysitters can play during your visits. Enjoy them!!

Bubbles

What kid doesn’t love to play with bubbles? It’s fun to blow them, but what every kid loves to do is POP the bubbles. That’s why I prefer to have a bubble maker around so I can pop them too.

This bubble maker creates over Frog Over 500 bubbles per minute!

Get creative! See if you can..

  • Make a bubble snowman – catch and stack 3 bubbles on top of each other before they pop!
  • Have the kids count how many bubbles they can pop before you count to 10

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Bubble Maker

Play Doh & Play Doh Sets

Play Doh is also a fan favorite for nearly every child. It’s not only for fun, it’s also functional. Play doh is great for exercising their fine motor skills. Kids need fine motor skills for writing, eating, and tying their shoes, etc.

You can do so much with it too! Roll it, flatten it, chop it, cut it, poke it, squish it, pinch it, mix it and more!

I like to have both a play doh sets so they have some tools to work with while making their masterpieces. However, it’s also a good idea to have extra on hand. The more colors the better!

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Play Doh

Play Doh Playset

Make Believe

Playing make believe comes naturally to children and it’s a great way to build a bond with them. I find that sometimes all they need is to set up a scenario and then they’ll take it from there.

Here’s a thought, mold some fish and sharks out of play doh, turn on the bubble maker, and make believe you’re under the sea!

Coloring

When you find yourself babysitting your niece or nephew (which many Aunts do on a regular basis), it’s a good idea to have an action plan. Picking out a movie to watch or playing a board game can be a lot of fun. But you know what? You’re gonna want to have a quiet activity planned too – like coloring.

  • It helps them develop their fine motor skills!
  • It’s relaxing!
  • It promotes creativity!

Drawing

Drawing is sort of my thing, but I know it’s not everyone’s strong suit. My niece and nephews often ask me draw them a picture of their favorite characters and superheroes. We’ve gotten to the point now where I have to do a good job because they want them framed!

I highly suggest Art for Kids Hub on YouTube. This channel breaks down all the steps to drawing popular cartoon characters, to emojis and more! He does it all with his kids drawing with him! It’s a kid friend channel and fan favorite in my family.

Scavenger Hunt

Send them on a scavenger hunt! Whether you have one child a few, it’s an easy way to add fun to your babysitting duties. Plus, you can turn almost anything into a scavenger hunt!

Get your Spring Scavenger Hunt Printable!

Would Your Rather

Select the first player and have them ask a question that begins with “Would you rather…?” The player will provide two scenarios for the other players to choose from.

Each player must pick one of the two scenarios he or she would “rather” do.

“Both” or “Neither.” can never be the response. You must choose ONE of the two options given.

I’ve created some questions to get your game started.

I Spy

To begin, one person looks around the room and spies something. The person keeps it a secret. Then they say out loud, “I spy with my little eye, something… The spy must give a descriptive clue, i.e. something orange, something that starts with R, etc. The item must be visible to the other players.

Whoever guesses correctly then becomes the new spy.

20 questions

One player is starts the game by picking a word and keeping it a secret. They are the word keeper.

Everyone else is a guesser.

Each guesser takes a turn asking one yes or no question.

We usually start off the game with the first questions being is it an animal? Is it a vegetable? Is it a mineral?

The word keeper must answer the questions honestly. Lying is never allowed.

If any of the guessers figure out the secret word in 20 questions or less, they become the word keep for the next round.

If the word is not guessed, the word keeper for that round goes again.

Build a couch or pillow fort

Stack pillows and couch cushions in a square space, leaving room in the middle to sit.

Place a blanket over top.

Us this space to tell stories, read a book, or better yet…as safety for your sock wars!

Sock war

This was a favorite game of ours when we were growing up. Your ammunition? Dirty socks!

Establish boundaries and safe zones.

Take off your socks and fold them into a ball. Each player tries to hit their opponent with their dirty sock. The game only ends when you’ve had enough.

Use the forts you just built as home base for each side.

This is safe play because socks won’t hurt anyone, but it’s also loads of fun to hit someone with a sock.

Mega Bloks

Lego sets are great when kids get older and can read and follow directions for putting them together. However, I like Mega Bloks because they’re super easy to clean up, they’re great for little hands, and I won’t limp for an hour if I accidentally step on one.

Build a tower, knock it down! Let their imaginations sore with this kid friendly toy.

It’s great to bring in other toys such as stuff animals, action figures, LOL surprise dolls, etc. to build a home, bed, school, or anything else you can come up with.

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Mega Bloks

Paint a Rock

I literally just used this paint a rock kit with my niece and nephew the last time I babysat them.

My niece Layla is older and had a great time getting detailed and making her rock look like the ones on the box.

My nephew, Julian is only 3, but he didn’t care. He went to town mixing colors on his rock and had a blast.

Get creative! Paint these rocks, allow them to dry, let the kids hide them and then add them to your scavenger hunt!

Layla and I didn’t put on that many coats of paint so our rocks dried pretty quickly. I can’t say the same for Julian’s so just keep that in mind if you want to hide them immediately. Let the kids know the more paint you put on, the longer it’ll take for them to dry.

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Rocking Painting Kit

Build a Puzzle

When you’ve had enough active play and you’re ready for a quiet activity, I suggest doing a puzzle together. It’s relaxing but it keeps their attention because they have to focus on putting the pieces together.

Sit down together and build this underwater scene!

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Under The Sea Puzzle

This giant floor puzzle by Melissa and Doug is made from durable, extra-thick cardboard pieces. It’s broken into 48 pieces which is not too many pieces where they get overwhelmed and lose interest. It’s also not too few pieces where they would complete it in 4 seconds.

Minute to Win it Games!

M&M Challenge

Supplies needed:

M&M’s

Table

Straws

Empty Cup

Kitchen Timer

Setting up the game:

Start by spreading M&M’s on the table or inside a bowl.

Hand each player a straw and empty cup. Place the cup next to the child on the table.

Objective:

Players must suck up one M&M at a time and place it into the empty bowl next to them. They cannot use their hands to pick up the candy.

Players have ONE MINUTE to suck up as many candies as possible and drop them in their empty cup!

The player who transferred the most M&M’s is the winner! Everyone gets to eat their M&M’s though!

Variation:

Put the empty cups farther away on another table and have them walk their M&M’s to the cup! This will get messier so if you want a simply clean up, have them closer. However, if you don’t mind the mess, try it – IT’S FUN!

Balloon Challenge

Supplies needed:

Inflated Balloon(s)

Kitchen Time

Free Space

How to Play/Objective:

I suggest allowing one person to go at a time to avoid injury, but use your discretion based upon space.

Players will each take an inflated balloon, toss it above their head and keep it up by lightly taping it into the air.

They have ONE MINUTE to keep it above their head. If it falls below their chin, the game starts over.

Variations:

Add more balloons! Think it’s too easy with 1 balloon? Try 3!!

Too hard to keep it above your head? Change the rules so that they only have to keep the balloon in the air, not above their head.

Cookie Challenge

Supplies needed:

Cookies

Empty chair or floor space

Kitchen timer

How to Play/Objective:

Sit in a chair or on the floor. Give a cookie such as an Oreo to each player. Have them lean their head back and place a cookie in the middle of their forehead.

When the timer begins, players can only use their facial muscles to move the cookie from their forehead to their mouth.

They can tip their head and move their neck, but players cannot touch the cookie with your hands.

The cookie must remain in contact with their face. They can’t try to toss it from your forehead and catch it in your mouth.

If a cookie falls before it reaches their mouth, they must start over by placing it back on their forehead.

The cookie must actually go in your mouth to count.

Variations:

Give them 2 or 3 cookies to start. After the first cookie makes it to their mouth, they must remove it and start over with another one on their forehead. The challenge is completed when all 3 make it to their mouth before the minute is up.

Popsicle/Dice Challenge

Supplies needed:

Popsicle sticks

5 Dice

Kitchen timer

How to Play/Objective:

Players must hold one end of a popsicle stick in their mouth.

Take each die and one by one stack them on the other end of the popsicle stick on top of each other.

They must stack 5 dice in a tower at the end on the stick.

Players have ONE MINUTE to complete this challenge.

If they dice fall off, have them pick it up and start over before the time runs out.

Variations:

Use fewer dice in the tower

Spaghetti Challenge

Supplies Needed:

Six uncooked penne or tube shaped pasta per player

One uncooked piece of spaghetti per player

Empty table space

Kitchen timer

How to Play/Objective:

Place the pasta around the edge of the table so that the open end faces outward.

Players must stand at the table with their hands behind the back.

When the timer starts, the player can then pick up the spaghetti with their hands and put it in their mouth.

The player then goes around the table skewering the pasta, one at a time, with the spaghetti.

If the spaghetti breaks, just give them another piece

To win, all six pieces of pasta must be on the spaghetti within ONE MINUTE!

Card Shark!

Supplies Needed:

1 Deck of Playing Card

Kitchen Timer

How to Play/Objective:

Shuffle 1 deck of playing cards.

One player at a time goes unless you have more than 1 deck of cards

Players make 4 piles of cards with each pile containing only one suit in ONE MINUTE!.

Variations:

To make it harder! Player must put 1 pile in order from ace to king!

Even harder! Player must put 2 piles in order from ace to king!

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