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Parent-Approved Activities, Unplugged

 
You’ve scored the job, but your charge is an over-programmed kid with overbearing parents. T.V. shows and computer games? Forget about it! You’ve got to whip out your best babysitting activities to keep the tot happy and the parents pleased with your work. Stuck in a rut? GL is here to help!

 

Bring Out the Board Games
 

With so many kids attached to Game Boys, Xboxes, and the Internet, board games might just be a novelty to your charge. Call on the classics—or maybe their junior versions, depending on the age of the child you’re babysitting. Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, and Sorry are great for the younger crowd. Monopoly, Life, Battleship, and Guess Who? work well with the older set.

 

Tap Into Their Creativity
 

An art project will give the child the freedom she doesn’t often see in her day-to-day schedule. Provide some options and then let the child choose what she wants to do. Then, offer guidance but let her express her creativity however she pleases.

 

Need some ideas? Make a fall leaf collage, play with finger paints, build a house out of popsicle sticks, or paint scary Halloween masks on paper plates. The options are endless!

 

Take It Outside

What parent is going to object to some fresh air? Jumping rope, hopscotch, and sidewalk chalking are easy driveway activities.

 

If you want to bring the action to the backyard, consider setting up an old-fashioned game of croquet or badminton, playing catch, or planning a treasure hunt.

 

Play Pretend

A child’s greatest resource is her imagination. Help her cultivate her originality by encouraging rousing games that force you both to create new identities, new worlds, and new storylines. Take advantage of the fab fall weather and bring the fun back to nature.  

 


 

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/18/2010 12:00:00 AM

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