Electronic Free Babysitting Activities
Babysitting, in fact, is a job, and it can be a fun one with the right activities. As a babysitter, sometimes the easiest thing to do is let the children you’re watching sit in front of the television screen or stare down at their iPad till bedtime or their parents return home. We know kids would have no complaints about this.
Oftentimes, I babysit children whose parents prefer a limited amount of electronic time (TV, computer, iPad, etc.), but getting the children away from the screens can be tough. While movies and computer games are fun, planning out electronic-free activities to do as you babysit will get the kids away from the screens, and make your job more fun.
Look as it more of a play-date than a job!
10 Electronic-free Babysitting Activities:
Playing outside is a great activity to do while babysitting in the morning or daytime. Pack a picnic, kick around the soccer ball, or take doggy for a walk. Everyone can benefit from a little sunshine and and it leaves the mess outside.
Arts & Crafts
Get your creativity on! Arts and crafts are always a fun thing to do as a babysitter that kids enjoy, and the amount of crafts to make are really endless.
Browse pinterest for great arts & craft ideas for kids:
Avoid the “don’t try this at home” science experiments of course, but this activity can be a blast that kids will love. If you’re watching a children interested in sciences and learning more science experiments are perfect. Here is a list of easy science experiments for children:
Make sure to plan out which one you want to do before babysitting, to make sure you have the materials you’ll need and it will be an exciting surprise for whoever you’re babysitting!
Have A Dance Party
Make a playlist and show off those moves. You can even make it a competition, depending on how many are in your party. You could even create a choreographed dance, they can show off to their friends and family later on. This is one of my favorite activities as a babysitter, always leaving me laughing hysterically and the kids always get a kick out of it. Get groovin!
Make A Newspaper
Play journalist for the day. Make a newspaper, write stories, draw pictures to go along with your stories. This is a fun activity to feed the imagination and kids love to show the final project to their parents.
Scavenger hunts are so much fun. Whether you choose to do it around the house, in the backyard, or around the neighborhood (if the kids are old enough) scavenger hunts are a blast for kids. You can write up your own list or use ones from online like this:
- Ten Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas – http://www.mykidsadventures.com/scavenger-hunt-ideas/
Depending how skilled you are in the kitchen, baking is a great activity that leaves you having a blast and also with a tasty treat at the end of it. Make sure not to leave a mess and have whatever you are going to bake planned out so you know you can bring the right ingredients. Kids love making new things, check out this pinterest board for baking with children:
Build A Fort
Building a fort is a blast for children, and even for you. As a kid I can remember how magical forts seemed. You can play a game board inside, tell stories, and share laughs. The Foocot is great for fort fun! But don’t forget to clean up before mom and dad get home!
Make A Skit
SNL for kids? I vote yet. Write a skit, dress up, and perform it. This activity is a blast for children with lots of energy and a great way to get creative. Instead of watching TV, make your own.
Play A Board Game
Keep it old school. Sometimes nothing is more fun than a classic board game. Board games are fun at any age and a perfect activity for babysitting. If the family you are babysitting for doesn’t have any at the house, bring your own to share with the kids.
Contributed by Emily-Jane Cosgrove, babysitter