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Questions for Kids

26 Apr

Kids say the darnest things. One simple thing I like to do with the kids I watch is play a question game, they just don’t know it’s a game. Basically I ask them tough questions ranging any where from “grown-up” questions to impossible questions. I would like to share with some questions that I presented to a 5-year-old and her responses.

1. What do you want there to be in the future?

“I want there to be a special microwave that you can put one little piece of macaroni in it and then after a couple seconds it dings and it is one GIANT piece of macaroni. Oh also I would like there to be a car that drives when you’re sleeping. You can just put in the address and fall asleep. I fall asleep in the car a lot, especially on the way to my grandmas.”

2. How old do you want to be and why?

“I want to be 40 like my mom so I can have kids and snuggle with them.”

3. How much money to do you want when you get older?

“I want to be richer than the Mayor.”

Here are some other questions you can ask and see the responses you get.

Grown-up Questions

-Who do you want to marry?

-What do you want to do when you get older?

-What do you want your house to look like?

Impossible Questions

-What would you do if you were invisible? Or if you could fly?

-If you were a super hero, what would your costume look like and what would your side kick look like?

-If you could build anything with food what would it be?

Be creative and have fun. Kids love answering these questions. Ask kids of all ages the same questions and see what kind of responses you get. I would love to hear your questions and the responses you get from your kids!

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Kids and Math Not Mixing? Try THIS!

14 Apr

So kids don’t always care for numbers and they may be tired of their money sheets at school where they have to add the coins together. Well today I got a little one extremely excited about adding money.

All I did was give her a handful of spare change and told her she can have as much as she can count. This got her extremely excited. I gave her as many tries as she wanted and she ended up counting the correct amount of all of it and got to keep it! A whole .53 cents!!!! 🙂 She was pretty excited and learned how to count money a little better.

It was a good experience for both of us. She added money to her piggy bank and I got rid of change in my car.

 

Babysitter Blab Book

10 Apr

Babysitter Blab is in the process of putting together a book for you!!! But I need your help. Babysitter Blab is NOW taking submissions either stories or advice submitted in a blog format (typed out in 300 words or less), artwork done by your kids, quotes, etc. These submissions will be put in the book and you will be given full credit. Email your submissions to babysitterblab@gmail.com OR if you are only submitting text, you can do so below. Make sure you include the name that you would want attached to your published work. If you do not want your full name published, make that clear in your submission. Children’s names will NOT be included. If you desire that their first name to be attached to their artwork, quote, etc. please make sure that is clear in the email or below, otherwise, their name will not be attached. All photos must be submitted to the email address. If you attach a photo, please attach a story or description with it.

This is a great time to gather up all of those cute and funny drawings, quotes, and more that those kids say every day!!

Once the book is complete it will be on the website babysitterblab.com for you to purchase and download as an ebook. Those submissions that are chosen for the book will receive a FREE DOWNLOAD of the book.

10 Steps for Fun Camping, Even at Home!

22 Mar

This weekend I went camping and I had a great time. I also realized that camping is such a great activity for kids. While I think it is wonderful to take the kids for a weekend and go “for real camping” like out in nature, tent, fishing, in the woods, making fire with your bare hands (joke), this is also an activity that you can do at home. Maybe you don’t have the time to take the time off for the weekend and plan such a trip or maybe you are babysitting just for an evening camping can be for any one at any time. This can also be a learning experience for the kids. Here is how to camp at home.

Just take the basic ideas of camping and make them happen at home.

1. Collect everything you need including tent, food, bedding, fishing poles, flash lights, etc. This can be a learning experience helping them to understand what you need for camping. If you want to get really intense here is a fun check list that I found online. Intense Camping Checklist

2. Set up the tent either in the back yard or over their own bed. Tents can be found at Walmart for pretty cheap and they are super easy to set up or you can build your own out of sheets.  If you are building your own you can use chairs to hang sheets on outside or build it over their bed by attaching the sheets to the walls, connecting the corners with tough string and hanging the sheets over the string. Or just go here: Walmart Tents

3. If you can build a fire in your back yard GO FOR IT! If it is illegal, please don’t. Or you can get really creative and take a small fan and tape some red or orange fabric strips on it and turn it on to make it look like fire. If you have your own fire place, make some s’mores! If you don’t have a fireplace and can’t make one in your backyard, just throw them in the microwave. 🙂

4. Fishing poles. Get a little pool or a pretend pool and FISH! You don’t have to have real poles either. Just take a stick, string, and something small that could be used as bait and just pretend.

5. Decorate your surroundings. Get as many wild animal stuffed animals that they have and set them around. If you are in their room, turn the lights off and just have a flashlight on. Find sticks and logs if you are outside, if you are inside just make it dark and as nature like as possible. If they have a closet that you can all fit in, clear it out and make it a new hiding spot to camp in.

6. Tell stories! Either make up your own or look some up online. Here is a site with a list of camping stories. Make sure they are age appropriate. Don’t scare little ones too much. This site also has other camping tips if you want to browse around more. Camping Stories

7. Get a CD of nature sounds. These are easy to find either look on Amazon to find one you like or go on iTunes. But these sounds are fun to play while you are pretend camping.

8. Sing songs and tell stories about each other. This is a time to bond. You turn the TV off, no more video games, just each other. Take the time to learn something new about each other.

9. Play games. Now these games don’t have to be played while camping but I think these are fun. A favorite game of mine is called “Chubby Bunny” Now just a warning, please don’t make yourself sick from this game, because it is possible, but you can’t say I didn’t warn you. Chubby Bunny is a game in which participants place marshmallows in their mouth and try to say, “Chubby Bunny.” If you’re the one who can say it with the most marshmallows in you mouth, you win! Simple and hilarious. Here is a list of top 10 games and how to play them. Remember to choose age appropriate games. Campfire Games

10. Have FUN! Always a great rule. Go all out. Like I said before, turn off the video games and TV. They will not get bored with this but you have to plan it out in advance so you can keep them entertained. We are constantly competing with technology but I am a big advocate of turning that stuff off and finding something more productive and fun to do. A little technology is ok but camping is a great alternative.

I will be sure to post some pictures of my camping experience soon enough and tell you all about it. 🙂

Kids’ Etiquette Class 50% off!

12 Mar

I saw this and I thought it looked like so much fun. Kids in the Castle gives etiquette classes for kids and I have a coupon for 50% off of a class and there is only ONE DAY LEFT!!! Kids in the Castle provide the materials and the kids learn manners and write thank you cards in a fun way. Children will learn to chew with their mounts closed and use napkins. It is on Sunday’s at the McBirney Mansion for an hour and a half for ages 5-10. I have never been to one of these but I thought for 50% off, why not try it out. So if you would like more information, you can visit www.thekidsinthecastle.com for more information and if it sounds like something you are interested in here is a half off coupon. Enjoy!!

$25 for Mini-Manners Fun-Etiquette Class from The Kids in the Castle ($50 Value)

Here is a review from Tulsa World on The Kids in the Castle.

Also if you follow me on Twitter I am always posting good deals that I think you would enjoy from kids activities to dinners and spa discounts for you.  🙂

Dog Disagrees With Craft Set

10 Mar

The other day I bought a craft set and I placed it on my dresser only to find my dog did not quite agree with my new purchase. Apparently he doesn’t care for new items in new places, but whatever the case may be I was fortunate to catch it on film and I would like to share it with you all.

I have posted a lot of videos lately. I will be sure to post some new tips and crafts next week, so stay tuned! Also if you liked the craft set in the video go to the CONTEST tab on BabysitterBlab.com to see how you can win it!!!

 

Star Wars According to a 3-Year-Old

6 Mar

Adorable YouTube videos of kids really tug on my heart. I think laughter is one of the most important things in life and what better way to find joy than in what little ones say. I think some of the most adorable things come out of their mouth…hmm maybe I should rephrase that because I have had some not-so adorable things come out of their mouth and on to my shirt but that is beside the point. What I am trying to say is that kids say the darnest things!! This is an old video but it is one of my favorites. Enjoy. 🙂

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