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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!

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. 🙂

Puppet Show

18 Feb

Any craft that allows children to be creative is a good craft in my opinion. Today I was reading the back of a Chick-fil-A kids meal bag and I was reminded of a craft that I did when I was younger. Puppets! They are easy, fun and you can make them so many different ways. The two ways I am most familiar with is from a brown paper bag or a sock. All you need is some googly eyes, yarn for hair, different colored Sharpies or markers, maybe some buttons, cotton balls, and anything else you can think of. Add some clothes and maybe a bow tie with fabric or construction paper.

Once you make your puppets now it’s time for the show. Set up some sheets or blankets on chairs or a table and perform!!

Make up a fun theme for a show such as a trip to the ocean, a princess trapped in a castle, a day at the circus, fun in outer space, dinosaurs, etc. The possibilities are endless!!!

I was babysitting and we spontaneously decided to make a puppet and we didn’t have old socks or a brown paper bag. We improvised and colored a napkin, put it over our hand and put a rubber band around our wrist. You can make anything a puppet!!

Activities for a SNOW DAY!

1 Feb

SNOW DAY!! You may be home today with the kids and you want to enjoy this beautiful snow. So far you have already done snow angels and you have just put the finishing touches on the snowman. Fresh out of ideas. Well, you’re in luck! Here are just a few snow crafts and activities that you can do today. Click the link at the bottom for even MORE snow fun! Make sure to bundle up and take frequent brakes so you don’t get too cold and get sick. Drink water. Be safe today. Watch out for ice and be careful where you step. The snow can be fun but also dangerous. BE FUN SAFELY!! These activities courtesy of TLC.

Snow Boot Two-Step

What You’ll Need:

Snow boots
Winter clothes

This tough-to-master version of follow the leader requires 2 or more players. The leader makes a path in freshly fallen snow.

His or her teammates must try to step in exactly the same spots. The object of the game is to make it seem as if only one person has taken a walk through the snow.

Can you pull it off? It takes balance and agility! Be sure to bundle up to stay warm and dry.

Snowscape Stomp!

What You’ll Need:

  • Snow boots
  • Tablespoon
  • Paintbrushes
  • Food coloring
  • Paper cups
  • Water

Does it look like winter weather has put a freeze on creative fun? Think again! Grab your gloves and your paintbrushes, and that snowy hillside becomes an artist’s canvas.

Mix 2 tablespoons water with 10 drops food coloring in a paper cup (make as many colors as you desire).

Go outside and march out a playful pattern of footprints in the snow. Splatter splashes of color in each frosty track, and watch the magic begin.

Be sure to check for chilly changes later as the snow begins to melt and the colors soften.

Remember that food coloring stains if it gets on clothing or light-colored boots, so be sure to wear old clothes your mom won’t mind getting splattered. And don’t forget to bundle up.

How to Make Frozen Bubbles

What You’ll Need:

Measuring cup
Soap powder
Sugar
Hot water
Bowl
Spoon or whisk
Bubble wand

This is an activity for a cold, cold (below freezing) day when there is no wind in the air.

Start by making a strong bubble solution. Mix 1/2 cup soap powder, 1/2 cup sugar, and 3 cups hot water. (This mixture will help the bubbles last longer.)

Take the bubble solution and a bubble wand outside. Blow a bubble, and catch it on the wand.

Let the bubble sit resting on the wand in the cold air. In the below-freezing chill, the bubble will soon freeze into a fragile crystal ball.

Making a Snow Snake!

What You’ll Need:

  • Snowy field
  • Warm clothes and gloves
  • Bits of food

Everyone’s heard of a snowman. But making a slithering snow snake is ssssserious fun.

Instead of making a snowman of 3 large balls, try a snow snake made of as many ­basketball-size snow sections as you can make. Once you’ve lined your snow snake balls up, carve out a pointed head and rattling tail at either end of the snake.

Decorate your snake with bits of food, such as raisins. These will be good treats for hungry birds and squirrels.

MORE SNOW CRAFTS FOR KIDS!!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN DO IN THE SNOW!

I hope you enjoy these unique crafts!

Take pictures of the snow, your crafts, or funny pictures of the kids and e-mail them to babysitterblab@gmail.com and they will be featured in the next post!!

The Repeating Game

13 Jan

I want to share with you a game that the girls that I babysit created themselves. You know it’s a good game when they make it. We were jumping on the trampoline (oh goodness, I love trampolines :)) and they came up with “The Repeating Game”. You can play this on a trampoline or on the ground, it doesn’t require any props, and you can play indoors and outdoors (sounds like the perfect game, right?)

Here is how you play:

The first person does something (something silly, or a trick, etc.)

The second person REPEATS what the first person does and then creates their own.

The third person (or the first person if you only have 2) does what the first person does, what the second person does, and then creates something of their own.

So you just keep playing until you can’t remember what someone did or until  you get tired of it. It is a game that helps with creativity and memory and can be played with all ages. Pretty simple right? I love how creative children can be. I enjoy watching them explore ideas and applying them to their lives like in a game.

Please share your trampline stories or creative games that your kids have created. Also, the girls are trying to think of a differnt name for this game so if you have any ideas, let us know!

Mad Libs

11 Jan

Last week I was babysitting for a couple of my regular girls and I decided to do a Mad Lib with them. I have a lot of fun with these with my friends so I thought I would give it a try with them. If you are unsure what a Mad Lib is, Urban Dictionary defines it this way: “A super fun game played by coming up with a list of adjectives, nouns, etc. that end up making a hilarious story.” Mad Libs will ask you for adjectives, nouns, adverbs, etc. and without any player seeing the story, Mad Libs will plug your words into a story making it quite funny. You can play these out of a book, online, or iPhones and Androids have free apps for Mad Libs. I have an Android and I downloaded the Droid Libs Lite and I have been quite please with it.

I enjoy this game for kids because it is fun, free, and educational. You ask them for a noun then you explain what a noun is. You ask them for an adjective then you explain what that is. The kids are learning what these terms mean at a young age. I have done a Mad Lib with a little girl as young as 5 and now she has a pretty good understanding of verbs, nouns, etc.

With that said, I would like to share with you a Mad Lib done by 2 young girls. I found it hilarious and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Weird Day

What a weird day! First, my mom tried to give me pink eggs and black toast for breakfast! Then, I saw my dad wearing his pants upside-down! I thought that was the end of it, but then my bus driver pottied like a pickle when she saw me. At school, my teacher told me to throw up when all I really wanted to do was sharpen my poop. The strangest thing was that all the kids had extra boobs, and kept asking me why I had one missing! Just when I thought the day couldn’t get any weirder, I woke up and realized it was all just a dream, and really I was safe at home in my warm cozy dishwasher.

Oh kids just say the darnest things don’t they? 🙂 Leave comments with funny things your kids say! And if you try a Mad Lib with your kids, send your funniest one to me! I would love to read it!


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