10 Fun Things to do when Babysitting ...


Friday night has come and I’ve been asked to baby-sit.

It has the potential to be a night of never ending noise and leave me a massive headache.

Luckily for me I have a few tricks up my sleeve to keep the children controlled until Mom and Dad get home.3

Here are 10 fun things I like to do when babysitting.

1. Bake


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I can’t begin to explain the level of excitement that ensues when I’m babysitting and say the word "brownies." I let them measure the ingredients, crack the eggs, hold the mixer, and best of all, lick the spoon!

The same goes for any other baked good.

Not only does your kid have fun doing it, but they get a delicious treat at the end!

2. Put on a Play

Put on a Play

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I am the first to admit that I’m a terrible actor, but that doesn’t matter when I’m babysitting.

Who needs a script?

I like to act out songs, scenes from movies, stories from their favorite book or just make it up as I go along.

Being over the top and cracking up while I recite my made up lines makes the whole thing that much more fun!

3. Old-school Movies

Old-school Movies

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I was babysitting one day and casually mentioned something about "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Imagine my surprise when the kids asked me what I was talking about.

I was floored but I also saw an opportunity!

I bring movies that came out before the kids were born, turn off the lights, get a big bowl of popcorn and roll the film.

4. Write a Story

Write a Story

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Writing a story is a great way to improve spelling, grammar and reading.

It also fosters an active imagination.

I like to get crayons and markers and encourage pictures along with the words.2

I ask them questions about the characters and help move the story along.

When we’re all done we read it at bed time.

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