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Fun Babysitting Tips

Fun Babysitting TipsWhen you are babysitting, you may wonder to yourself, what can I do with these kids? For some of us, it is quite easy and fun to come up with a few games to play. But for others, you need to head to the location ready with some ideas in tow. The best thing for you to do is to turn off the television and get down on the floor and play with the kids you are watching. This is the ideal way for you to get to know them and entertain them.

To help you, here are some fun things that you can do with children under the age of six.

For those children that are big enough to walk and talk, you'll want to play a game with them or do some pretend play. Children love to make up a story and play it out. You can pretend to be super heroes or pretend to be at a tea party. Ask them to come up with the pretend game.

For babies or very small toddlers, it is up to you to provide the entertainment. They will enjoy when you sing to them or read to them. You may want to bring over your favorite books when you were a child. Or, you may want to play games like peek a boo and other silly songs.
For a game to play, consider things that will be in the same room as you are in, so that no one is getting hurt or lost in the process. You can play things like Mother May I and Red Light Green Light.

For older children, you may want to work on a puzzle or do some coloring. Often, these kids are at a stage when they are looking for someone to just have a chat with while they do something. For example, if the two of you sit at the kitchen table with a box of crayons and a new coloring book, they are likely to ask you lots of silly questions and have a few stories to tell too. They like to be the big kid too.
It is always good to read to a child. You can find a wide range of books to read right before bed time that will help them to relax and unwind after all the playing that you two have been doing. Its important to make sure to follow the same routine for bed as their parents do, so that they don't feel out of place. And, so that you can get some rest.

Determine what your child enjoys and then provide a little entertainment for him. There are plenty of options out there for you to consider, you just have to think back to when you were a kid and see if you can come up with a few things that bring a smile to your face. If you make babysitting enjoyable, your child will enjoy it too. Of course, you will probably find it to be a good experience and the child will tell their parents to invite you back over next time too.
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