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Tips for Entertaining Children

Ideas for Entertaining Infants

Babies have short attention spans and are frequently interested in a toy or activity for only a FEW MINUTES at a time. Babysitters and nannies have to be patient with the baby/infants during babysitting. Don't expect more from the baby/infants than he is old enough to give. A good nanny has to be very sensitive to a baby/infants.
Babies/Infants from Birth to Six Months:
Babies from Six Months to One Year...

Ideas for Entertaining Toddlers during childcare

Toddlers are excited about learning and doing things for themselves. They do not share and are too young to play well with other children. However, they frequently enjoy playing beside other children. As a nanny, you may want to take note of these.
Toddlers enjoy:

Ideas for Entertaining School Age Children

Doing things with school age children during childcare can be a lot of fun for both of you. You may have forgotten how much fun some of these activities are:
Inside Activities:
  • Board games such as Clue, Monopoly
  • Word games such as Hang-Man and Scrabble
  • Game show games such as Win, Lose, or Draw
  • Reading
Outside Activities:
  • Jumping rope
  • "Mother May I," Red light/Green light
  • Playing catch or basketball, throwing Frisbees

Ideas for Entertaining Preschoolers

Preschoolers are able to do many things for themselves. However, they may require assistance with bedtime, eating, and toileting. Some ideas for entertaining preschoolers during quiet and active play are listed below.
Quiet Play...
  • Easy board games such as Candyland, Chutes and Ladders
  • Imaginative games such as playing school, store or spaceships
  • Listening to stories that you make up or read. DO NOT TELL SCARY STORIES WHEN YOU ARE BABYSITTING. Young children may become extremely frightened and have nightmares or trouble going to bed.
Active Play...
  • Taking a walk to find "treasures" such as pine cones, pretty rocks or other things
  • Tag or hide-and-seek
  • Riding toys - be careful to supervise

Playing with Play Dough

Keeping children busy indoors on rainy days can be a challenge for babysitters and nannies during childcare. Playing with play dough is always a favorite activity and it's even educational! Children enjoy pushing, rolling, squeezing, molding, and pounding gooey play dough. Some play dough tips:
  • Allow the child to just play with it without necessarily making anything.
  • Children enjoy making "play food" out of play dough, but be sure they really don't eat it!
  • Hard plastic toys, such as action figures and dinosaurs, are fun to hide in the play dough or to press to make an imprint. Be sure the toys are at least as big as the child's fist.
  • Be creative, have fun, and those spring showers will be over before you know it.

Babysitters and nannies who are well-prepared for babysitting will be highly respected and greatly appreciated by parents.

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