10 Activities to Do with Kids While You’re Babysitting

Babysitting is a lot easier when you’ve got fun activities planned! Here are ten activities that you can adapt to your babysitting needs:

  1. Start the day (or evening) off by passing out pre-made “fun” bags. In the bag you can have many things that you will use during your time together: movies, music, coloring pages, small toys, the materials for crafts and some games.
  2. Games are great and don’t require much preparation. There are the traditional “Simon Says” or “123 Red Light” which are best played outside. As for inside favorites, besides board games there’s the “Do Not Laugh” game. All sit in a semi-circle and make silly faces; the one who laughs last is the winner and should be awarded a small prize. Tried and true “Hide and Seek” is usually very popular, too.
  3. Go to a nearby park or playground. Assuming it’s okay with the parents, taking kids to a playground is a fun and easy way to let them burn off energy. No park nearby? Grab a soccer ball and head out to the backyard for some fresh air.
  4. Crafts are always a wonderful way to spend babysitting hours. For younger children, activities like finger-painting using edible materials such as vanilla yogurt and food coloring are a big hit. Older children will love cutting shapes out of cookie dough and baking their fantasy creations.
  5. Reading aloud is always an option for babysitters and nothing enhances the experience more than if you take blankets and pillows and make a reading tent. If you pop some popcorn that will make the time shared feel even more special.
  6. Speaking of popcorn, watching a movie together can be a tremendously fun experience. Give out “tickets” before the show and collect them at the “door”. Then, turn off the lights and prepare to have a wonderful time in the land of imagination!
  7. Small children love to do things by themselves. Let them “help” you by stirring their own drinks or making their own sandwiches.
  8. Reverse the roles and play pretend. Let the kids “be” the babysitter. Permit them to give you a prepared snack, like fruit roll-ups and a boxed juice.
  9. Put on some music and dance! Download some great music on your iPod and then, like Snoopy and the Peanuts crowd, make merry! Teach them a dance or encourage them to choreograph their own.
  10. Do a puzzle together. Not only will this keep kids busy for a while, it keeps their energy at a controllable level — which makes it a great activity for before bedtime.

Regardless of what you plan to do, check with the parents first and make sure you have their approval. Be sure to be a responsible babysitter so that all have an enjoyable but safe time during activities. Above all, maintain a positive attitude and have fun! Your energy and smile will enhance any activity and make your time with the children you are caring for memorable indeed.

  • Horsegirloregon

    Great! I babysit 3 hrs every day these really helped!!!

  • LipeJessie143

    This is really helpful

  • Daiton Thorpe

    i new to this so everything is helpful

  • Hayley K

    I am a babysitter and an important tip is have fun make sure the kids ask there parents for u every time!

  • Missy

    What happends if ur baby sitting Jewish kids what can they do I heard they can’t watch t.v so what can they do ???!

  • allie

    this was stupid

  • Awsomebabysitter22001

    im new with babysitting my little cuzins will love these things I know they will these are helpfull

  • thedragonflysister

    Here’s a tip for all fellow babysitters: play pretend games! Little kids love to use their imagination, and it’s good for them to do so. Build a “ship” using the couch and chairs in the living room and play pirates! (Kids love it.) Make up goofy stories like “Once there was a purple unicorn named Fred who loved cheese…” Anything goofy will get kids laughing! Make a “Treasure Hunt” using simple drawings as clues. The “treasure” could be a small box with candy, play jewelry, or a joke book in it. Little girls love dress-up. If you’re babysitting a little girl, help her put on one of her favorite dresses, make her a paper crown, and tell her she’s a princess.

    A game I sometimes play with kids is “horses.” You drape a towel over the top of the couch, sit them on it, and tell them it’s their “horse.” They can bounce up and down pretending to ride a horse, just be careful they don’t fall or get hurt.

    Good luck!

  • Nicole Boncic

    These are some great ideas! I babysit these two girls for 8 hours a day, two days a week and was burned out on some ideas to keep them occupied. Thank you!!

  • Alma

    i felt this was not very helpful sorry but kids dont just go outside for fresh air:(

  • Things to do when your bored

    Awesome and very useful list you share. Thanks for sharing.

  • Perla

    what do you do when your baby sitting a 3 yr old a 7 year old and a nine year old? they all want to play differnet things /.

  • ellebellyallupinyouheadyes

    yes I agree with allie this was stupid goodby

  • camelia

    those are good ideas

  • makenzie

    great list. also a nature scavenger hunt is a big hit and arts and crafts work for all ages

  • Jillian

    Never play hide and seek with 2-3 year olds…they could run away and “hide” all night your there.

  • Haley

    Being a babysitter of two, they are different ages and its hard to do things they both want to do. The girl is nine and the boy is two. I need ideas that are good for both ages And neither will get bored easily.

  • cece

    this is my first time babysitting for a 8 year old what should I do he likes to play video games and rough house with his dog molly and on hot days he swims in his pool what should I do with him? any sugestions

  • cece

    so like yeah should I play video games with him I love video games but he doesn’t do these things when I’m around him : read, watch t v , play with action figures that’s all I got

  • cece

    great tip dragon fly sister I might use that :) but he might not like it but it will work

  • Lisa Scott

    not necessarily do kids need t.v to be occupied. try thinking of other activities such as reading a book, playing outside or going on a treasure hunt. FYI- not all jewish kids cant watch t.v. only some be carful what you say online it is not right to make a assumtion like that. just because you might know one family does not mean all jewish people are like that. kids like babysitters who are interactive. they might not like it as much if you just let them sit around watching tv all day. they will get board eventually. i am sure you will do great. gook luck!!

  • peanut

    I am a babysitter myself.If the kids r stuck on the tv then maybe bake something or if you have a jar fill it up with a lot of things and have a prize or something and who ever guesses the right or the closest number than they win.

  • Sarah

    Thanks this really helped! I babysit two boys for 8 hours a day, rwice a week for 4 weeks and I was running of ideas :/

  • jade

    This is babysitting 101 you should know this even before you babysit first so this was no help.

  • Alisha Hawley

    I have been trying to get into babysitting, but I don’t know how. I thought about making a sheet, but that seems too formal. Any ideas?

  • carlie

    i baby sit three boys who always love games i chose don’t eat pete it is a fun game for kids of all ages.

  • nicole

    Pass out flyers with your name age price etc. I did it and it works!

  • breanne

    I babysit 7 hours with older kids and they can be snots but this really helped so thanks!!

  • Julie

    I baby sit a 3, 7, and 12 year old I found that if you play sports they all get in to it and if you play tag. Another thing I did was the oldest kid and I had an athletic contest and the younger kids were the judge the loved having the power of telling us who kicked the football better anyways good luck

  • akyia

    thank you

  • Babysitter101

    thanks im thinking of starting a babysitting business this should help :)

  • brooke

    wow that was helpful

  • Alibaby2050

    I babysit a 10,12 and 14 yr old the 14 yr old is half death and half blind these girls make my time with them amazing they love to get into my makeup witch i bring every time for them and they put it all over me and themselves its great fun then we usually go for a snack and watch some tv shows they like

  • Shakayla

    The girls I babysit love crafts, usually I bring over a big card board box and we build different things out of it for example last time we made a stable for their horses and finger painted it. We’ve also made bird houses and mixed different cereals as “food” for the birds, and painted it as well. If it’s you’re first time babysitting get to know each other. Write your names on a piece of paper and draw what you like to do then present it to each other. Lastly re-think games, one time the kids and I made a snow man and different assesories and cut them out, then played a game like pin the tail on the donkey but with the different assesories. Hope that helped!

  • Desiree

    there is no reason to be rude. Someone who is just starting their babysitting business might not have ideas. So keep your trap shut if you have nothing nice to say.

  • katrina and justa

    me and my cosuin babysit and im 13 and shes 14 do u think exersising is a good thing for them to do when you babysit them ??

  • Lita

    Well I just started to babysit a 5 yr old girl but she isn’t very well behaved she throws things and that hurt but there’s nothing to do that won’t make a mess any ideas

  • cortney.meyers

    I babysit a 3 year old girl. I don’t know what to do.

  • fatricia the king

    yes they do #ignorethehaters

  • rae

    compromise and maybe make up a game with things that they all want to do. if that doesnt work the play each game for a few minutes and then play what the next kid wants to play.

    if you run in to that problem again

  • mercy

    when i was babysitting i would let them watch their favorite cartoon and eat popcorn and drink chocolate milk or you could color and listen to their favorite song for example abc or miracle round

  • Cat

    I babysit toddlers and a fun thing for them is get a laundry basket and put blankets and toys in it, then set them in it and pull it around the house like a little car.

  • Bwbenn

    Ask them what they want to do

  • Jenna

    What do you do if babysitting a 3 year old and a 6 month year old? So we can’t do much

  • katelynn

    what if the kid that your babysitting is being bad and the parent doesnt say what to do

  • Kaelyn

    I babysit a 5 yr old wbo wants to do everything from play restaurant to having a water fight. If I tell her no to something, she’ll get mad at me and storm away. Her mom said that I am the boss, but she doesn’t seem to listen to that… HELP!!!!! WHAT DO I DO?!?!?!?

  • Babysitterofarambuctiosone!!!!

    if you have any brothers or sisters that may like to help babysit, maybe bring them along. maybe they can to play with the 3 year old, and then you can take
    care of the six month year old, or vice versa. Hope that helps!

  • Megan

    Very true, plus right now there are mosquito`s out!!!

  • Bre

    i babysit one 9 year old girl, she likes minecraft and usually stays in her room most of the time, her mom wants me to try and get her out of her room, what kind of things can i do that might interest her????

  • babysittersclub

    I’m new to babysitting and I’ve been passing out flyers but it doesn’t work what do I do?

  • adeline

    food always works haha. also try a movie or do hair and makeup together. let her do yours and you do hers. thats always fun!

  • Holly

    I’m babysitting a 8yr. Old, a 6yr. Old and a 2 yr. Old what crafts and activities should I do ??

  • Destiny

    Yha the heck
    you most now nothing about babysting

  • Destiny

    If this is free national.they said I want to jump off a bridge.Would you let them.No kids can think of off the top of their heads. What if they say I want to go to the park what you gonna do then.I think before answering.Just let you know.Me and her were raised from humans not chickens.That flike chocolate on the fries.What is a sad day when you jump out of an airplaneThere’s a lot of things you gotta think about before you say them