Tips & Tricks

50 Things To Do With The Kids You Babysit

This summer, I began a babysitting job. Now each babysitting experience is different, simply because each kid’s personality is different. But whether you’re a grandparent the kids are visiting with for weekend, a friend watching the kids one night, or a teenager babysitting a few days a week, it’s easy to run out of things to do! Below is a list of 50 simple, inexpensive, and fun things to do to keep the kids entertained and, of course, make you the best babysitter ever.


  1. Shadow Puppets
  2. Build a Fort
  3. Watch their Favorite Movie
  4. Play School
  5. Make Slime
  6. Order a Pizza
  7. Go for a Walk
  8. Have a Fashion Show
  9. Make Art
  10. Try a Cool Pinterest Craft/Recipe
  11. Make Paper Snowflakes
  12. Swim
  13. Go Hiking
  14. Play Marco Polo
  15. Go Fishing
  16. Play with Barbie Dolls
  17. Play a Board Game
  18. Skip Rocks
  19. Play Hopscotch
  20. Paint Rocks
  21. Have a Lemonade Stand
  22. Color in a Coloring Book
  23. Teach them Something New
  24. Paint their Nails
  25. Play with Trucks
  26. Play Hide and Go Seek
  27. Take them Somewhere New
  28. Take Pictures of Them
  29. Let Them Take Pictures of You
  30. Bake Cookies
  31. Make Homemade Ice Cream
  32. Play the “One Name Game”
  33. Play the Rhyming Game
  34. Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
  35. Create Paper Snowflakes
  36. Make an Obstacle Course in the Yard
  37. Go On a Scavenger Hunt
  38. Decorate Salt-Dough Ornaments
  39. Have a Tea Party
  40. DiY Spa Day
  41. Make Paperclip Jewelry
  42. Take Turns Drawing Portraits of Each Other
  43. Make Greeting Cards to Take to Nursing Home Residents
  44. Go to a Playground
  45. Finish a Puzzle
  46. Tie Dye Shirts
  47. Staring Contest
  48. Thumb Wrestling
  49. Write Thank You Letters to Soldiers

And my favorite

50. The Silent Game!

Try these out and let me know how they work! Is there anything I didn’t list that your kids really enjoy? Comment below and let me know.

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