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What To Do When You Have Nothing To Do

Happy Friday!


Have you ever had an experience while nannying where you had to kill some time and you had minimal or no materials provided for you? Well today's Nanny Tip of the Week is going to include some tips and fun game ideas you can do with zero or very few materials! Too often, I have found myself in an environment where trying keeping the kids occupied is a challenge; but with a little creative thinking, I was able to come up with some ideas that ended up being so much more fun than I expected. Check out this week's tip below so you can feel more prepared for next time!


1. If you don't have a Pinterest account, sign up for one today - I've got to be honest, I'm a huge advocate of Pinterest--not just for recipes, but more importantly to find ideas for crafts, games and other helpful tips to sharpen my nanny skills. What I like about this website is that it is a great way to keep everything in one place and organized. Plus, there are some great educational resources that many teachers use, but can certainly also be used for helping out with your kids and their homework. Check out the link below, sign up to get started and start pinning! 

http://www.pinterest.com


2. Create a "Nanny Grab Bag" - I had a good friend of mine who was also a nanny that worked for families on a temporary basis. She shared with me that she would always come prepared to every shift with her own grab bag that was filled with games, markers, activities, etc. It was great to use in the event that she might need them while working (i.e. for a long dinners/events that she had to supervise, while kids waited for their siblings to finish soccer practice, or when the child was acting fidgety on the car ride home). Take some time to decorate your own "Nanny Grab Bag" and fill it with whatever you might need in the event you're lacking materials! (P.S. This is also great for if you wanted to stash small candy or prizes for when your kids are behaving well!)


3. When in doubt, make up a game/activity with your kids - Not only is this a great way to teach children how to work together, but it also helps make your connection with your kids more memorable. Make up rules, gather the necessary materials and just have fun with it!  Plus, you'll always have your special game/activity to fall back on if your kids are bored.


Below I've listed a few websites/articles with games and activities that you can try out and keep in your back pocket for the future. For further reference, check them out on Pinterest and give them a try!


http://www.icanteachmychild.com/activities-for-when-kids-have-to-wait/
http://youthgroupgames.com.au/top-ten-no-prep-games/
http://matadornetwork.com/life/7-boardless-cardless-games-to-play-anywhere/
http://www.otfi.com/games.htm


Well, that's all for this week! But we would love to hear your feedback on what games YOU love to do with kids that require little or no materials, so please share with us. Until next time, keep the creativity flowing and have fun!


Good luck!


Samantha Carney

Photo Credit: Victoria Harjadi (https://flic.kr/p/a29EsL)

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