Babysitting Bag: A Five-Session Activity Day Series

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This activity series goes with the activity suggested on page 9 of the Faith in God booklet for boys and girls: “Entertain young children with songs or games you have learned or made yourself. Show that you know how to care for and protect a young child.”
Girls or boys can enjoy putting together a Babysitting Bag. Whether they use it at home with younger siblings (to give Mom or Dad a chance to lay down for a minute), or whether they use it with little friends or neighbors (as they serve as a “mother’s helper”), this Babysitting Bag will help Senior Primary children prepare for and learn about caring for younger children. Assembling it can be a multi-session engaged activity!

 

Session 1: Make playdough, which can entertain young folks for hours. It’s also nice for older kids to see that a cherished toy can be homemade! Add your choice of food coloring and package in airtight containers for each Babysitting Bag. Here’s my favorite recipe:

HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH:

  • 1 cup (110 grams)  flour
  • 1/4 cup (68 grams) salt
  • 2 Tablespoons (20 grams) cream of tartar

Combine in a pan. In a separate bowl, combine:

  • 1 cup (235 milliliters) water
  • 2 teaspoons (10 milliliters) food coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon (13 grams) oil

Add to the above. Cook and stir constantly for 3-5 minutes. When the clay forms a ball in the center of the pan, knead on lightly floured surface with rubber gloves on (it will be hot). Keeps 1-2 months.

Session 2: Make a file folder game. Color, cut out and laminate the pieces. Ideas can be found here: filefolderfun.com

Session 3: Make a list of favorite activity songs like “Do As I’m Doing” (CS 276) and “If You’re Happy [And You Know It] (CS 266). Learn a new active song from that section of the Children’s Songbook to teach younger children. You might want to make some simple rhythm instruments: rhythmweb.com/homemade

Session 4: Make or decorate a simple fabric bag with handles to hold these things plus crayons, coloring sheets, and other simple age-appropriate activities.

Session 5: Talk about basic babysitting skills, first aid, when to summon help, etc.

Learning about caring for younger children is a valuable skill on a child’s way to learning how to be a responsible, loving, nurturing father or mother. It also is a self-esteem builder for a child to realize that they too can serve others.

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