Recently, our family had the opportunity to care
for sisters' children for a couple days, when she and her husband
traveled to a bed and breakfast for some much need rest and
relaxation. They don't have a chance to get away that often,
so I was more than happy to help them out for this little
getaway. And, well, I would hope that she would do the same
thing for me.
Once I agreed to taking care of her children,
reality set in. My sister has six children, and
while the youngest wouldn't be staying with me,
all the others would be. Add those five children
to my three, you have eight, and add that to my
small apartment and you have enough to drive
any mom up a wall! How would I keep eight
children occupied in my small home, without
spending a lot of money?
One of the first activities we played was Twister.
Twister was a gift for Christmas, so it was a
game the children were still learning. As I watched
them play, my I started thinking about the games
my siblings and I played as children -- those easy
games that usually required no extra supplies. There
were six of us, and I can remember keeping ourselves
occupied with old favorites such as "Mother May I?"
and "Old Maid". After reminiscing, I decided that I
would take this opportunity to teach them these
I am not sure who had more fun with it, but I
taught them several of the games I played as a
young child, and everyone had the greatest time.
I taught them "Red Light, Green Light" and "Red
Rover", among others. Even the older children
had fun playing "London Bridge" for the sake of
the little ones. Want to know the best part? It
has been over a week since I taught the kids
these games, and on several occasions, I have
caught them playing them on their own. Now,
what could be better than that?
I encourage you to think back to some of your
favorite childhood games. Did you love to play
"Simon Says"? When was the last time you
built a hopscotch? Do your children even know
that there is actually a way to play marbles?
Think of your favorites, and start teaching them
to your children. Not only do most of these
games require very little supplies, if any, but
they show your children that there are fun
activities that don't have to be plugged in.
If you need some inspiration, the following
websites offer instructions on many popular
"Games Kids Play"
"Parent Soup: Games"
©2002 Brandie Valenzuela
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