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Sep 10

After School Activities for the Kids? Ideas for your Babysitter

It might be tempting for your babysitter to let the kids sit in front of the TV when they get home from school.  Yet, for them it would be a lost opportunity to learn, socialize or even simply to spend their energy in a positive way.

Indeed, if adults learn by repetition, children learn all the time, what ever they are doing . . . as long as they are engaged in an activity.

So we put together some suggestions of activities that your babysitter can do with your kids when they get home from school.

After school activities can be organized into two categories: outdoor and indoor.

If the weather allows it and if you have a garden or a park nearby, it would be a shame to keep children indoor after a day at school.

According to the season, the babysitter can get them to gather tree leaves or flowers and create a herbarium or make them practice their letters by asking them to take pictures of things that start with the different letters of the alphabet.

If your child has extra energy to burn, another after school activity is to train her coordination by hitting specific targets with a foam ball.   The nanny can increase the difficulty and turn the game into a competition.

All these activities are also suited for a group of kids and can be spread out over time and become real adventures, which will also strengthen the confidence of your child when he reaches his goals.

If the children have to stay indoors, there are many fun after school activities that your babysitter can engage the kids in such as modelling magic doe or playing board games.  The nanny can also organize a treasure hunt by hiding objects in the house or even let them help her bake a cake as a special reward.

Use these activity ideas to open the discussion about after school activities with your babysitter and why not challenge her to find a different activity for every day of the month?

That could be a fun way to make sure that your children will not passively watch television but have fun and learn and exercise without realizing it.

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