Activities for When Kids Have to Wait (no materials required)

20 activities for when kids have to wait 500x853 Activities for When Kids Have to Wait (no materials required)
pinit fg en rect gray 28 Activities for When Kids Have to Wait (no materials required)

 

We have all been there…what was supposed to be a 10-minute oil change or wait at the doctor’s office suddenly becomes more like an hour (or two!).  Worst of all, you weren’t prepared for the wait and didn’t bring any coloring books or toys along with you!  Don’t panic…you have this list FULL of activities for when kids have to wait!

(With that being said, you *might* want to go ahead and pin this post or bookmark it to your phone…just in case.)    :)

This list is divided into two categories:  activities for when others are around and activities for when it is just you and your kids.  Silly activities are great for when it is just you and your kids, but might not be appreciated when there are other patrons waiting in the same room.

 

Just You and Your Kids

These activities are perfect for waiting in exam rooms or when you have the place to yourselves…where others won’t be disrupted.

 

–  Play Simon Says:  This timeless game is the perfect way to keep kids active (i.e. burn a little energy) and occupy their attention all in one!

 

–  Sing a silly song or recite a finger play (the more actions the better):  Hokey Pokey, Do Your Ears Hang Low, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Deep and Wide, Father Abraham, London Bridges, Old McDonald Had a Farm, This Little Piggie…just to name a few.

 

– Create a piggyback story:  Start telling a story and then pass it along to your child.  Have him/her piggyback off of the start to your story and continue telling it with his/her own flair.  Continue piggybacking off of each other until your wait is over or the story has become too outrageous to continue!  :)

 

–  Have a Thumb War:  Link knuckles with your child and go to war to see which thumb is the strongest!

 

–  Do jumping jacks.  Did I mention that it might be necessary (for everyone’s sanity) that your kiddos to get some energy out while waiting?

 

–  Play the Body Count Game:  I love this idea from Creative Connections for Kids!

 

–  Find Your Funny Bone First:  Have your kids compete to see who can point to their funny bone first.  Continue the race by calling out more body parts.  (Idea from Teach Mama)

 

 

With Other People Around

 

–  I Spy:  A classic game that can be easily reinvented!  “I Spy with my little eye, something ______” (insert color, shape, beginning letter, etc).

 

–  Letter Hunt:  Call out a letter and ask your children to identify objects around the room that begin with that letter.

 

-  Play “How Many?”:  Call out a shape, color, etc. and ask your child how many objects he/she can find.  (idea from This Reading Mama)

 

–  Read the Room:  Have your child walk around the room and identify words (or shapes, colors, letters and numbers for non-readers).

 

–  Round Robin Game:  Start with a topic (colors, types of fruit, animals, etc) and go back and forth with your child(ren) naming a color until no one can think of any more (idea from Making Time for Mommy).  Try it with other topics too (four-legged animals, types of fruit, etc.).

 

–  See how high you can count:  Quietly count aloud with your child and see how high you can go (idea from Nothing If Not Intentional).  Another idea is to guess how many seconds (counts) until the doctor comes in, your food arrives, your car is ready, etc.  Then count together and, whoever comes closest to the actual number of counts it takes, wins (idea from The Chaos and the Clutter)

 

–  Recite Memory Verses:  A great suggestion from Meaningful Mama!  (Or you could keep these ABC Scripture Cards in your purse at all times).   :)

 

–  Imaginary Traveler:  Take turns asking your kids to imagine where they might go and what they object want to take along on their trip, beginning with the letter “a”  and continuing consecutively through the alphabet.  For example, “I’m going to Australia and I’m taking my Angry Birds.” “I’m going to Brad’s and I’m taking my Batman shirt.” Encourage participants to be as silly as possible.” (see this and other great “thinking games” at What Do We Do All Day?)

 

–  Play the “What’s missing?” Game:  This idea from Craftulate is brilliant when you have a purse or diaper bag with you.  You could even play with items you find around the room.

 

–  Guess Which Hand?:   Put an item in your hand and put your hands behind your back.  Have your child guess which hand the item is in.  (idea from Your Modern Family)

 

–  Play “I’m Thinking of a Number”:  Think of a number and keep it in your mind.   Begin giving your child clues.  This classic game is great for kids who are familiar with the concepts greater than and less than.

 

–  Ask “Would you Rather?” Questions:  Would you rather be in a pool or marshmallows or in a pool of M&M’s?  Would you rather have bright blue hair or bright blue feet?  Find  more questions like this (along with printable cards) from the Measured Mom.

 

–  Play the Verbal Memory Game:  Give your child a short list of items (3-6 depending on the age of your child).  Then have them recite the items in order.   (idea from There’s Just One Mommy)

 

 

Have a piece of paper and a pen?  Try this fun waiting room idea from Mama Smiles or these no-talking games from Teach Mama.  

 

 

Also, I loved this reminder from Study at Home Mama:

I love playing the games like I Spy, but I also find that these boredom times are great to encourage children to either (1) talk, or (2) find their own entertainment.  I think when kids are expected to entertain themselves, and they aren’t always given the answers, they learn to rise to the occasion. I think it takes practice — don’t always give entertainment during car rides, leave some free play time at home every day, etc. Engage your children in conversation and teach them how to start conversations — with you, or other kids. When you do this, your child is more apt to strike up a conversation (asking a question or sharing a story) than start whining about how they are bored.

 

Finally, as a last resort (i.e. deaf-con meltdown), you can always give them your phone.  I am personally trying to be more engaged with my kids and less reliant on technology because I don’t want to miss out on interactions with them!  But there are times when everyone has had enough (including me…just keepin’ it real).  In these dire situations, I might break out the phone and let them play an educational app for toddlers, preschoolers, or beginning readers.

 

 

Activities when kids have to wait 500x333 Activities for When Kids Have to Wait (no materials required)

 

 

What are some of YOUR best tips for when kids have to wait?

 

 

Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding1 500x748 Homemade Banana Pudding

pinit fg en rect gray 28 Homemade Banana Pudding

 

This homemade banana pudding recipe is from my Oma.  She makes the most amazing desserts and this recipe is certainly no exception.  Trying her homemade banana pudding might make you gag at the thought of ever having the boxed stuff again.  :)  The title is a bit deceiving, however.  The more accurate description of this recipe is actually “homemade vanilla pudding with bananas.”  There isn’t any fake banana flavoring in this pudding (thank goodness…we don’t want pudding that tastes like a banana Runt, do we?).   :)

You can, of course, make this in a large bowl and layer it (Nilla wafers, bananas, pudding, repeat), but I thought it would be fun to use these small Ball jars for individual portions.

 

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe:

4 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2/3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
Dash of salt
Mini Nilla Wafers
Sliced Bananas
Ball Half Pint Wide-Mouth Jars

 

making banana pudding 500x500 Homemade Banana Pudding

1.  Mix all of the ingredients (except the Nilla wafers and bananas) together in a pot and cook over medium heat until thickened.  Stir continuously.  I mixed my eggs in a small bowl to make it easier to stir within the mixture.

IMG 9497 500x333 Homemade Banana Pudding

2.  Once the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like consistency, remove from heat.  Fill your sink with water, add some ice, and let it cool before layer it in your bowl/jar.

layering banana pudding 500x497 Homemade Banana Pudding

3.  If using the jars to layer your pudding, put your mini Nilla wafers on the outside of the jar (they fit perfectly on the edges of this size jar).  Then add bananas and pudding.

IMG 9525 500x333 Homemade Banana Pudding

IMG 9527 300x450 Homemade Banana Pudding

IMG 9533 300x450 Homemade Banana Pudding

IMG 9544 300x450 Homemade Banana Pudding

This recipe can also be used as the base of coconut cream pie.  Half the recipe, then mix in 1 cup of coconut at the end for your coconut filling.  Top with whipped cream and a little baked coconut.  :)

Yum!  Be sure to check out more of our family’s favorite recipes!  

 

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!

Happy Saturday!  Did you see our homemade spinning tops that we shared a few weeks ago?  The boys are STILL having a blast with them (and we even painted with them this week too).

 

kid made spinning tops 500x333 Show and Share Saturday Link Up!

 

 

 

There were lots of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:

 

Edible Water Beads 300x450 Show and Share Saturday Link Up!

I love these Edible Water Beads from Little Pinch of Perfect!

 

 

 

Ocean Alphabet 500x375 Show and Share Saturday Link Up!

Check out this Ocean Alphabet activity from Kitchen Floor Crafts.

 

 

 

Books About Birthdays 300x500 Show and Share Saturday Link Up!

Fantastic Fun and Learning shares this list of Books about Birthdays!  What a fun way to celebrate a child’s birthday!

 

 

 

Have an idea or activity to share???  Just link up below!

Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit!

*By linking up, you are granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your blog.


Can’t see the link-up?  Go here.

 

 

Feed the Alphabet Monster

Feed the Alphabet Monster 466x1000 Feed the Alphabet Monster

pinit fg en rect gray 28 Feed the Alphabet Monster

   

I love being able to repurpose things that would otherwise end up in the trash.  And if you have children in your house, chances are the two items needed for this activity are plentiful:  bottle caps (from milk and other drinks) and a baby wipes container!   I shared this bottle cap sorting activity a few years ago and recently found a stash of bottle caps leftover as I was cleaning out a closet.  I decided to make this Feed the Alphabet Monster activity to help Little Brother practice identifying lowercase letters.        

The title of the post was inspired by Toddler Approved’s Feed the LEGO Monsters post.  :)

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a plastic baby wipes container, bottle caps, and 1″ stickers.        

 

IMG 9176 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster     IMG 9178 300x450 Feed the Alphabet Monster  These 1″ labels are perfect for the tops of bottle caps!  Just peel and stick!    
IMG 9180 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster  1.  Write letters (either capital or lowercase) on the stickers.      
IMG 9184 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster
IMG 9186 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster
    IMG 9462 300x456 Feed the Alphabet Monster 2.  Have your child place “feed” the caps to the monster one at a time while saying each letter.  
  IMG 9471 300x450 Feed the Alphabet Monster       IMG 9468 300x445 Feed the Alphabet Monster         IMG 9478 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster I love that this activity can be easily packaged and stored in the wipes container!     
    Check out more ways to recycle and browse our Alphabet Activities Pinterest Board:  
Follow Jenae {I Can Teach My Child!}’s board Alphabet Activities on Pinterest.

Human Body Activities for Kids

Human Body Activities for Kids 500x917 Human Body Activities for Kids

pinit fg en rect gray 28 Human Body Activities for Kids

 

The human body is marvelous, isn’t it?  I am constantly in awe of the amazing creation that encompasses our bodies.  Big Brother asked specifically to learn about the human body this summer and we have been having a blast.  We have already shared a couple fun posts about the human body, but I thought it would be helpful to feature other human body activities for kids from around the web.

 

Activities and Models

 

What is blood made of A hands on science demonstration 300x508 Human Body Activities for Kids

Try out this hands-on demonstration to illustrate what blood is made of.

 

 

 

humanbody2 Human Body Activities for Kids

Life Size Body Map Art Project  ::  Pink and Green Mama

 

 

 

human body3 500x332 Human Body Activities for Kids

Demonstrate the Human Heart with a Tennis Ball  ::  Kids Activities Blog

 

 

 

human body 4 500x375 Human Body Activities for Kids

Make a model of your skeleton with this X-Ray Playdough.

 

 

 

human body 5 300x400 Human Body Activities for Kids

Make a model of the human lung  ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

human body 6 500x333 Human Body Activities for Kids

Create a model of the brain with playdough ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

human body 7 500x333 Human Body Activities for Kids

Make your own stethoscope  ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

Human Body 12 Human Body Activities for Kids

Felt Human Anatomy Model  ::  Fun at Home with Kids (via Teach Preschool)

 

 

human body 8 Human Body Activities for Kids

Create a model of the circulatory system  ::  Highhill Education

human body 9 Human Body Activities for Kids

Make a model of an eye ::  Homeschool-Activities

human body 10 500x332 Human Body Activities for Kids

Demonstrate why we need both muscles and bones

Human Body 11 Human Body Activities for Kids

Use pool noodles to make a model of the backbone ::  Spell Out Loud

Resources

 

Books about the Human Body 300x425 Human Body Activities for Kids

Books about the Human Body

My Body Puzzles 300x319 Human Body Activities for Kids

Hape Your Body Puzzles:  Perfect for preschoolers wanting to learn about their body systems!

Squishy Human Body Human Body Activities for Kids

Squishy Human Body Model 

IMG 3172 300x225 Human Body Activities for Kids

Our boys are obsessed with this life-like human model.  They love to take the body apart and feel all of the various organs.  My only complaint is that it is too hard for a 6-year old to put back together himself (which is probably why it is recommended for 8+), so I end up doing it.

Magic School Bus Human Body 300x423 Human Body Activities for Kids

Magic School Bus Human Body DVD

We have checked this DVD out from our library a couple different times and our boys LOVE it.  And I love that they are learning about their bodies!

IMG 2917 300x532 Human Body Activities for Kids

The Human Body App ($2.99) on the iPhone or iPad

This app is incredible.  It shows each of the body’s systems separately and how they work.  In the digestive system, you can feed the body and watch how the food is digested.  In the nervous system, you can touch parts of your body and watch the touch travel to your brain.

Learn about the Human body 500x352 Human Body Activities for Kids

What activities or resources do you have to learn about the human body?  Leave a link or comment below!