As a babysitter, you want to keep the kids you are watching occupied. Why not bring a backpack of items to help keep the kids amused? Make your time more fun with these best bring along backpack items for babysitters of school-aged kids.
Why a Babysitter Should Bring Along a Backpack of Items. Kids may get bored with what’s available in their own homes. By bringing your own backpack of items, the kids get to try new things and may even look forward to the next time you come to babysit.
Music for Your Bring Along Backpack for Babysitters. When you bring CDs or DVDs, the kids can sing along or dance to the music. This can be useful when babysitting active school-aged kids. If you encourage movement or dancing near the beginning of your time with them, the kids can burn off some excess energy and be a little calmer for sit-down activities later.
A good choice for younger kids are Kidsongs DVDs. The songs are easy for kids to learn and sing along with. There is even one I Can Dance that teaches the kids some new dance moves. You can buy these at resale shops, ebay or amazon.com in a variety of price ranges. For tweens, you can choose whatever flavor of the week is popular at the time.
Camera for Your Bring Along Backpack for Babysitters. Most school-aged kids love to have their picture taken. You can take pictures of them in goofy poses and doing activities from your bring along backpack. If the parents have a computer and printer that you can use, many cell phone takes pictures or get a cheap digital camera. Walmart currently has a Vivitar 2.1 MP digital camera for $19.00. Use a memory card to transfer pictures to the computer for printing.
If a computer is not available and you don’t have one at your own home, you can purchase disposable cameras at most dollar stores for about $5. You can get the pictures developed at a later time. Be sure to bring several pictures back for the kids to keep as well. Whichever type of pictures you use, they will come in handy for the next item for your backpack list.
Scrapbooking Kit for Your Bring Along Backpack for Babysitters. School-aged kids are old enough to cut and glue to make scrapbook pages. You can get small photo albums at most dollar stores for as little as $1. You can buy separate sheets of scrapbooking paper to use for several pages and a few other loose items to decorate. Be sure to bring safety scissors and glue sticks as well.
You may prefer to buy a small scrapbooking kit to start, and add to that as supplies are needed. Walmart has Diecuts with a View 8″ x 8″ Scrapbook Kit in a Stack for $14.99. You get card stock and printed sheets which can be cut to make 2 pages for small photo albums. The kit also comes with quotes you can glue to the pages. Many dollar stores offer inexpensive scissors that make designs when they cut.
Kidsongs; I Can Dance; amazon.com
Walmart.com; Vivitar Vivicam V25 Black 2.1 MP Digital Camera
Walmart.com: Diecuts with a View 8″ x 8″ Scrapbook Kit in a Stack, All Occasion