Babysitting Activities for a 5 Year Old?

I'm babysitting a 5 year old boy until 5:00 today and I am miserable. He can't stay occupied for very long, he's demanding, and starts to cry when he doesn't get his way. If I can keep him occupied he's a very well behaved kid, but I have run out of ideas. Help!


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May 28, 20160 found this helpful

Well, since it usually takes about a week for your post to get on here, your day is over. It should not be up to you to come up with things for him to do. His parents would be "entertaining" him if they were with him, so you may want to ask them what he likes to do and have them supply you with what works.
It is wonderful that you care enough but you are not responsible. He might just have to cry some to make him see he isn't always going to get his own way. In the mean time, relax. If you are called back on a regular basis, have a sit-down with his parents and come up with a game plan. Good luck!

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June 14, 20160 found this helpful

play tag with him

go slow so he can tag u

or play hide and seek

but hide in an easy to see place

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June 8, 20180 found this helpful

let him draw and pretend he is an artist. announce what he is drawing and eaderate on how great it is.


You can even make a trophy and give it to him, kids love stuff like that

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February 8, 20190 found this helpful

arts and crafts
talk softly to him
read story
watch a movie
play cards

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