Now I'm trying something new for me: I'm participating in Carole's Ten on Tuesday.
Ten Ways to Entertain a Child
I have no children, but I've done plenty of entertaining for my nieces and nephews, who range quite a bit in age. The oldest is in his mid-20s, and the youngest is a preteen, which means my list may run the gamut!
1. Read. Either read to the child or read with the child. I started reading the Harry Potter series because my nephew was into it, and I wanted to be able to discuss it with him. I gave him The Hobbit when he first learned to read because I wanted it on his bookshelf when he was ready for it.
2. Run in the rain. One time I babysat for the same nephew when he was nearly three and his sister was a newborn. It was raining out. We ran back and forth across the driveway (the baby was not running, nor was she in the rain) and splashed in the rain until he was ready to sleep.
3. See a play. I prefer Shakespeare outside, because then the child is also entertained by a picnic. When I was in England, I was impressed by how young many audience members were when I went to the college greens to see Shakespeare. Even if a kid doesn't quite grasp the language, a lot of the plays are so funny and/or compelling that she will understand the story just fine.
4. Make a kite. Then fly it.
6. Hike in the woods. Stop and look at all the cool stuff.
7. Visit a museum. If the child is young, model how to talk about art. If the child is a young man, a budding artist, ask him lots of questions about why he likes what he does.
8. Teach the child to knit or weave or sew. My nephew learned at a pretty young age, starting with finger, then spool, then needle knitting.
9. Cook together. My ex-husband had the same nephew standing on a chair helping out in the kitchen from the time the kid was old enough to stand on a chair by himself. Kids seem to like to eat stuff that they help to cook.
10. Watch clouds or lightning bugs together. Nothing like a blanket in the back yard and a little daydreaming to entertain a child of all ages!
How do you entertain kids?
P.S. Please forgive any font wonkiness. I'm having issues. I know.