This summer the weather has been downright moody in Nebraska! One day it’s hot and sunny, the next it’s pouring rain, and another it’ll be so humid you can barely stand to step outdoors! Keeping energetic kids busy when they can’t play outside is never easy, and I should know, I used to be the nanny for five children. When you’ve got a vacuming to do, laundry to wash and fold, and dinner to cook, you just can’t afford to give the kids your full attention. My favorite way to keep them busy was to set them up with an activity they could play together. Here’s one they really loved:
The game is called “What Changed?”
- Have the kids sit in one room, and choose one to stand up and have everyone look very closely at what they’re wearing and how they’re wearing it.
- Have the child leave the room and change something about his or her appearance (like maybe take off their socks or turn a baseball cap backwards).
- Have the child return to the room and let the others guess what changed!
- Whoever guesses right can go next, or, to avoid anyone being left out, you could have them all alternate.
Once you get this game going, you can just listen to them play while you work on other things! Even if you don’t have many kids yourself, this is a good activity for times when you might be hosting a sleepover or party of some kind.