Whether parents are out running errands, trying to entertain children while waiting on food at a restaurant or stuck in a waiting room at the doctor’s office with preschoolers in tow, waiting can be hard. The digital world in which we live makes it easier than ever to hand a child a device to keep them occupied. Many parents, however, have concerns about the amount of screen time their child consumes and are looking for ways to engage their preschoolers when on the go.
You may have played “Simon Says,” “I Spy,” or “Rock, Paper, Scissors” when you were younger. There is nothing wrong with those games, and they are still great options. If you are looking for something new to try with your preschooler, however, give one of these a try the next time you are on the go with your preschooler.
Bag of Tricks
One of the best strategies for waiting is to have a bag of safe, age-appropriate toys or activities. You should only allow the things contained in the bag to be used during waiting times, so it feels thrilling and special. There is no need to spend a lot of money on bag items: pipe cleaners, a deck of cards, toys that come as prizes with other purchases, crayons and paper, bubbles, play dough, or anything you think your child will enjoy. Fidget toys have become very popular in recent years, and they are usually compact, making them a perfect addition to the bag.
Guess the Animal
The parent thinks of an animal. The child will ask questions to try to guess the animal. Here are some examples of questions to ask: “Does the animal live in the water?” “Can this animal fly?” “Does this animal eat plants?” If you have an older child, they can think of an animal and the parent can guess.
There’s a familiar game that many families play while waiting in the long lines at Disney World. They look for hidden Mickeys. Basically, look for the classic shape of Mickey’s face within your surroundings. You do not have to look for Mickey Mouse, though. Try looking for faces in whatever environment you find yourself. Once you start seeing how bushes, clouds, and grocery store end caps start looking like faces, you will see them everywhere!
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