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Does anyone know of any Instructables to do while babysitting? Answered

I have popsicle sticks, paper clips, cardboard, string, and that sort of stuff. I am going to be babysitting three kids ages 7,8, and 9 I believe. So does anyone know of any safe and easy Instructables? (Also i don't have any LED lights or anything like that.)

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

Heheheh

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wocket
wocket

12 years ago

try doing some leaf/coin rubbings with thin paper and crayons.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

12 years ago

Swordfight with empty paper towel rolls. Make a can-and-string telephone. Make paper airplanes. Ask them to teach you something. When I was that age I loved making things out of paper clips. I had a whole fleet of little wire fighterplanes on my desk. I was always the Reds, though, because I could make MIGs better than anyone else. Grr. Which brings me to my next point: play Russian invasion/Army/Cowboys and Indians/humans and ailiens. Get 'em active. Makle something that when you're done, you'll have to be active to use it. Once they're tired, they'll be a heck of a lot easier to keep an eye on. Then play a board game or Connect Four, or even better, a game that they get to draw for themselves, like tanks-and-subs. (I don't know if only the kids around here played it, or if other people do and call it something else... I'm working on a writeup on how to play).

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Was tanks and subs the one where you drew them on paper, folded it and tried toattack the other guys vehicles? We used to play something like that MANY years ago. It was kind of a ghetto-version of Battleship.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

Kinda. We didn't fold. We'd draw the vehicles and some wild Dr. Seuss terrain for them, then take turns putting a sharp pencil point against the gun/torpedo tube of one of our vehicles, then pressing down on the eraser until the pencil shot across the paper. Wherever that line ended, we made a dot. Then it was the other guy's turn. You could "continue" a shot, and sometimes, the "shell" would wind up with some really zany path if you were a klutz. A shell was "dead" when it either hit a vehicle or the ground.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Oh yeah, We played it that way too. Sometime before we quit playing, it had morphed into a road-rally course. Your car was "stalled" wherever the mark ended, and your opponent got a turn.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

That sounds like fun. We never had our vehicles move, since the motion would always confuse things too much. Now I wish I'd played some road rally games back in the day. I think I need to have some friends over and have a "Remember When" party and do all the stuff from grade school.

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

I used to make one every time we ran out of paper towels and Kleenex, it didn't sound to good though. I think it drove my mother insane.

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

Mine never sounded very good either...

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

Yes, I rather play my trumpet though. I sounds more pretty especially when you get high up in the range.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

I'd rather play my shofar, it sounds more manly.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 13 years ago

I like to play my radio. It is most professional.

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

What kind of satisfaction do u get from listening to a radio?

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Brennn10
Brennn10

Reply 13 years ago

I get satisfaction from the song I CANT GET NOOO S-A-T-I-S-F-A-C-T-I-O-N, on my local Rock station.

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

Do u actually own one? It may sound more manly but it would be difficult to change pitches and make music. Anyways a Didgeridoo is much better.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

It's not that difficult..just blowing a bit differently.

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

Does it sound as pretty?

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

No i mean pretty and southing.

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

But a trumpet can also sound very manly, I guess the trumpet is much more flexible then a shofar.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

13 years ago

I know this is late, but if you're still sitting them, I know they will like these.honey sticks

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

Ooh yum!

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its a lion
its a lion

13 years ago

so ummm how did the babysitting go?

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

Pretty well except the youngest threatened to call the cops and then a cop showed up (not because she threatened to call them) He showed up because of some insurance thingy

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

1. Why did he threaten to call the cops? 2. What insurance thingy brought the cops around?

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

She. Because she said her brother was being mean I have no idea

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

I guess you mean to do with the little blighters? As siblings, they'll be competative, so try any of the various paper plane Instructables (such as my own UFO) and have a competition (range, accuracy etc).

Or try the several origami models (again, I did an easy one)

Actually, I have several kid-friendly Instructables - have a look.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

You arrive at your sitting job with huge boxes... what are you planning? ...just a quick lesson in medeivel seige warfare...

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

If I got a babysitter and they brought large cardboard boxes without telling me what they would do, I would not let them inside my house.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

And if they brought duct tape as well ... !

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acer73
acer73

Reply 13 years ago

tape of there wrists and ship them to australia, unfortunately you left the utility knife in the box and they cut their way out.

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

My big brother once ducktaped me to a chair, taped a sock in my mouth, taped my hands and feet up and left me in the bathroom

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

That's terrible, no one should be treated that way. I was the eldest brother in my family and I never did anything so heinous as that.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Hello, something just blipped on my pork pie scanner...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I mean, I have heard of the "pork pie is a lie" Cockney line, but I am lost as to what you mean. I was a very quiet person, and didn't "beat up my younger siblings" or anything.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Sorry, I thought it was meant to be humour of opposites - I could picture you whistling innocently with your fingers crossed behind your back.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Oh, ok I understand now. No, I was a very quiet Big brother to be honest. More protective than anything of my younger brothers and sister. I wasn't perfect, but I can just imagine the thrashing I would have received had I done something like Sunbanks described.

My bad, I am not always very obvious when I am joshing and when I am not. :-)

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

He he it was fun though

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

oh ok, this was not a forced situation then ? My mistake.....forget that I opened my mouth and then inserted my foot in :-)

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

It probably sounded forced though

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I'm sorry, I think that one went right over my head.

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 13 years ago

I almost fell in the toilet