These 5 Waiting Games Really Help You Pass the Time

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When you’ve got kids, nothing can seem more intimidating then realizing that you’re going to have to keep them entertained while you wait for something. Whether it’s the long line at the DMV, listening for your number at the clinic, or a meeting at the bank, anytime you have to keep your kids quiet and happy in public can be hard. Next time you find yourself waiting, consider trying out one of these waiting games! They can help you pass the time in a peaceful way that turns waiting time into quality time bonding with your kiddo. 

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Riddle Ree Riddle, Riddle, Riddle Ree, I see something you don’t see and it’s …

The goal of Riddle Ree is for your child to identify whatever object you’ve spotted. Depending on your child’s age you can spot an object (I see a red house!). Or describe something for your child to look for (Something that’s red and square!). Take turns spotting objects and guessing.

Site word spotter

If your child has reached a point where they recognize site words, play I Spy by identify site words wherever you are and let your child look for them. If your kiddo isn’t reading yet but is starting to recognize letters, play I Spy with letters.

Picture finisher

One of the best things a parent can have in their bag is a notebook and a pen. For this waiting game, the parent should draw a simple shape and ask their child to “complete the picture.” You’ll be amazed at the creativity of your little artist when you see what they come up with!

Storyteller

For this waiting game, the parent will start a story and challenge the child to complete it. Depending on the child’s age you might pick a story they are familiar with. Or you might make up a totally new one and let them get creative!

Tic-Tac-Toe

A classic game of tic-tac-toe can help your little one go from cranky to calm in less time than it takes to draw an X or an O! 

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Do you have any favorite waiting games? Share in the comments!

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These 5 Waiting Games Really Help You Pass the Time

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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