I love board games so I was especially excited when the babysitting kids wanted to play Monopoly! Even better was that we played it during the youngest’s nap time so the house was quiet.
I was amazed at how well they, a seven year old and two five year olds, played and understood the game. Grant, the oldest, was the banker. Molli and Jenna practiced counting with moving their pieces.
Once the youngest woke up from his nap, each babysitting kid got an baggie (an envelope would work too) to save their money and properties. I wrote which place the babysitting kid was currently one and who’s turn it was on their baggie. Now next time, they can pick up the game right were they left off! Grant was excited about this because he was very serious about finishing a whole game.
Knowing this, the next time I went I put Sorry! in my babysitting bag. They loved it! We played it two times in a row. This board game says for ages six and up. I would agree, kids need to know their numbers and be able to count. This board game was also perfect because it doesn’t involve a lot of skill or thought processing. You randomly draw a card and that controls the certain moves you can make.
Since Sorry! was already in my bag, I took it with me to my other babysitting family’s house. Bunny told me that they own the game but we still played it! I can’t remember if this is normal or because we all fully understood how best to play but our Sorry! game took over an hour to finish.
With the recent success of playing board games, I looked into several others that may work just as well!
Aggravation (my personal favorite!) or Trouble is for ages 6 and up. This game is just based on luck and helps children practice counting! You would not want to play this game with toddlers around as they could get a hold of the marbles and put them in their mouth.
Battleship, a two person game, is for ages 8 and up. This game would be harder to do with children younger than that since you cannot help them by looking at their board. The babysitting kid has to have enough understanding of the game to be able to play.
Yahtzee is also a board game for ages 8 and up. This one may be rather noisy to play during nap time but I think older babysitting kid families would love it! If you have a various age ranges, people could be on teams or in pairs. This would allow the older kids to play while keeping the younger ones included.
Other great games for young babysitting kids: Candyland, Connect Four, and Chutes and Ladders