Of course, the first topic -- How to Entertain a Child -- freaked me out. I mean. . . talk about broad! Besides, it's been a while since I've had to entertain a child.
But then. . . I got to thinking back. . . to all those days. . . waiting and sitting. At restaurants. In doctor's offices. On long car rides. At church. At a sibling's piano lesson. THOSE days. And then. . . it all came flooding back.
So here's my maiden Ten on Tuesday voyage: How to Entertain a Child.
- Stories -- either read from books or told from memory or imagination
- Tasty Snacks in Small Containers (fish crackers, animal crackers, M&Ms, raisins, etc.)
- "Emergency Packs" of small toys - stowed in purse or glove compartment and pulled out when you need a quick diversion
- Crayons and coloring books
- Self-contained and small-in-size toys (like Etch-a-Sketch or magnet mazes or Grid-Lock)
- Paper games -- like Hangman, Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect-the-Dots
- A quick and rousing game of Paper-Rock-Scissors
- Or I-Spy
- Or some variation of an Alphabet Game
- Silly anything -- faces, songs, rhymes