We know... you love your kids but they can be a handful sometimes at the laundromat! This is because kids get bored, and then irritable, and this can make getting your family’s laundry done more difficult. Not to fear – Sudsy Water put together a few laundry activities that will keep you kids occupied and out of trouble :)
1. MAKE SOCK PUPPETS
We all lose socks when doing laundry. Who knows where they go! It's one of life's little mysteries isn't it! LOL :-) When one sock in a pair gets lost, it leaves behind a lonely partner. Why not re-purpose these lonely socks and have the kids make sock puppets! Sock puppets are so much fun for kids, they'll easily pass the time at the laundromat and be home before they realize it. You can bring along permanent markers so the kids can draw on silly eyes, teeth, mustaches, freckles, hair, and ears... and maybe a wart or two! You can show them how to make the sock puppets talk with interesting voices and encourage them to put on little skits. Let their imaginations shine through!
2. MAKE ACCORDION STYLE FANS
Laundromats can sometimes get a little warm when a bunch of dryers are going, especially during the summer! To combat this, give the kids an important job to do by having them make custom fans for everyone. Here's a tutorial on how to make a simple accordion style hand fan out of paper. The key to making a "cool" (pun intended) paper fan is to either let the kids draw their own images on white paper before they fold it accordion style or use interesting pre-printed paper to start with. You can also bring some clothes pins or fancy ribbon to tie off the bottom. Be sure to bring along some extra paper and ribbons so your kids can share with other kids at the laundromat. This is a great way for them to make some new friends and develop their social skills!
3. THE ANIMAL GAME
Kids love animals! Have the kids take turns pretending to be a different animal and let the other kids (and maybe you) guess what animal they are pretending to be! You can combine this activity with having them look through magazines and books with animals! Your local library is probably full of animal books! The best part is that this activity will be so much fun for the kids, they won't even realize it's also educational!
4. TWENTY QUESTIONS
This is a classic car game but it works just as well at the laundromat. Plus, it plays into a kid's natural curiosity and love for asking questions! Have one kid think of a person, place, or thing and state which option it is. Then let the other kids (and perhaps you) try to guess what it is by asking up to twenty questions that can be answered with a "yes" or a "no." The first person to guess right wins. If no one guesses right after twenty questions, the kid who thought of the person, place, or thing wins!
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