Waiting in line – FUN Activities for KIDS
Sometimes the hardest part of keeping kids happy and occupied when you travel is when you are waiting…in line, for the bus, and for the food to arrive! Be prepared for ANYTHING when you travel with the kids especially waiting in line. You can even use these at home – Waiting in the Dr’s office is the pits and these fun activities can be used there, too.
Waiting in line – FUN Activities for KIDS
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The Educational Tourist has multiple articles on activities to keep the kids busy. Why so many? Because every parent knows – you can never be too prepared with the kids! Have LOTS of ideas in your bag of tricks to make the journey and waiting a painless part of your family adventure! Here are some fun things to do while waiting in line with kids.
Waiting in line – FUN Activities for KIDS – Clapping games!
Kids love these clapping games and they pass the time happily while waiting in line. If your memory is fuzzy on the how-to and the lyrics click here for a refresher. Thanks to The Inspired Treehouse for the wonderful directions and lyrics!
These clapping games aren’t just for fun. The ladies at The Inspired Treehouse are therapists and say that clapping games are excellent for practicing and strengthening skills like
“Bilateral coordination, memory and cognitive skills, and cooperative play are all packed into these fun songs and games”
Learn even more clapping games to take on the road from this book Clapping Games: Whole Brain Workouts for Lively Children by Jenny Mosley.
How can you go wrong with lyrics like these from Fun Clapping? Gotta love it.
Eenie Meanie Sassaleeny,
Opps ah tumbalini,
Achi cachi Liberace, I love you, Take a peach,
Take a plum, Take a stick of
bubble gum, No peach
No stick of bubble gum
Saw you with your boyfriend
How’d you know? I was peaking through the
Didn’t do the dishes
Stole a box of candy
Jumped out the window
Dog on crazy!! That’s why they call me…
Eenie Meanie Sassaleeny,
Opps ah tumbalini,
Achi cachi Liberace,
I love you!
Waiting in line – FUN Activities for KIDS – Brain fun
You can help your child develop a strong sense of humor. Like anything else…we develop a strong sense of humor through practice. It is a MYTH that children inherit a sense of humor. Instead, if a child has a family that exercises humor often, that child has lots of opportunities to observe humor and practice humor. Telling jokes are fun things to do while waiting in line.
Humor is really important. According to “5 Simple Ways to Enhance Your Sense of Humor” by B. Speckton in regards to humor,
“Having a good sense of humor reduces stress, helps you cope with pain, creates empathy in social situations, and can even improve your odds of finding a mate.”
Knock Knock Jokes are the favorite jokes of kids ages 5-6.
According to an article in Scholastic “Ages & Stages: Don’t Forget to Laugh! The Importance of Humor”
“The ability to play “knock, knock” jokes, for example, shows a child is learning the rules of conversation and is able to follow and use a sequential linguistic pattern. At this stage, children’s vocabularies have developed to the level where they can play with replacing words in a sentence or pattern to see (and hear!) the absurdity of it all. Calling something by the wrong name is a favorite “funny” at this stage and will get the entire class giggling.”
According to the Center for Early Education and Development from the University of Minnesota “Humor is No Laughing Matter” by Kathy Holb, (612-625-2898) Humor impacts learning…
“1. Humor is a form of play and is a natural medium through which young children can expand their understanding of the world.
2. Humor is highly pleasurable and is associated with cognitive mastery.
3. Humor provides children with problems to solve. In a joke, riddle, funny story, or cartoon, children must resolve incongruity in order to establish the joke.
4. Humor promotes divergent thinking, a characteristic of creativity; in order to establish a joking relationship, the child must discover or create unique associations among ideas.
5. Humor provides the child with an opportunity to learn rules. Humor has a basic structure that children discover when “playing jokes” on others (humor based on the element of surprise) or telling riddles (a punch line logically related to the body of the joke).”
“Studies show that laughter lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, and strengthens the immune system.”
Waiting in line – FUN Activities for KIDS – – Tongue Twisters
Tongue twisters are so much fun! Do you remember any from your youth? Maybe “She sells seashells by the seashore.” or “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.”? Tongue twisters are fun things to do while waiting in line with the kids.
Yes, even tongue twisters are educational! Who knew? Tongue Twisters are a great way to improve pronunciation and fluency. People who speak for a living like actors and politicians often use tongue twisters to perfect their speech. Like anything else, you improve your speech with practice. Those muscles to make certain sounds need strengthening and your mouth, tongue, and lips all need to work together perfectly to make sounds clearly. Give your child that practice and have fun doing it with tongue twisters!! It is also a great way to practice the sounds you need for a second language.
Here are some fun ones, that are new to me!
Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses
You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York
If you have a child that needs speech help at school, practice a tongue twisters using the letter that are trying to master. R is often a tricky letter to master.
Roger’s Rowdy Ropers Ride Rolling Rattlesnakes
How about practicing the ‘er’ at the end of sentences with this entire tongue twister poem!
Betty Botter’s Better Batter
Betty Botter had some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
It would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter,
That would make my batter better.
“So she bought a bit of butter —
Better than her bitter butter —
And she baked it in her batter;
And the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.
Waiting in line – FUN Activities for KIDS – Mad Libs
Mad Libs have been around forever and are a scream. Kids LOVE them and so do teachers. I taught language arts for 15 years and loved using them when we had a few minutes. The kids have to fill in the blanks with words according to their parts of speech. The blank will say ‘noun’ or ‘pronoun’ for example. An easy way to practice those parts of speech skills!
Mad Libs are also funny. Kids especially enjoy using words to indicate smells, noises, and their best friend. A study by Catherine Lyon “Humor and the young child: A review of the research literature”
‘Humor can be viewed as a component of social competence, and maintains that it plays a strong role in the facilitation of social interaction, the development of friendships and popularity….development of heightened early humor helps to optimize children’s social development.’ McGhee, P. E. (1988). Introduction: recent developments in humor research. In: Journal of Children in a Contemporary Society, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 1-12.
Who doesn’t want their children to have great friendships and popularity and great social development????
Waiting in line – FUN Activities for KIDS – Directed drawing
This fun and FREE Directed Drawing activity is from Babbling Abby through Teachers Pay Teachers. What is directed drawing? Quite simply it uses letters (great practice for that!) or simple marks and directions to help your child create a wonderful drawing. For extra credit for you, wonderful parent, have kiddo write or tell a story about that drawing!
Click on the links to get directed drawing FREE downloads to keep your kids busy and happy while they wait!!
Directed drawing helps kids practice listening skills and fine motor skills which will be used for writing. AND direct drawing is just plain fun!! The directed drawing also helps kids practice the all-time important skill of ‘following directions’. Future employers will thank you!
Technical Assistance and Training System, a statewide educational group in Florida, agrees following directions help kids succeed!
“The ability to remember and follow directions is a developmental skill that helps children successfully function in an educational setting.”
If your kids really love drawing, you’ll love these books which are themed for your child’s latest love! Take them with you in your ‘for restaurants only’ bag of tricks!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist