Babysitter In A Bag

Babysitter In A Bag

  Everything you need to surprise your kiddos with a whole night of serious FUN! (So you can finally enjoy date night!)

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Sometimes the hardest part about making date night work is leaving the kids with a babysitter.  Am I right?  As soon as the sitter arrives, your little one starts crying and clinging to your legs.   You finally manage to peel him/her off and head out the door.  But instead of being excited for a night out with your hubby, you’re still worried about your baby and wondering how long he’s gonna cry.  Sound familiar at all?  Well, you are going to LOVE us after this post because…

Today we’re gonna share a way to make the whole babysitter experience SOOOOO MUCH MORE FUN! 

 Introducing… Babysitter In A Bag! 

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Yep, tucked inside this little bag is the solution to all of your babysitter woes. 

 Wanna know what’s inside?!

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EVERYTHING your babysitter will need to surprise your little kiddos with a WHOLE night of serious FUN!  It’s pretty much a party in there.   I can almost guarantee that those tears will turn to giggles in no time at all!  {And YES- we are totally hooking you up with all of the darling, free printables you’ll need to pull it off.  You love us, huh?}

To Make Your Own “Babysitter In A Bag,” You’ll Need…

  • A Bag
  • Bubbles
  • Animal Crackers
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Alphabet Stickers
  • Playdough
  • Crayons
  • Balloons
  • FREE coloring pages
  • Our FREE “Babysitter In A Bag” Printables  (download below)

With little kids at home, chances are you already have most of those things lying around the house.  And if you don’t, you can find them all at the dollar store- SCORE!

Here’s How It Works…

The morning of your date, pull this baby out and set it out somewhere the kids can see it.  But DON’T let them touch it, look inside, or play with it.  When they ask what it’s for- let them know it’s a BIG SURPRISE, but they can’t open it until the babysitter comes tonight.  With the anticipation building all day long (and with any luck) they’ll be begging you to leave.

Once date time finally arrives, give the babysitter the bag along with the printable instructions.  That’s it!  The instructions explain it all, and everything they’ll need will be inside the bag.

Here Are The Details…

We are SOOO excited to introduce you to a brand new website.  If you have little kids (or grandkids) you are seriously gonna LOVE it!

 It’s called SingAStory.com and it is brilliant!

 They write sing-along storybooks for kids with catchy music and playful illustrations.  And every month they put up a new one.  You can watch and listen to all of their stories/songs online for FREE or you can purchase a paperback copy for your home library.  All three of my little girls are IN LOVE with these stories!  My 3-year old is constantly bringing me my phone so I can play a song for her to dance along to.  My 6-year old loves reading and singing along with the words on the screen.  And on our recent cross-country road-trip, that “Little Monkey” song literally saved me by appeasing my screaming little 18-month old.  Basically, it’s a mom’s best friend!  ;) 

And here’s the BEST part of it all…

We teamed up with Sing A Story to fill your “Babysitter In A Bag” with all sorts of  GOODIES!

We knew we could count on Sing A Story to deliver imagination, education, and just plain FUN!  First up….

The Babysitter’s Instructions

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As soon as you’re out the door, the Babysitter’s Instructions will tell them to…

1.  First, go to www.SingAStory.com and listen to “My Babysitter”

Yep, Sing A Story wrote a brand new song to go along with our “Babysitter In A Bag” JUST for The Dating Divas’ readers!  How cool is THAT?  Not only will it help comfort any sadness and crying that may occur when you leave, but it will also explain all of the FUN that they are in store for tonight.  Each verse of the song shows different activities that your kiddos can discover in their “Babysitter In A Bag.”  You’ve gotta check out this cute song…

2.  Then, set out the Activity Cards and let the kids take turns choosing one.

{Included in our free download of printables are these activity cards.  You’ll find 2 pages with the fronts of the cards along with 2 pages with the backs of the cards.  You’ll want to cut these out and glue them back-to-back before putting the cards into the bag.}

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3.  Listen to the song on the card and then do the activity! 

Each card has a different song they can listen to AND an activity to go along with it.  This is where your bubbles, crayons, chalk, and ALL of those fun things come into play.  They’ll get to use a different one for each card.  See… we told you it was a party in there!

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Card 1:  Listen to “The Really Silly Robot” while you dance and blow bubbles”

Card 2:  Listen to “A Zoo in the Clouds” while you eat animal crackers”

Card 3:  Listen to “Raining Colors” then use all the colors of sidewalk chalk to make a rainbow.

Card 4:  Listen to “The Alphabet Song” then use your alphabet stickers to spell something.

Card 5:  Listen to “The Bumble Dragon” and make your own Bumble Dragon out of playdough.

Card 6:  Listen to “Paulie the Pirate” while you color a coloring page.

Card 7:  Listen to “A Rock in the Park” while you try to keep the balloons off the ground.

Card 8:  Listen to “Little Monkey” then play Hide-N-Seek.

How fun is that?!

 It’s sure to keep them smiling all night long.  (Oh, and this isn’t just for babysitters.  It always works perfectly for a fun at-home mommy date or a memorable playdate with grandma!)

 Get your amazing printables below!

BONUS FUN!

Looking for even MORE FUN?!  Sing A Story also has FREE Coloring Pages with all of their story characters.

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 Print off a couple pages to stick in your “Babysitter In A Bag” {and maybe a few extras to have on hand in the diaper bag.}

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AND as if that’s not enough –  Sing A Story also has FREE Playdough Mats!

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Simply print out the Playdough Mats and cover page, laminate each sheet, and keep them together with metal rings.   Pair it with homemade or store-bought playdough for hours of fun!

GIFT IDEA

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Don’t you think?  Who wouldn’t LOVE to receive a “Date In A Bag” for a night of romance with their honey paired with a “Babysitter In A Bag” to keep the kids entertained while they’re gone?!   And you’re in luck, we included the coordinating “Date In A Bag” printable in your download- along with matching gift tags to tie onto the handles.  You’re SO welcome!   (Oh, and if you need ideas of what to put inside your “Date In A Bag”, never you fear, we Divas ALWAYS have you covered when it comes to dates.  Check out Corie’s Date Night in a Bag for lots of ideas!)

Phew!  It doesn’t get much better than that!

 

About the Author: Becca

Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. With three (seriously adorable) little girls at home, my life is giggly, frilly, glittery, and very, very pink!

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100 Responses to Babysitter In A Bag

  1. BECCA!!! I love this post!! What a great idea for a “couple’s gift” – my brother & sis-in-law would love this for their 3 little kidlets. What a fun, fun post!

  2. With lots of little ones, we love all of the Sing a Story characters around here! Constant favorites though are The Really Silly Robot for the fun dancing, Tyler Rexton for the rock in’ love story, Lucky Little Monkey for his cheerful optimism, and The Bumble Dragon for imaginative play!!

  3. Do you offer the matching printable for Date Night in a Bag? All I see is the Love on the Run bag…. Would LOVE to make the matchy set to give as a gift…..

  4. my son LOVES to sing and these are so perfect for him- i would love to win this package for him. he’d flip! especially because there’s a “NIGH-NO-SOAH”!

  5. Ok I absolutely love this giveaway! I nanny a one year old boy everyday and he LOVES to read. He will sit by himself with a pile of books and will entertain himself for hours. It is so fun to watch him explore the books and tell his own story in his own way. He would love these books and the cd to listen in the car while we are out running errands! So Fun!!

  6. All of the characters are fun, but I think my 2 year old son will like the really silly robot because he loves to dance and delights whenever we get out the bubbles!

    This came at a perfect time because we just reinstituted a weekly date night!

  7. My three year old would LOVE this!!! He would get a real kick out of the silly robot! What a great idea, I always wonder what the heck the babysitter is going to do with my child haha 🙂

  8. OMGosh! What cute characters and what a FUN idea!!! I think I might even use some of the activities myself or/and give to my in laws (as they are usually the “babysitters”). I love the cute monkey but I think the dinosaur band members are my favorite. My two boys love to play the air guitar and bang on things like drums and dance around and sing. I think they’d love to be a part of the rock band!

  9. We L.O.V.E. singastory.com. we watch all of the songs everyday. My 17 month old dances whenever she hears the music start and my 11, 10, & 8 year olds love them too. Catchy and fun!

  10. This is such a cool idea. I’m pregnant now with my first baby and I think toddlers can be really hard to entertain, especially if you’re not used to being around them. This is also good for parents who want to entertain their own kids.

  11. brilliant idea!……bought all my items, got downloads but now unable to get on to singastory website? any help with is would be appreciated was getting this ready for a Christmas gift. x

    1. Lorna, it looks like the SingAStory website server was down for a little while, but it’s back up and running now! 🙂 Hope they LOVE that darling Christmas gift!

  12. Hallo!

    I love the idea of playdough activities.
    We don’t do much with playdough in Belgium. So I am absolutely in love!
    But I have a little problem. I can’t find the printables of playdough activities? I think the link is not working?

    Thx,
    Stefanie

    1. Stefanie, it looks like their site was down but it’s back up now and the link should be working. Let me know if you have any other problems. 🙂

  13. I love this and my son loves all of the activities too. I know they have added a few more songs, would you be able to add printables and activities for the additional songs?? Thanks

    1. Cate- that’s a good idea! We just might have to create a Babysitter in a Bag- part 2 with the new songs. We’ll add it to our list of ideas for the future. So glad your son has been enjoying the activities. 🙂

  14. When I click in the song links I am redirected to somewhere totally different that seems to be affiliated with Amazon. Is sing a story still in business?

    1. Hmmmm…. Yes, SingAStory is still in business- it looks like their site is currently down though. I’ll check in with them, but I’d try again in a couple of days and those links should be working again.

  15. I would love to print the bag label that says “Date night in a bag” but the link takes me to a bag that says love on the run. Is that label available? Thanks so much! I love the whole idea!

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