October 8, 2013

Babysitter In A Bag

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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!)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR BAG PRINTABLES

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR  ACTIVITY CARDS

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

Oh, and with the holidays right around the corner, we were thinking this would also make …

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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!!  Oh wait… IT DOES!  

Because today Sing A Story is giving away a $75 value Prize Package! 

**GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!  WINNER POSTED IN THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET BELOW**

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How would you like to score this fabulous present for your kid?  Wouldn’t it make the PERFECT Christmas gift?  Yep, one lucky reader is going to WIN…

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Isn’t this a FABULOUS prize?  We recently bought “Really Silly Robot” and my oldest daughter LOVES reading along with the book while her little sisters dance along to the video on our Apple TV. They couldn’t love these stories more.

Some of these books are hot off the press!  So hurry and enter using the rafflecopter below…

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For more great babysitter ideas, make sure to check out ALL 3 of our Kid Date Night Envelopes!  Part 1.  Part 2.  Part 3.  (These would be perfect to stick in your Babysitter Bag too!)

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Recent Comments

88 Responses to “Babysitter In A Bag ”

  1. Angela S. says:

    I like the Little Monkey because he reminds me of my children and how most of the time they have a positive attitude in life! :o)

  2. beth clark says:

    the Little monkey

  3. Megan says:

    The monkey is adorable!

  4. Carrie Sheppard says:

    My kids like the color songs.

  5. Emalee says:

    I like the silly robot. my son was drawing robots just like that last night.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I love the Little Monkey and his kite!

  7. Abby Snipes says:

    The silly robot! Who doesn’t like bubbles!

  8. Jenn says:

    looks like so much fun!!

  9. Amy E says:

    The little monkey is super cute. Plus he seems like a positive character for my kids to like.

  10. Alethea says:

    I love this! It is wonderful!

  11. Alethea says:

    How fun! I think my little one will love this!

  12. Jennifer D says:

    Thank you so much for the awesome idea. Love the Little Monkey as well. Describes my two daughters :)

  13. Rayel says:

    I love the Bubble Dragon. I think there might even be a few in our neighborhood.

  14. Abby says:

    I love this, it would be awesome for teachers!

  15. Teralynn says:

    I love this so much!!

  16. Heather Perry says:

    I LOVE the little monkey.. he reminds me of my silly kids!

  17. Tara Tara says:

    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!

  18. Isabelle says:

    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!!

  19. Olivia Hamlin says:

    My boys would love the silly robot! Thanks for putting this all together…what a great idea!!

  20. Polly says:

    We are learning the alphabet; so, we loved that song and its characters.

  21. Jaime P. says:

    This is so cute! I have to go with the monkey! Thanks for the chance!

  22. Meagan says:

    Little Monkey is adorable!

  23. Kat says:

    I love it

  24. bobi says:

    Paulie the Pirate. My kids love pirates!

  25. kristin fisher says:

    I just love this….such a great idea!

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