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We have four kids and they are all two years apart: 8, 6, 4, 2. This means that when our 8 year old has football practice, his little brother’s and his little sister does not want to sit and watch it for two hours.
I can tell you that after two hours, you would see this…
“I’m so out of here!”
“Mom? Please can we go home?”
Or this one…
“I am SO bored right now… and sleepy. Getting very sleepy.”
While I do think that it is really important for them to learn how to sit still long enough to watch part of the game or practice, I think that asking them to sit there for two hours is just about impossible.
I try to provide them with other activities during their big brother’s practice time.
First things first, make sure that you take the essentials: Snacks & a drink! I give it five minutes into the practice before our kids ask for a snack and their drink. I love Horizon Organic snacks. I usually just throw a whole box into my sport’s bag for the kids. Our kids love their Graham crackers because they are yummy and I love them because they are organic & so much healthier than most of the snacks on the shelves.
Next, I always try to take something fun for the kids to do. I might take a ball for the little kids to throw around, or a coloring book or crayons.
My latest idea (and one that our kids love) is this scavenger hunt that I have made them. I just came up with things that I would have at any sports game or practice. Just give them a crayon or pencil and let them go to town!
You can print off this Scavenger Hunt by clicking HERE.
I hope that your kids love this as much as mine do!