I'm looking for some kind of activity that will keep a group of roughly 15 kids, ages 3 to 12, entertained and interacting. I'm helping to provide child care for a monthly 'parent's night' at my church. Basically, the parents can drop their kids off, and we'll take care of the kids for 4 or 5 hours, freeing the adults to go out and have dinner, see a movie, have an adult conversation, etc. The problem is in the wide range of ages and the restrictions the parents have put on us ...
Out of 15 kids, 12 are in the 3-7 year old range, roughly, and 3 are 9-12. The older kids are boys and all but one of the younger ones is a girl. This last week, the younger kids happily busied themselves with a fashion show, while the older kids sat around bored out of their fucking minds. Which, of course, also meant that they ended up disruptive, wrestling around, etc.
We thought about putting on a movie for them, but the parents have vetoed movies, computers, electronic devices, etc. Apparently some not-insignificant potion of them are Waldorf parents
, which I think
also excludes recorded music. Instead, as one of the moms expressed to me, they want the kids to interact and play together.
I'm down with that, I guess ... but this takes place at night, so no playing outside, and it's in a pre-school classroom, so all of our material resources are based around giving little kids blocks and fingerpaints, rather than giving any of the older kids anything on their level.
I've considered bringing in some card games or board games, but even that couldn't really involve the younger kids, and 'group play' seems to be what the parents have decided they want.
Gimmie a hand here folks.