How to Play the Waiting Game with Kids

How many times have you sat in waiting room and sat some more with bored kids?

Personally, I don’t care to recall how many times we have had to play the Waiting Game. I will guess you have been there and done that too many times too.

Have you ever sat in a waiting room with wiggling kids with nothing to do?

A friend of mine was going over the products I sell from my business when a light bulb came on in his head- he has an 11 year old boy-

“Malika, can you put together a Waiting Room Packet?”

Well, yes I can. So this post is going to start to share some boredom buster ideas for your sanity, parents…

I don’t have much time to type-o today…so my No Non-cents wisdom will be added in spurts and it will be worth WAIT, I promise.

I Spy With My Little Eye

This waiting game requires no game pieces- only what is in that boring Waiting Room has in it.

You say, “I Spy With my Little Eye…something BLACK.”

How to Play the Waiting Game with Kids
Play I Spy With My Little Eye.

Child guesses what the object is. I spy your black pants!

It’s fun and easy. But, if you are not familiar with the directions click HERE for directions from 45+ Fun Indoor Games for All Ages

Simon Says

When your child must sit still be quiet in a Waiting Room you may as well try to nail a blob of Jello to a tree.

Growing muscles MUST move. But, a Waiting Room is no place to run around and scream. So, we want to tell the kids what exactly they CAN do.

Playing a version of Simon Says combined with the Lamaze exercises you learned can be a life saver. Kids can move muscles in a calm and controlled manner while focusing on something besides waiting and waiting.


Simon says, Flex your arm muscles. ( Use ‘bicep’ with older kids after you have played a few times.)

Simon says Lift up your left knee-

Lift up your right knee-Ha-ha Simon did not say to do that.

How to play the waiting game with your kids. Play Simon says….more ideas in post

Simon says raise you right hand.

If you are not familiar with how to play Simon Says click HERE for directions from 45+ Fun Indoor Games for All Ages

Animal Vegetable or Mineral?

OH MY! I can’t tell you how many times this game save my sisters and my behinds when we Played the Waiting Game…and we did it all to often.

Some preachers kids knew the rules and taught us how to play as we quietly waited for our verbose parents to stop talking and takes us home ( That is another drama.)

The trick is the players will have to quickly learn the difference between an animal a vegetable and a mineral. Yes, a fruit like a banana does qualify as a vegetable…tho; it did not seem correct to me when I was 6.

One person thinks of something. Lets pretend he is thinking of a skunk.

He says, “I’m thinking of something. Is it an animal , vegetable or mineral?’

The players take turns asking one question. ” Is it a vegetable?”

Play the Waiting Game with the Game Animals, Vegetable or Mineral.-see post for more quiet game ideas to play in a waiting room…

NO! not a vegetable.

“Is it a mineral?”

NO. Wrong!

The next player knows that what ever is on the leader’s mind is an animal. “Is it an animal?”

Yes! You get to ask another question.

Is this animal really big?

…and so on until the animal is narrowed down.

Is this animal brown?

Does this animal live in the woods?

Is it a skunk?

Ah you guessed it! A SKUNK! Pe- ew!

How to play the Waiting Game. Is a skunk a Animal Vegetable or Mineral?

Most Waiting rooms do not have skunks there, but, at the time I just happened to have skunk tails for sale in my now retired eCommerce store, so I picked Skunk as an example.

……to be continued….

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I enjoyed reading another blogger post and you will too: Indoor Fun at Home: No Energy, No Space, No TV, No Problem

Waiting Rooms: A Parents Survival Guide

here are some tips we can use to teach our kids: How to Wait Patiently

Who wants help putting together Waiting Room Activity Bags?

Sneak peak at ideas for Waiting Room Activity Bags Contents….


Stickers like these Unicorn party stickers

Small coloring books not pictured.

Cats and Dogs finger puppets. Small enough to carry in your purse for the kids.

Puppy dog note pads small enough to carry in your purse to those time when the kids must play The Waiting Room Game

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