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I am living outside of Zurich and am planning to help out a friend by taking care of her seven year old daughter for a full day the first week in March. Before I help my friend out, I need someone to help me out! I am an older person and while I can get around walking for an hour or two, I have some struggles with mobility. And . . . VIRUS! I am stumped as to what I can do that will be possible, safe, fun and keep the little one occupied. Is the best I can do to plan a series cooking and art projects at home and hope the time doesn't drag too much?

Thank you for any inspiration you can send my way.
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Re: Child Entertainment Help

I suggest coloring books and crayons (it's been my experience that little girls often enjoy doing that -- my son does as well). You could bake cut-out cookies and decorate them. (I have a good recipe for those if you need one).

Also, maybe have her bring along some of her favorite games. Puzzles are also a good way to pass the time.

If there is a primary school near you with a library, they often have a nice, large selection of games and puzzles that I believe anyone in the community is allowed to borrow.
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Re: Child Entertainment Help

If you can manage to grab her attention with a topic that interests her, you could tell her stories about your own life, and connect them to that topic.

Since the day you'll be spending with the girl is not for some weeks yet, you could write her a pretty letter, in an envelope, and post it to her. You could mention one or two activities that you have in mind (without giving away your full list of smart ideas). Ask her what she thinks she might like to do. Say in the letter that you can't promise to say "yes", but you would like to read her ideas. Include a stamped, addressed envelope and ask her to write back to you, or to draw pictures of things that she likes to do. Depending on her background, she may be able to read your letter, or may need help from an adult. Just in case she can do it herself, take care to make your handwriting really clear.

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Re: Child Entertainment Help

Make sure to check again a few days before the day because things change quickly at the moment.

Right now museums etc are closed. Libraries are open. The Pestalozzi library has many books and DVDs in English if she does not understand German. A tram ride is possible also the Seilbahn Rigiblick or Polybahn rides. The zoo is closed. So best to plan for activities inside your home maybe with a walk depending on the weather
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Re: Child Entertainment Help

Some good ideas above, and with your mobility - is the issue steps/steep paths, or being on your feet for a long time?

If you're able to be on your feet for a long time, then the Planet Walk can be a fun, informational hike for a girl in her age range. It's basically a scale model of our Solar System along a 6km walking track from Uetliberg (accessible by train from Zurich HB) to Felsenegg (at the top of a cable car down to Adliswil, from which you can get a train back to the HB).
They have scale models of the Sun and each planet (and our Moon) at the appropriate scaled distances from each other.
There are a few places where you could sit to have a little picnic along the way, if the weather's nice, to break up the walk. If the weather's unpleasant, or it's been raining for a few days before, best to try something else - most of the track is dirt, so it can turn to mud easily if there's been a bit of rain over the previous few days.

Of course, Uetliberg itself could be a good destination - it overlooks Zurich and the lake, with a nice lookout tower on top (although the stairs to the top of this are challenging - and you get a lovely view just from ground level).
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Re: Child Entertainment Help

Hello Eshy, it is very nice of you to want to help out. I have it on the best authority that a 7yr old girl will love the hand craft entertainment: crochet, knitting, sewing, macrame, anything. Arts and crafts. You do not have to take out a child, you can bake with her, or draw, water colors, etc. Process art is also awesome. Then in the afternoon I'd do this: https://uxdesign.cc/design-thinking-...s-52b5c7351ba4

Now, let me just make sure that you know that having a child at home isn't exactly "social distancing" and that I hope that you are not putting yourself in too much risk.
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Re: Child Entertainment Help

You could also try to arrange a playdate with one of her friends. That way you can do some of the excellent activities suggested, but also know that they are likely to also occupy themselves for part of the time.


Also, if it gets 'too much' there is no shame in putting her in front of the tv for a little bit. (I know, I know, I'll probably get killed for this comment, but you have to 'pick your battles')
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You could also try to arrange a playdate with one of her friends. That way you can do some of the excellent activities suggested, but also know that they are likely to also occupy themselves for part of the time.


Also, if it gets 'too much' there is no shame in putting her in front of the tv for a little bit. (I know, I know, I'll probably get killed for this comment, but you have to 'pick your battles')
Yes. Especially something that a grown up can watch too

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