July 19, 2011

100 Fun Activities To Do With Your Children

CHICAGO, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- What do Phenomenal Finger Puppets, Read & Run, Delectable Edible Play Dough, Bubble Print Pop Art, and Math Hunt Mania have in common? They are a few of the 100 activities featured in Sittercity's Compendium of Extraordinary Knowledge.

For a decade, Sittercity babysitters and nannies have been going to extraordinary lengths to engage, enrich and educate their charges in fun and creative ways -- from transforming everyday household objects into cool rainy day projects to finding imaginative ways to get the most finicky little ones to eat their vegetables. Sittercity has compiled these ideas to create the Compendium of Extraordinary Knowledge (compendium.sittercity.com) providing parents and childcare providers a place to find a wealth of activities that are not only fun and creative, but they can actually help little ones developmentally and educationally. Sittercity consulted with renowned child and teen development expert, Dr. Robyn Silverman, to categorize these activities by age (infant, toddler, pre-school and school age), as well as developmental categories (physical, educational, social and nutritional). Activities can also be searched by season (winter, spring/rainy, summer and fall).

"To coin the phrase 'Out of the mouths of babes...' or in this case babysitters... came the most creative ideas to not only keep kids occupied throughout the day, but to help them develop the skills they need to grow as well-rounded individuals," said Dr. Robyn Silverman.

Sittercity has connected hundreds of thousands of parents to local, quality babysitters and nannies since it started in 2001. It has close to two million experienced sitters and nannies nationwide, all with detailed profiles including photos, references, background checks and parent reviews. To find the right fit, parents can either conduct a search or post a job to receive applications from qualified sitters and nannies in their neighborhood.

About Sittercity®

Sittercity, founded in 2001, is America's largest and most trusted online solution for connecting families with high-quality, local caregivers, including babysitters, nannies, tutors, elder care providers, pet sitters, and housekeepers. With over 2 million members nationwide, Sittercity connects families with pre-screened caregivers by providing detailed profiles with photos, parent reviews, background checks, up-to-date availability, references and caregiving experience. In fact, every 30 seconds Sittercity connects a family with the local caregiver that meets its unique needs. As the Department of Defense's solution of choice, military families in all four branches (Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force) have access to Sittercity funded through an exclusive Department of Defense contract. Many other leading employers provide Sittercity's Corporate Program as an employee benefit including UnitedHealth Group, MasterCard, Northwestern University, Avon and Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

SOURCE Sittercity.com