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Old 01-24-2014, 01:11 PM   #1
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In line Boredom Busters-unplugged!

I know I can hand my kids phones to play on while waiting in line, and I do that, but I also remember taking my older DS before cell phones. So what are your ideas for keeping kids (and adults) entertained and unplugged while waiting in line.

A few I remember are:

A-Z game. In my disney bag I packed A-autographbook, B-breakfast bar, C-crayons, etc
States and capitals this was also a great way to meet and interact with other guests, especially if you can't remember their state's capital.
Hidden Mickeys always good
who can stand on one foot the longest this game has gone on and on, especial good if feet are tired,
trivia questions- you either need to know the trivia or you can used a phone, which makes at least on person plugged in but it is still interactive

what others can you think of?
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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The one and only thing that works for my kids is food. They couldn't last three minutes in a queue without something to stuff their faces with.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:35 PM   #3
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Some things that we have done:

* Drawing or coloring books (also used the paper to play hang man)
* Puzzle books (crossword, word circle, sudoko, etc)
* Eye Spy (include variations in which you are looking for something and the first person to spot it wins, like red sneakers or a purple hat)
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:39 PM   #4
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A deck of Top Trumps cards - definitely a favourite!!
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:07 PM   #5
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We always take string for string games and a mini set of barrel full of monkeys.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:11 PM   #6
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I know I can hand my kids phones to play on while waiting in line, and I do that, but I also remember taking my older DS before cell phones. So what are your ideas for keeping kids (and adults) entertained and unplugged while waiting in line. A few I remember are: A-Z game. In my disney bag I packed A-autographbook, B-breakfast bar, C-crayons, etc States and capitals this was also a great way to meet and interact with other guests, especially if you can't remember their state's capital. Hidden Mickeys always good who can stand on one foot the longest this game has gone on and on, especial good if feet are tired, trivia questions- you either need to know the trivia or you can used a phone, which makes at least on person plugged in but it is still interactive what others can you think of?
Two things; coloring books and crayons.

Seriously- best idea ever. I have a new one planned for February as I wait for Anna and Elsa.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:17 PM   #7
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We play Simon Says and almost always end up including kids around us.

Another game is "I Love My Love" and you can do a Disney version.... Going through the alphabet you say "I love my love with an A because she is so awesome, her name is Ariel and we went to Adventureland to buy some Apples.

We also do Disney 20 questions.
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I wish I remembered more of the hand-clapping games we used to do as kids. I think my eldest daughter has the coordination and patience to learn these now!
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:35 PM   #9
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We also did rock,paper,scissors for who gets to choose the next ride.

Thumb Wars were also popular with my two.

Everyone else has touched on other things - coloring book, crayons, small toy that we usually bought at Disney, Eye spy.
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String games

Remember string games like cats whiskers? Jacobs Ladder? Witchs broom?

A piece of string travels well.
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http://www.kidspot.com.au/kids-activ...kids+11984.htm
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:01 PM   #11
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I yo-yo in line, but that could be dangerous for kids in a crowded place.
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I've brought reading books with me into the parks to read in line. I also jotted down notes in line to help me with my TRs (if you are into that sort of thing). I've also played the game where you try and keep a conversation going using ONLY song lyrics. That was really fun!
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:13 PM   #13
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What about good, old fashioned standing there, chatting with each other? Do we really need entertainment sources for 20 or 30 minutes while waiting for entertainment?!?
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What about good, old fashioned standing there, chatting with each other? Do we really need entertainment sources for 20 or 30 minutes while waiting for entertainment?!?
Not all lines are 20 and 30 minutes I'm willing to wait in 70+ minute line and do so often. I like to take in the scenery around me while waiting, and I don't mind chatting with the members of my party, but it gets boring sometimes.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:22 AM   #15
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What about good, old fashioned standing there, chatting with each other? Do we really need entertainment sources for 20 or 30 minutes while waiting for entertainment?!?
Not always, but obviously, by the replies, some do.

BTW, one of my favorite lines to my kids is to think the thoughts in your head that's where great ideas come from, then I list the some great innovators, and Walt is always on the list.

But these "games" are also important. The boost creativity, socialization skills and problem solving--- all while having fun. Maybe you should consider trying some the next time you're chatting.

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