Letting kids watch videos or television may be easy to do while babysitting, but it can be much more fun and rewarding to come up with a few crafts or activities to keep them occupied. Crafts don't have to be elaborate. Many art projects, such as making homemade lava lamps or crayons, can be done with minimal supplies and effort.
The supplies needed to make lava lamps are empty water bottles, food coloring, cooking oil, antacid tablets and water. First, fill the bottle with oil about two-thirds full. Fill the rest of the bottle up with water, leaving about one inch free at the top. Add a few drops of food coloring, and then wait a bit for the food coloring to tint the water. Break the antacid tablets into small pieces and drop them into the bottle. The solution begins to fizz and the colored water erupts. When the bubbles die down, simply add more tablets to begin the explosion all over again.
To make homemade crayons, grease the cups of a mini muffin pan generously with vegetable oil. Place a bunch of different colored crayon pieces in the cups. Bake the crayon pieces at 250 degrees for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the pieces completely melt. Remove the muffin pan and let it sit to cool completely before removing the "crayon cakes."