March 29 is Smoke and Mirrors Day. That made me think of magic tricks and how much fun it is to play them on my kids. It’s also good to have some up your sleeve for times when you have an unexpected wait; you can distract the kids and make the wait time go much faster.
Here’s some easy sleight of hand tricks that don’t need special equipment and could be done just about anywhere.
All you need is a penny or small coin for this old, but good one. Make a coin disappear:
I think this one is clever yet so simple. He uses pencils, but mentions that you could use French fries or some other small objects. Crazy pencil trick:
This one might need a little practice with a rubber band, but looks like fun. Rubber band through thumb:
I’ve found that it’s fun to awe my kids with what I can do, then after they beg a little bit I show them how to do it. Then they spend a while practicing it themselves. And that’s one of the ways I distract my children or nieces & nephews when we have to wait for something and there’s nothing fun to do.
How about you? Any tricks to distract kids? Any magic tricks you like to do?