Caterpillar Pumpkins

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I am not a fan of cutting pumpkins to make jack o’ lanterns. I prefer allowing the kids to use paint and Sharpie markers to decorate their pumpkins for Halloween (see the donut pumpkins we made earlier this Autumn). I saw this idea for making a caterpillar out of mini pumpkins online but I have not been able to find the link again to share with our readers. Here is how my six-year-old Nanny Kid and I made this caterpillar out of pumpkins.

You Will Need:

A small pumpkin
Several flat mini pumpkins or gourds
Tooth picks
Paint or Sharpie Markers

What to Do:

1. Cut off stems from mini pumpkins and wash and dry all pumpkins or gourds.
2. Allow the child to decorate the mini pumpkins with paint or permanent markers.
3. Use paint or permanent markers to decorate the small pumpkin with eyes and a smile.
4. Line up the pumpkins with the mini pumpkins on their sides to see how you would like the finished caterpillar to look like. Use a nail to poke a hole in the small pumpkin (head of caterpillar) and in the mini pumpkin or gourd that you will attach to the small pumpkin. Make the hole in both pumpkins so they will line up with a toothpick.
5. Put a little glue on one side of the toothpick. Insert half of the toothpick into the head of the caterpillar and then put a little glue on the other side of the toothpick and stick the mini pumpkin or gourd onto the other half of the toothpick.
6. Continue using a nail to start a hole in each mini pumpkin or gourd until all mini pumpkins and gourds are lined up to create a caterpillar.

Toilet Paper Tube Halloween Crafts

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Halloween is approaching and no better time to start building the kids’ anticipation than by making easy spooky themed decorations. We just recycled toilet paper tube rolls and decorated them into familiar Halloween creatures. Here is what to do:

You Will Need:

Toilet Paper Tubes
Construction Paper
Safety Scissors
Googly Eyes

What to Do:

1. Fold construction paper into quarters and cut the paper along the folds.
2. Wrap the paper around the toilet paper roll tube using glue or staples to secure the paper.
3. Once dry, decorate the tubes using markers, googly eyes, and extra paper for body parts like we did for the bats’ wings.

No Bake Pumpkin Bites


Cooking With Kids October so it’s officially time to make Halloween treats for the kids. These no bake peanut butter bites are great for kids that don’t like the taste of pumpkin. They are super sweet so make them small. I’m sure you can substitute almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter, or sunflower seed butter […]

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Painted Pumpkin Donuts


Creative Wednesdays You don’t have to use knives to cut messy jack-o-lanterns to decorate pumpkins with the kids to prepare for Halloween. These cute pumpkin donuts are easy to decorate and really do look like the real thing and good enough to eat. You Will Need: 6 Mini, Flat Pumpkins Paint Brushes Paint (Light Pink, […]

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Being Flexible Vs. Job Creep

Respecting Professional Boundaries Being flexible and having an attitude of helpfulness is essential to being a successful nanny. But, when pitching-in becomes expected and nannies do more and more chores increasing their job duties, without extra compensation, they often burn-out and become resentful. When employers commonly require increasing amounts of work, relative to the normal […]

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Fishing for Rhymes

Fishing for Rhymes Best Nanny Newsletter

Creative Card Game Use index cards to create a deck of rhyming cards. The deck should be made up of at least 15 rhyming pairs (see our list below). Write one word per card. When the deck is complete, pass out four cards to each player. Explain that the object of the game is to […]

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6 Gifts to Give Your Nanny This Week


National Nanny Recognition Week Doesn’t Have to Cost Much Since 1998, the last week in September has been marked as National Nanny Recognition Week. It doesn’t take much to feel appreciated by my Nanny Family. I confess, it makes me feel great when they say “Thank You,” “Have a great day,” or simply do random […]

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International Red Panda Day


Red Panda Activities My youngest Nanny Kid loves visiting the red panda at the local zoo. Since today is International Red Panda Day she made a red panda out of paper plates, pastels, and paper. Click here to print a work sheet about red pandas, print out a bunch of free red panda coloring pages by clicking […]

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Lava Lamp: Oil and Water Don’t Mix

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Easy Science Project Oil and water do not mix. After making the lava lamp, even if the kids try to shake up the bottle, the oil breaks up into small little drops, but it doesn’t mix with the water. When they add the Alka-Seltzer tablet it will react with the water to make tiny bubbles […]

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How to Land Your First Nanny Job

So You Want to Be a Nanny? Whether you have been out of the workforce raising your own family and are ready to work again, want to change careers, or starting your first job fresh out of high school or college, here are some tips to finding your first nanny job. 1. Education: Education and […]

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