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Valentine’s Heart Sun Catchers

This is an easy project that children can keep to decorate their bedrooms or playrooms for years. Just because the child I care for chose to use one color per heart, allow the children in your care to use any color of tissue paper they want when making Valentine’s heart sun catchers.

You Will Need:

Heart Templates
White Card Stock
Tissue Paper Squares
Clear Contact Paper
Scissors
Printer

What to Do:

1. Print different sized heart templates onto card stock paper. You can save a photo of our heart template above and print it at different sizes.

2. Cut out the outside and inside of the hearts.

3. Place the hearts on clear contact paper.

4. Have the child place tissue paper squares onto the contact paper inside the hearts.

5. Place another piece of clear contact paper on top of the hearts to seal them.

6. Trim the hearts. Leave a little contact paper around the edges of the hearts.

7. Have the child hang the sun catchers in a window.

Red Pepper Sauce

My Mom Boss asked me to make this recipe. It is so super easy to make and so delicious. If someone in your nanny family cannot consume tomatoes this red pepper sauce is a great alternative to marinara sauce. We served it on pasta for the kids but the sauce good over steak, grilled polenta, […]

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“The Snowy Day” and Stick Puppets

“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Keats is a classic must-read winter children’s book about a boy named Peter who explores playing in the snow. After reading “The Snowy Day” with the children in your care, have them make a snowy scene for their own Peter puppets. In “The Snowy Day” Peter wakes up to the […]

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“Meeting Nanny Heather” by Marianne Selinger

Finally there is a children’s book to share with children to prepare them for having a new nanny. “Meeting Nanny Heather” by Marianne Selinger is a sweet story about Nicole and Nathan’s adventures when they meet their new nanny Heather. In “Meeting Nanny Heather,” Nicole and Nathan are usually happy kids, but today they are […]

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Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pasta

You can never go wrong making pasta for dinner for your Nanny Family. The toddler I care for really loves this recipe. This is a quick and easy recipe with the pasta, veggie, and protein all in one dish. You Will Need: 1 lb sweet Italian sausage 1 lb broccoli rabe, trimmed, stems removed 1 […]

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Lunar New Year Crafts, Recipe, and Book

Sunday January 2023 is the start of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit. Here are some fun and simple projects to do with the children in your care for Lunar New Year. Paper Lanterns: The Lantern Festival is held on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year holiday. It marks […]

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MLK “I Have a Dream” Craft

It is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. One of the most famous speeches of all time was the “I have a dream” speech written and spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. First read, “I Have a Dream” by Kadir Nelson to the children in your care. Then have […]

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Chicken and Feta Stuffed Peppers

My Mom Boss asked me to make this recipe from her recipe box. The original recipe recommends cutting the sweet bell peppers in half but I like making stuffed peppers as full bell peppers. I just increased the par cooking and final cooking a bit. We also put them in the freezer to reheat as […]

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“The Mitten” by Jan Brett and Puppet Fun

This is my favorite literacy project to do with children. There are few books as loved by kids as “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Winter is a great time to read “The Mitten” and create this cute craft with the kids in your care. As you read “The Mitten” the children will love when a […]

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“Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen

It’s not surprising that John Schoenherr received the 1988 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in “Owl Moon.” The watercolors in this book capture the wonder and beauty of the walk through the woods in the snow. The main character’s older brothers have been out “owling” with their father, but now it is finally the little […]

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