When One Door Closes, Many More Open

Did You Have an Unexpected Change or Loss this Year? Have you ever not been hired for a nanny job you wanted, been fired unexpectedly, got in a terrible fight with a friend, or had a messy romantic break up? When bad and unexpected changes occur in life it may feel like the end of […]

Brown Paper Gingerbread Garland

Creative Projects  Making gingerbread men is a winter holiday tradition making this the perfect time to let kids trace, cut, and decorate gingerbread garland made out of brown paper bags. Here’s how to make this easy holiday decoration. You Will Need: Brown Paper Bags Pencil Safety Scissors Gingerbread Man Template or Cookie Cutter Glitter Pens, […]

Monogramed Gift Mugs

Homemade Holiday Gifts You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give personalized handmade gifts this holiday season. You can find nice mugs at the dollar store and oil based Sharpie markers and large monogram stickers at any craft store. Older school-aged children can help make these gift mugs using the first letter […]

Popsicle Stick Menorah

Creative Wednesdays The religious celebration of Hanukkah begins Sunday at sundown. The center of the celebration is the candelabra called a menorah. Hanukkah celebrates a miracle. After the Seleucid desecration of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, there was only enough sealed consecrated olive oil left to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one […]

Paper Woven Placemats

Thanksgiving Project Thanksgiving is celebrated tomorrow in the United States. Families celebrate the holiday around a hearty meal. Therefore, weaving placemats to serve the holiday dinner on makes a perfect Thanksgiving craft. You Will Need: Construction Paper (we chose brown, orange, and yellow). Ruler Marker Safety Scissor Tape or Paste Clear Contact Paper What to […]

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Cooking for Kids Autumn is definitely pumpkin season. Pumpkin roll cake is a thin cake that is rolled up with a yummy cream cheese filling inside. I found this recipe that makes a great treat for Thanksgiving or Christmas in a family recipe book but possibly came from a McCormick spice recipe originally. It’s not […]

Layered Water: Science Fun

Creative Project Wednesday Density is a measure of how tightly stuff is packed together. In this project the liquids that weigh more (have a higher density) will sink below the liquids that weigh less (have a lower density). Lighter liquids like water or rubbing alcohol are less dense or have less “stuff” packed into them. […]

Thanksgiving Day Parade Book and Activities

Balloons Over Broadway The kids I care for are going to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving morning so I borrowed “Balloons over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet from the library to prepare them for the fun and festivities. But if your charges aren’t goingto the parade they will still love watching the parade on television […]

Green Bean Casserole

 Cooking for Kids There are just a few traditional dishes that always remind people of the holidays and a French-fried onion green bean casserole is one of them. The family I cook for doesn’t really like onions so I simply deleted the onions. Kids don’t notice mushrooms in the soup. This casserole is easy and […]

Tin Foil Sculptures and Jewelry

Creative Projects If you care for school-aged kids, keep them busy by making inexpensive tin foil sculptures. We made a game out of this project by trying to make sculptures and jewelry without using any tape or glue. The aluminum foil is easy to scupt with a little practice. What You Need: Tin Foil Scissors What to Do: […]