Sewing Paper Plate Snowflakes

My 8-year-old Nanny Kid constantly asks me to find her lacing projects to do. I found this lacing snowflake activity on the iheartcraftythings web site for beginner sewers. I love how creative Caroline from the web site was by finding this design on a paper plate at Target and thought to make into a sewing […]

Hand Soap Pens

I get so annoyed telling some of my Nanny Kids to wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and they keep running water and not using soap! But that has all changed now that a Mom Boss I work for bought hand soap pens. The child I care for who thought washing […]

“Those Shoes” by Maribeth Bolts

My 7-year old, 8-year-old, and 9-year-old nanny kids and I absolutely love the book Those Shoes by Maribeth Bolts. Although there are some important morals taught in Those Shoes, the book isn’t too preachy. The main character in Those Shoes, is a boy named Jeremy who lives with his grandmother. At school all the other […]

Sweet Potato Burritos

One of my Nanny Kids is absolutely addicted to these vegetarian sweet potato burritos. I slightly adjusted this recipe I found on the Mel’s Kitchen Cafe web site to eliminate jalapeños since they are too spicy for the children in my care. I add rice to make the rice and beans a complete protein. Sometimes […]

Indoor Snowman with Homemade Cloud Dough

I love trying different types of homemade play dough with kids. Could dough feels amazing and is a great boredom buster anytime of the year. But since it is winter where I work and live in New Jersey it is the perfect time to read Charlie and Lola: Snow is My Favorite and My Best […]

Window Crayons and Markers

Using Window Crayons and Window Glass Markers are an easy boredom buster for children. My Nanny Kids decided to just make snowflakes on a mudroom window with Window Crayons but I recommend encouraging the children in your care to use aWindow Stencil Set for more intricate designs. Feel free to try them all: Window Crayons, […]

“Be a King” by Carole Boston Weatherford

Every year at this time as Martin Luther King Day approaches I try to find a children’s book I never read before about him to share with my Nanny Kids. This year I borrowed Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford from the library. Be a King: […]

Leek Stew with Olives

This is an incredible healthy and vegan Romanian stew from the whereismyspoon web site. I didn’t expect the kids would love olive and leeks in a stew. But, this Romanian stew called “Praz cu masline” really blew my Nanny Kids away. It has so much flavor the kids gobbled it right up. You Will Need: […]

Snowflake Craft

I had leftover white beads from Christmas crafts to make this easy snowflake craft. But you can let the children use blue, silver, and clear beads to make their own patterns to make this snowflake. It’s great activity to encourage fine motor skills, counting, and pattens. Don’t forget to check out how to make snowflakes […]

Spill-Proof Paint Cups

I love Melissa and Doug toys and products. These Melissa and Doug Spill-Proof Paint Cups are truly a playroom essential for any child. I bought these Melissa and Doug Spill-Proof Paint Cups for a girl for her first birthday and she still owns and uses them at 11-years-old. These Melissa and Doug Spill-Proof Paint Cups […]