Summer Learning: Phonics Flower

Creative Wednesdays I’m not sure when or where I first learned to make phonics flowers but I started making them for the kids in my care in 1993. The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out. Phonemic awareness helps children hear, identify, and manipulate spelling […]

Cruising Obstacle Course for Babies

Babies On the Move I am reading Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by Peter M. Vishton, Professor The College of William and Mary. The professor explains that cruising begins after babies have started crawling and before they are able to walk on their own, (at about 8- to 11-months-old). When they learn to […]

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Weekly Trip to the Library What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice. In Mouse Shapes,the mice play with shapes while hiding from a cat. In the end, the mice build big mice to scare the cat away. After reading the book let the kids trace […]

Hosting a Nanny Play Groups

A Happy Nanny Makes Happy Kids Working as a nanny can be an isolating caring for kids in a home all day. It’s essential for in-home childcare providers to make friends, just like the kids. The best way to keep happy at work is scheduling plenty of playdates and play groups with other moms, nannies, […]

Ghost Halloween Cookies

Cooking with Kids More and more kids are allergic to peanut butter so I didn’t want to risk getting friends sick by making my annual ghost cookies out of Nutter Butter cookies. Instead, I simply replaced Nutter Butter cookies with ghost-shaped sugar cookies the kids helped me bake this year. Allow the kids to help […]

Halloween Tins

Creative Projects While at a playdate with another nanny and her charges we made these adorable little tins. We simply removed the paper from soup cans and decorated them with construction paper and Halloween themed foam stickers you can find at nearly any craft store this time of year. Use them as pencil holders, as goody […]

Painting with Unconventional Tools

Creative Wednesdays If regular painting has become a bore allow the kids to paint with feathers, Popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, twigs, cotton swabs, and toy cars and trucks instead of using paintbrushes. Just have the kids roll up their sleeves and wear a smock to stay clean and cover the work surface. Provide plenty of […]

Solar S’mores

Cooking with Kids Nothing says summer like s’mores. I can’t make campfires with the kids in their backyard. So, I used the power of the sun with the this kids to make their favorite summertime treat. Little did I know when making the s’mores that this past Wednesday was actually National S’mores Day as well. […]

35 Quick Summer Activities

Keeping Kids Busy on Long, Hot Summer Days During the long, hot days of summer nannies don’t need to rely on electronics and video games to entertain the kids. Here are more than one month’s worth of easy activities to do with the kids. 1. Find an object in the house that begins with each letter […]

Creative Relay Races, Obstacle Courses and Sack Races

Summer Boredom Busters Most of us don’t have burlap sacks on hand to have traditional sack races so have the kids make up their own variations of group races in the grass. You can use the ideas below to plan the races for the kids, but let them come with ideas of their own too. […]