Leprechaun Paper Bag Puppets

Creative Wednesdays Even the most creative nannies need to go online to find resources for projects to do with the kids sometimes. This week I visited abcteach.com to find templates for leprechaun paper bag puppets to make with the kids. Just click this link to print four leprechauns and accesories includeing a harp, shamrock, and pot […]

Paper Plate Shamrock Hat

Creative Wednesdays It’s March so time to start preparing for Saint Patrick’s Day with your Nanny Kids. This is one of the easiest crafts to make with your Nanny Kids for popular Irish holiday. To make several hats for a St. Patty’s Day party you can just use green paper plates. But I think the […]

Caterpillar Pencil Topper

Creative Wednesdays The teen I care for helped make this pencil topper for his little sister using a hot glue gun. I don’t recommend young children using hot glue guns. But, you can easily and safely use white glue instead if you are making simple pencil toppers. Hot glue works better than white glue when […]

Paper Plate Abraham Lincoln

President’s Day Craft Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday on the third Monday in February in the United States. Years ago I bought a “Paper Plate People” by Frank Schaffer Publications to learn how to make a paper plate Abraham Lincoln with my young elementary school-aged Nanny Kids for President’s Day. Abraham Lincoln is one […]

Thumbprint Fun

Creative Wednesdays By using the kids’ thumbprints as a starting point, come up with all sorts of silly art creations with your Nanny Kids. Draw eyes, ears, whiskers, tails. spots, legs, and antennas on finger prints. Try using the kids pinky or index fingers for fingerprints of different shapes and sizes. Be creative and have […]

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Creative Wednesdays While simple, this is a wonderful activity where kids will create some crafty Christmas magic. Allow the children to give these popsicle stick Christmas trees as gifts or to decorate their Christmas tree or hang in a window or on a door knob in their home. You Will Need: 3 Green Popsicle Sticks […]

Snowflake Ornament or Decoration

Creative Wednesdays All children love snowflakes. This is an easy decoration to make with your a Nanny Kids during the winter months. Any home can proudly display the beautiful snowflakes made by their children. Families that celebrate Christmas can hang the snowflakes on their Christmas tree. You Will Need: Popsicle Sticks Hot Glue Gun Glue […]

Footprint and Handprint Turkey

Creative Wednesdays I have been making this simple Thanksgiving craft annually with my Nanny Kids for 25 years. Allow the children to do as many parts of the craft that they can do safely. For example, I trace their hands and feet and cut out the shapes for toddlers, but older children can do the […]

Sea Shell Crafts

Creative Wednesdays Who doesn’t love summertime and days spent at the beach with the kids? I love taking walks down the sandy beaches of the Jersey shore collecting shells, smooth pebbles, and sea glass with my Nanny Kids. We have made photo frames, shell hair clips, and painted the nautical treasures we find. When painting […]

Marbleous Valentine’s Magnets and Pendants

Creative Wednesday All of the children I have cared for love Valentine’s Day. This year we made marbled hearts pendants and magnets using red and white Model Magic™ for my nanny kid’s friends. The children enjoyed rolling the Model Magic with a rolling pin, cutting out the hearts with cookie cutters and scissors, and then […]