Fall Tree and Leaf Hanging

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang Getting toddlers to practice fine motor skills can be difficult – most kids just aren’t interested in holding a pencil correctly at the age of three. Why not stretch those motor skills in something a little bit more fun, seasonal, and interactive? This tree and leaf activity allows children […]

Fall Trees

Wednesdays with Whitney You know it’s fall when the leaves start changing colors. Why not celebrate this bright occasion with a simple entertaining craft for the little ones. Make these fall trees with the children you nanny and watch their creativity flow. Supplies • Thick construction paper • Markers or crayons • Scissors • Tape […]

Goose’s Story by Cari Best

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs This past week we encouraged you to teach children what Autumn looks like, feels like, tastes like, smells like, and sounds like. A common sign of Autumn is the sound of geese honking as they migrate south for the winter. In Goose’s Story, by Cari Best, Canadian geese […]

What Do You Love Most About Autumn?

What Does Autumn Sound Like? This week we discussed how to get kids to appreciate and enjoy Autumn using their five senses. We encourage you to teach children what Autumn looks like, feels like, tastes like, smells like, and finally today what the season sounds like. In Autumn we can hear the tractors as the […]

Enjoying Autumn With Kids

What Does Autumn Smell Like? We have been discussing ways for kids to learn about Autumn using their senses. Autumn smells like the first fire in the fireplace, apple pies, and beeswax candles on the dinner table as night’s darkness falls earlier and earlier. Help kids identify smells like fireplaces and bonfires, pickling spices, and […]

What’s Your Favorite Autumn Recipe?

What Does Autumn Taste Like? Photo from amomamok When I think of autumn I think of the harvest of apples, pumpkins, cranberries, and corn. Just think of Thanksgiving dinner, and what American doesn’t love Thanksgiving? I love to cut up a red and green apples and have the kids close their eyes and have a taste […]

Making Bark and Leaf Rubbings

What Does Autumn Feel Like? As the weeks pass and the weather changes, we begin to experience chilly Autumn days. Our clothing reflects the temperatures as we don wool sweaters, waffle weave long underwear, thick socks, and perhaps even a puffy down vest or a coat before we go outside. There are other ways to […]

What Does Autumn Look Like?

Using Our Senses to Enjoy Autumn The most beautiful sight in Autumn is the changing colors of the leaves. This provides opportunities to create leaf rubbings and other leaf related crafts. We can rake leaves together, which naturally leads to jumping in leaf piles! Kids also love collecting acorns and seed pods, watching migrating birds, and […]

Tranquil Scenes Have Positive Impact on the Brain

Take Children Outside Everyday Our advice for things to do with kids this Autumn is to get outside! Time spent outdoors in nature is like pushing a “stress reduction button” for the brain. Research findings, “demonstrated that tranquil environmental scenes containing natural features…cause distinct brain areas to become `connected´ with one another whilst man-made environments, […]

Arts N’ Crafts for Apple Season

Apple Crafts to do With Kids Now that it is apple season, Chris from Kids Crafts Magazine has posted some fun crafts you can do with kids using apples. Apple Stamping Cut an apple in half. Dip the cut side of the apple into paint and dab it on a paper towel to wipe off […]