Mondrian Sidewalk Chalk Art

Creative Wednesdays Known for his Modernism abstract paintings, Piet Mondrian used the simplest combination of straight lines and right angles, creating geometric shapes of bold primary colors. After showing the kids paintings by Mondrian and reading “Coppernickel Goes Mondrian” go outside to make similar art using sidewalk chalk. Of course on a rainy day you […]

Story Cubes

Creative Wednesdays Story cubes are similar to dice with various images on them. Their primary goal has been to help writers to come up with story ideas. But they can be used in various ways to build creativity, story-telling skills, and to role-play. My Nanny Kid and I used them to make up our own […]

Craft Stick Patterns

Creative Wednesdays This is an inexpensive project to make for toddlers and preschoolers that just takes a few minutes to make. I start with making simple designs of triangles, squares, and rectangles for toddlers and make designs more complex as the children grow and develop their matching skills. Just google craft stick pattern ideas for […]

Dinosaur Fossil Sand Toys

Products Nannies Love Who doesn’t love dinosaur fossils? The best sand toys inspire hours of imaginative play for children. Whether it is a trip to the beach or just a sandbox in the backyard, these dinosaur sand toys are sure to provide hours of summer fun for you and your Nanny Kids. The best part […]

4th of July Paper Plate Hats

Creative Wednesday July 4th is Independence Day in the United States of America. Here is a very inexpensive, fun, and easy craft to make with your Nanny Kids to wear this weekend to help celebrate Independence Day. Although there are seven red stripes on the American flag to represent valor, six white stripes to symbolize […]

Clover Necklaces, Bracelets and Tiaras

Creative Wednesdays My Nanny Family’s yard is full of blooming clover. So I taught my nanny kids how to make clover chains. We picked blooming clovers with long stems to make jewelry. One of my nanny kids even made up her own way to make clover chains. Her video instructions are included below. Braid Chain […]

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. […]