Corn Starch Play Dough

The best nannies have projects and back up projects to do with the children each day so that the kids never get bored. This is one of the quickest boredom busters and easiest play dough recipes I have ever made. I love it because already had the ingredients in the kitchen. Click here to see […]

Cardboard Roll Butterflies

I found this easy project on the patchwork parent blog. For little kids I recommend putting primary colored paint close to each other on a paper plate so they can play with mixing the primary colors to make secondary colors when making these butterflies. Older children can decorate the tubes with paint and markers in […]

Salt Painting

I’m always looking for new activities to do with the creative kids in my care. Salt Painting came to our summer boredom buster rescue! We already had all of the supplies in the playroom and kitchen pantry to make Salt Paintings. This is an inexpensive activity that will keep children that love crafts and painting […]

Sea Shell Necklaces

All children love hunting for beautiful sea shells along the beach. Here is an easy way to save the children’s favorite sea shells they gathered at the shore this summer. Click here to see some other projects I have made with children with their sea shells collections. You Will Need: Small Shells1 Cup of Flour1/2 […]

Saint Patrick’s Day Sun Catchers

Creative Wednesdays My six-year-old Nanny Kid loves using Dot Markers to decorate coffee filters. They look so beautiful. So we decided to experiment with different shapes to make some decorations for Saint Patrick’s Day. We cut out shamrock shapes from the center of paper plates and circles from the centers of other plates. We snipped […]

Cardboard Tube Shape Matching

Creative Wednesdays I save toilet paper and paper towel cardboard tubes to make free, quick, and easy projects for my Nanny Kids. This is an easy activity to let older siblings help make for their younger siblings. The shapes pictured might not look perfect because my Nanny Kid’s brother enjoyed drawing the shapes for his […]

Heart Garland

Creative Wednesdays Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 as a celebration of romantic love. You can help the little ones left in your care make simple cards, write letters, or make inexpensive presents to give to their family and friends. Here is a simple decoration to make with your Nanny Kids to decorate their […]

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Creative Wednesdays My Nanny Kids have had tons of fun cutting out paper snowflakes this winter. So we tried using coffee filters instead of paper this week and we loved the results. Google for paper snowflakes and coffee filter templates online for good ideas to help make snowflakes. But let the kids just explore cutting […]

“Curious About Snow” by Gina Shaw

Weekly Trip to the Library In Curious About Snow this 8-inch by 8-inch non-fiction book answers the most basic questions about snow. When does it snow? Why is snow white? How do we know no two snowflakes are alike? (Hint: the proof is in the photographs, first made in the 1890s). With full-color photographs and […]

Making Paper Snowflakes

Creative Wednesdays Whether you are buried under a foot of snow or not, all children enjoy making and decorating paper snowflakes. You can make the project as easy or difficult as you want and in a countless different shapes, sizes, and colors. Even kids that are too young to use scissors will love decorating paper […]