Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft

This is a super easy dinosaur craft to make with girls and boys with a paper plate and toilet paper roll. Be sure to read “How to Catch a Dinosaur,” “Danny and the Dinosaur,” “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight,” and “Dinosaur” while making this simple craft. You can purchase the children books and supplies needed […]

“Elmer the Elephant” by David McKee and Craft

Children love the Elmer the patchwork elephant book series by David McKee. I love the Mini Mad Things blog. After reading “Elmer’s Colors,” “Elmer and Butterfly,” “Elmer and the Rainbow,” and “Elmer’s Special Day,” by David McKee I let the child in my care use paint and pastels to decorate a cardboard Elmer. It might […]

“A Fish Out of Water” and Craft

In “A Fish Out of Water” by Helen Palmer a young boy hilariously learns the consequences of not following instructions when he feeds too much to his goldfish. Overfeeding the goldfish causes it to grow as big as a whale. With delightfully retro illustrations by P.D. Eastman this book shows that getting a pet is […]

“A Pet for Pete” by James Dean and Paper Plate Craft

Pete the Cat can’t wait to get a new pet! He gets a goldfish he names Goldie. Pete paints a cool painting of Goldie and now everyone wants a piece of it! But Pete doesn’t have enough time to make one for everyone. Will Pete find a way to have fun painting Goldie and have […]

“Jasper the Jumping Jellyfish” and Craft

Creative Wednesdays I love taking children to the library. I found “Jasper the Jumping Jellyfish” by Sam and Missy Walshaw at the local library. If you can’t find the book at your local library click here to view a child read the book to your Nanny Kids. Have the little ones make their own jellyfish […]

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart introduces some of the youngest readers to the symbolism behind each stripe of the famous rainbow flag. This cute book that shows how all of the different colors of the flag come together in different kinds of families. This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and […]

“Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” by Analiza Quiroz Wolf

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month –- a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. “Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” by Analiza Quiroz Wolf is a great book to read with children for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. “Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” spotlights engaging stories of 16 trailblazing Asian-Americans for children of all ages. […]

“A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” by Mary Lee Donovan

There are almost as many ways of making someone feel welcome as there are people on our planet. To welcome another is to give that person and yourself a chance at a new connection, a new friendship, and maybe even new eyes through which to view the world. Journey around the globe as A Hundred […]

“How to Grow a Friend” by Sara Gillingham

How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gilmingham uses a lovely metaphor that teaches valuable lessons in how to treat others and make friendships blossom! Making a friend takes patience, care, and room to bloom — just like growing a flower. “To grow a friend first plant a seed in good soil.” A page turn […]

Make Collages with “Perfect Square” by Michael Hall

Perfect Square is a square book about a square that undergoes many changes of shape and of color. The square starts out as a red, four cornered shape. However, in the pages it is cut into tiny pieces, ripped into strips, and painted a variety of colors. With each new challenge from the unseen force, […]