“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 […]

Changing Color Chameleon

Chameleons are amazing reptiles that possess a wide variety of interesting features including their ability to change color due to their emotions and as camouflage. Children will love making and playing with this simple craft to make their chameleons change color with paper plates. Be sure to read these children books about chameleons while making […]

Rainbow Bird

I found a great blog Mini Mad Things with this template to make a rainbow bird. I used cardboard from my Nanny Family’s recycling bin to make this bird. I painted the cardboard with acrylic paint for the young child before before she decorated her bird. Older children can paint and decorate their cardboard bird […]

5 Children’s Books to Teach Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as understanding the emotions of those around you. If you have ever cared for an extremely reactive child that seems unable to control their emotions, or reacts inappropriately towards others, you know that emotional intelligence is one of the most important […]

7 Children’s Books for Juneteenth

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday that is celebrated on June 19 celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States on June 19, 1865. Here are seven children’s books to share with your Nanny Kids about the topic. […]

“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle and Craft

“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle is a classic children’s book which makes a great gift for children and their fathers. Its perfect gift for Father’s Day. It’s a great story showing how fathers take care of their young. “Mister Seahorse” is a stunning book with acetate pages that hide fish behind rocks and reeds. As […]

“Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and Paper Plate Taco Craft

After reading the beloved book “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin make tacos out of paper plates with children. A 7-year-old child in my care also made a dragon out of a toilet paper cardboard tube. Don’t forget to serve your Nanny Kids tacos for lunch or dinner after reading this book! While reading “Dragons […]

Our Weather Touch and Feel Board Book and Craft

We have all heard, “April showers bring May flowers,” and it has been rainy this April in my neck of the woods. So, I have been reading about the rain and weather with my Nanny Kids. I love touch and feel books because engage young readers with in the books. After reading this fun book […]

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

I love Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg and so do my Nanny Kids. We all make mistakes. Making mistakes can be devastating especially for children. Beautiful Oops! encourages young artists to embrace their mistakes and make them into something beautiful…a “beautiful oops”. This is a great message for all ages and anything we make mistakes […]

“How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?” and Dino Feet Craft

Creative Wednesdays Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Girls and boys of all ages love dinosaurs. In How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen human parents are trying to put young dinosaurs to bed. The dinosaurs in the book represent human children throwing temper tantrums when it’s time to go to bed. Do yourself a favor […]