Window Crayons and Markers

Using Window Crayons and Window Glass Markers are an easy boredom buster for children. My Nanny Kids decided to just make snowflakes on a mudroom window with Window Crayons but I recommend encouraging the children in your care to use aWindow Stencil Set for more intricate designs. Feel free to try them all: Window Crayons, […]

Read “Snowmen at Night” and Make Indoor Snowmen

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner is a hysterical book about snowmen that your Nanny Kids will want to reread over and over again. In Snowmen at Night while the children sleep, the snowmen the kids made during the day come to life. The snowmen have tons of winter fun including ice-skating on a pond, […]

Rainbow Pebbles

A preschooler I babysit for really loves playing with Rainbow Pebbles. They make a great holiday or birthday gift. These lightweight, colorful stones with a smooth surface are a wonderfully tactile early math resource. The preschooler I care for is fascinated by the pebbles’ bright colors, odd shapes, and warm feel which makes stacking fun. […]

Hanging Bat

This is such a fun Halloween craft to make with your Nanny Kids I found at the buggy and buddy web site. Make many of these and hang them up by their feet as the bats hang upside down all over the children’s playroom and bedrooms. You can make them in other colors like orange […]

The Color Monster

Halloween has a lot of scary characters but the monster in The Color Monster by Anna Llenas is not scary at all. The Color Monster helps children identify emotions and feel more in control. One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, […]

Read “Too Many Pumpkins” and Make a Pumpkin Using Scissor Skills

It’s pumpkin season! I used an orange marker to make dashes on orange paper for the kids to practice using their scissor skills. Then, we made these little pumpkins with the orange strips of paper. Be sure to read Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White with the children while they make these pumpkins. You Will […]

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 […]

“The Day of the Bad Haircut” and Cutting Paper Hair

All kids I have ever met have cried at least once during or after getting a haircut. That’s why I have often borrowed The Day of the Bad Haircut by Eva Moore from the library. In The Day of the Bad Haircut Molly finally allows her mother to cut her hair, after weeks of protesting, […]

No Mess Finger Painting

Finger painting using a Ziploc bag is a colorful, no mess sensory activity for kids of all ages. No mess finger painting is so easy with no time consuming clean up necessary. Trace letters and stamp blocks onto the paint sensory bag. I use two primary colors per bag and allow the child to mix […]

“Hooray for Hat!” and Make Paper Hats

Creative Wednesdays There’s a pervasive dark cloud of grumpiness among the animal friends in Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won, until Elephant gets a delivery of a box containing hats. So he puts all of the hats on his head, and goes visiting his friends, who are also grumpy, giving each of them a hat […]