Make Your Own Match-It Game

Creative Wednesdays This is the easiest Match-It Game to make at home. Simply gather household items and toys from around the house. Place them on a piece of cardstock and trace them with a marker. Then have the child match the objects to the outlined objects on the paper. Older kids will enjoy making them […]

Countdown to New Year’s Eve

Pop The Balloon Create tons of anticipation and excitement for the kids as you countdown to New Year’s Eve. Each hour have each child pop a balloon and complete the activity written on a piece of paper inside the balloon. I use the same color balloon for each child to make it easier for them […]

13 of Our Favorite Halloween Projects and Treats

Creative Wednesdays There is nothing more fun than making spooky Halloween projects and treats with the nanny kids to build their anticipation for the holiday. Store bought desserts, games, and decorations just don’t cut it like the homemade versions. Allow even the youngest nanny kids help make these simple projects by having them mix, bake, and […]

Magnetic Putty

Magnet Science Adding an iron based compound to putty makes it magnetic. The secret ingredient that makes the putty magnetic is an iron oxide powder, which is ferric (magnetic). Ferric iron oxide is a fine powder used as black pigment and can be found at art stores. If your local artist supply store doesn’t carry […]

Dinosaur Feet

Creative Wednesday Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Girls and boys of all ages love dinosaurs. Intense interests (like in dinosaurs) are a big confidence booster for kids. So if your nanny kids like dinosaurs encourage the passion. Make these easy dinosaur feet by saving some empty rectangle tissue boxes to use to make this project. You […]

Guess What It Is? Sensory Box

Creative Wednesdays This simple project can provide hours of fun. it is inexpensive and easy to make. Children love using their senses and feeling objects and interesting textures to figure out what items are in the box. Shoe boxes are the perfect size for this project and easy to use due to a removable lid […]

Science Detective

Fingerprinting Science Fingerprinting is one form of biometrics, a science that uses people’s physical characteristics to identify them. Fingerprints are ideal for this purpose because they are an inexpensive way to collect and analyze. They never change, even as people age. No two fingerprints are exactly alike and have been used in crime scene investigations. […]

Straw and Pipe Cleaner Geometry

Creative Wednesday Teaching shapes is fun. Using simple materials, my 8-year-old charge created squares, triangles, diamonds, quadrangles, and more. Older kids can be more creative and make 3-D shapes such as cubes. Build them, take them apart, and start all over again. You Will Need: Pipe Cleaners Straws Safety Scissors What to Do: Show the […]

St. Patrick’s Day Counting Fun

Creative Wednesdays Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up making it the perfect time to make this easy counting game. A common symbol of the Irish holiday is the pot of gold protected by leprechauns at the end of rainbows. So we made this simple counting game of putting paper coins on a paper pot. You […]

You’ve Been Ghosted!

Anonymous Halloween Fun In preparation for Halloween, have the children help you play this fun game with their friends and neighbors. Fill a gift bag with Halloween treats or the Nutter Butter Ghost Cookies we made (see recipe below). Or, try these cute ghost cookies we made last year. You can add anything related to […]