“Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon and Stick Puppet

Weekly Trip to the Library Bats don’t have to be scary as they are often portrayed for Halloween. The endearing book, Stellaluna, helps children see fruit bats as harmless and beloved creatures. Stellaluna, is a young fruit bat who gets lost and can’t find her mother. Not knowing how to get home, Stellaluna is befriended by […]

Swirling Paper Plate Ghost

Creative Wednesdays I found this super easy and inexpensive Halloween craft at easypeasyandfun. Depending on the age of the child they can make the project by themselves or you can help them where needed. But let them draw the expressions on the ghosts. Make a bunch of swirling ghosts and hang them on a porch, […]

Homemade Kazoos

Creative Wednesdays A kazoo is a very simple musical instrument, made up of a hollow pipe with a hole in it. They may be simple, but these little noisemakers are a great way to explore sound with kids. In this activity have the kids investigate how kazoos work by building their own. Thin plastic, waxed […]

Craft Stick Puzzles

Creative Wednesdays I found this idea on Instagram. It is an easy puzzle to make and keep to use over and over again. I trimmed colorful craft sticks into different sizes to see if the kids can line up the colors and sizes together with these homemade crafts stick puzzles. You Will Need: Multi-Colored Craft […]

Making Goop!

Creative Wednesday While it is still warm outside is the best time to make messy projects like this with the kids because they can play with the goop outside. Whether you call it goo, slime, or ooze the kids with love making and playing with it and you will love that it’s non toxic — […]

Patriotic Paper Plate Ring Toss

Creative Wednesday This paper plate ring toss game is a fun way to keep the kids busy for the afternoon both painting and coloring and then practicing their tossing skills. Use patriotic colors for national holidays like Labor Day. If it is a rainy day it’s safe to play indoors. If you’re looking for an […]

Mondrian Sidewalk Chalk Art

Creative Wednesdays Known for his Modernism abstract paintings, Piet Mondrian used the simplest combination of straight lines and right angles, creating geometric shapes of bold primary colors. After showing the kids paintings by Mondrian and reading “Coppernickel Goes Mondrian” go outside to make similar art using sidewalk chalk. Of course on a rainy day you […]

Baking Soda and Cornstarch Play Dough

Creative Wednesdays Play dough is fun to make with kids at any age. Playing with this non-toxic dough is great for fine motor skills for toddlers. Playing with play dough helps strengthen the muscles in their hands through squishing, rolling, and shaping the dough, which will set them up well to eventually hold a pencil […]

Story Cubes

Creative Wednesdays Story cubes are similar to dice with various images on them. Their primary goal has been to help writers to come up with story ideas. But they can be used in various ways to build creativity, story-telling skills, and to role-play. My Nanny Kid and I used them to make up our own […]

Giant Bubbles

Summer Fun: Boredom Buster Nannies all across America keep asking me for fun activities to do with their nanny kids as summer camps have been cancelled due to coronavirus this summer. I highly recommend making Giant Bubbles with little and big kids. I simply bought WOWMAZING Giant Bubble Wands Kit and WOWMAZING Giant Bubble Refill […]