Egg Carton Card Holder

Creative Wednesdays My Nanny Kids and I love playing card games. But it’s difficult for little kids to hold cards in their small hands. So we recycled egg cartons to use as card holders. The children can add or remove cards without messing up the rest of the cards. Although the card holder pictured in […]

Thumbprint Fun

Creative Wednesdays By using the kids’ thumbprints as a starting point, come up with all sorts of silly art creations with your Nanny Kids. Draw eyes, ears, whiskers, tails. spots, legs, and antennas on finger prints. Try using the kids pinky or index fingers for fingerprints of different shapes and sizes. Be creative and have […]

New Year’s Countdown Goodie Bags

New Year’s Eve Fun with Kids Grab a few party favors from the party store to give to the kids each hour on New Year’s Eve. Or, write an activity you would like each child to do on a piece of paper and place an activity inside each bag. I have listed some ideas below. […]

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Creative Wednesdays While simple, this is a wonderful activity where kids will create some crafty Christmas magic. Allow the children to give these popsicle stick Christmas trees as gifts or to decorate their Christmas tree or hang in a window or on a door knob in their home. You Will Need: 3 Green Popsicle Sticks […]

Snowflake Ornament or Decoration

Creative Wednesdays All children love snowflakes. This is an easy decoration to make with your a Nanny Kids during the winter months. Any home can proudly display the beautiful snowflakes made by their children. Families that celebrate Christmas can hang the snowflakes on their Christmas tree. You Will Need: Popsicle Sticks Hot Glue Gun Glue […]

Footprint and Handprint Turkey

Creative Wednesdays I have been making this simple Thanksgiving craft annually with my Nanny Kids for 25 years. Allow the children to do as many parts of the craft that they can do safely. For example, I trace their hands and feet and cut out the shapes for toddlers, but older children can do the […]

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 […]

Sea Shell Crafts

Creative Wednesdays Who doesn’t love summertime and days spent at the beach with the kids? I love taking walks down the sandy beaches of the Jersey shore collecting shells, smooth pebbles, and sea glass with my Nanny Kids. We have made photo frames, shell hair clips, and painted the nautical treasures we find. When painting […]

Cool Whip Easter Eggs

Creative Wednesday’s I have loved making shaving cream Easter Eggs with my nanny kids in the past. But, it is safer using whipped cream than shaving cream when working with toddlers since kids may put their fingers in their mouths while doing the project. Protect the surface before starting the project and you may want […]

Making a Model Lung

Science Fun: How Lungs Work This model demonstrates how lungs work. Air is taken in through the mouth and nose, passes down the windpipe and into our lungs. The straw represents the wind pipe. The diaphragm at the bottom of our chest moves down to create more space. As we breathe out the diaphragm raises […]