Columbus Day Ship

Creative Wednesdays Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October in America. Although there is controversy whether Columbus should actually be celebrated (we will discuss this with a great children’s book on Saturday) Columbus Day is a federal holiday. In preparation for the holiday here is a simple craft to do with young […]

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. […]

Secret Code Wheel

Creative Wednesday Let the kids pretend to be secret agents and uncover messages left in code. It’s easy to make a Secret Code Maker for the kids with circles cut out of poster board or with two small paper plates. Follow the instructions and images below so you and the kids can make secret messages […]

Picture Crossword Puzzle

Creative Wednesday Make a fun crossword puzzle using pictures as clues instead of words. You don’t need to use a computer to make the crossword puzzle. Make the crossword puzzle using graph paper and markers. I found this project in 365 Art and Craft Activities. Depending on the age of your nanny kids include sight […]

Corner Bookmarks

Creative Wednesday I saved some colored envelopes my nanny kid received from birthday cards and thank you cards this year. We recycled them to make some easy corner bookmarks. I found the idea in the book 365 Art and Craft Activities. Let the kids be creative and decorate bookmarks into any animals or creatures they […]

Cardboard Box and Roll Maze

Creative Wednesday This is a very easy project to make with recyclable products that promote creativity and helps develop motor skills. We made a simple maze that preschoolers will enjoy. But you can easily make it harder for older kids by adding numbers to the tubes in the order the ball needs to go through […]

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 […]