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 […]

Marbleous Valentine’s Magnets and Pendants

Creative Wednesday All of the children I have cared for love Valentine’s Day. This year we made marbled hearts pendants and magnets using red and white Model Magic™ for my nanny kid’s friends. The children enjoyed rolling the Model Magic with a rolling pin, cutting out the hearts with cookie cutters and scissors, and then […]

Christmas Tree Crayons

Creative Wednesday Don’t throw out little crayon pieces that are too small for the kids to hold on to. Use them to create big, chunky crayons. We made multi-colored chunky Christmas tree crayons but you can make solid colored crayons if you prefer. We even wrapped some up to give as gifts to our friends. Melting crayons […]

Hanukkah Menorah Tea Light Craft

Creative Wednesdays Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins this weekend. You and your nanny kids don’t need to be Jewish to enjoy making this holiday craft. Describe the symbolism of the menorah and why it’s used during Hanukkah. Explain to the children that In the second century BC the Jews rebelled against the Greek-Syrians who had denied […]

Turkey Math

Creative Wednesday Using flash cards to teach my nanny kids math can get so tedious and boring. But when it comes to learning arithmetic — practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication tables over and over again is really essential. Make learning fun with this Thanksgiving-themed math project for the kids. Adjust the math problems to the […]

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 […]

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 […]