“Are You a Bee?” and Honeybee Bubblewrap Painting

Lesson Plans Many people are afraid of bees but honey bees are incredible. Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries shows that — from the perspective of a honeybee — the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive. […]

Crayola Model Magic

Creative Wednesdays I love Crayola Model Magic. It provides hours of fun as the perfect clay alternative for young sculptors. Its naturally stretchy, porous texture makes it easy for small hands to mold their next masterpiece! Crayola Model Magic doesn’t stick to hands, making it easy to roll out, cut, mold, and clean up. The […]

Painted Fireworks

Creative Wednesdays Fourth of July means fireworks in America. Read “The Night Before the Fourth of July” by Amy Wummer then have your Nanny Kids make painted fireworks. To help keep the colors separated we made one toilet paper roll for each color of paint, (red, white, and blue). This craft is great because it […]

“The Ugly Duckling” and Swan Craft

Weekly Trip to the Library The Ugly Duckling is an infamous story by Hans Christian Anderson whose fairytales have become loved around the world, including The Little Match Girl and The Little Mermaid. Born different, The Ugly Duckling is mocked by his siblings, rejected by other ducks, and even shunned by his own mother. The […]

I’m Nuts About You Dad

Father’s Day Gift I love helping my Nanny Kids make Father’s Day Gifts for their Dad and Grandfathers. I don’t have to spend a dime to help the children make a card or gift to celebrate their father. I found these free labels at tarywhiteaker.com. Here’s how to make this simple tribute for your Dad […]

“Elmer’s Friends” by David McKee and Puppets

Creative Wednesdays David McKee’s most famous creation is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which is published in more than 40 languages. In Elmer’s Friends we learn about the spotty, stripy, tall, and long elephant named Elmer and meet all of Elmer’s very best friends! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is […]

“Prickly Hedgehogs!” by Jane McGuiness and Hedgehog Puppet

Creative Projects Read Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuiness and make a cute little hedgehog puppet who goes in and out of a cardboard toilet paper tube log. In Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuiness the sun has set, and Hedgehog’s day has only just begun. She’s out and about, snuffling through layers of leaves and twigs […]

Patriotic Stars

Creative Wednesdays I found this patriotic craft idea from happinessishomemade blog. It’s a super easy way for the kids to decorate for a day off from school on Memorial Day this upcoming Monday. My Nanny Kids loved decorating the front of the crafts stick stars with glitter glue pens. You can purchase the products for […]

Give the Pigeon a Bath!

Creative Wednesdays My six-year-old Nanny Kid absolutely loves any book by Mo Willems. Her current favorite book by the beloved author is The Pigeon Needs a Bath!. So we just had to make a fun craft to correspond with her current obsession. We made a dirty paper pigeon on one side and a clean pigeon […]

“Memoirs of a Goldfish” by Devin Scillian with Fishbowl and Puppet Craft

Creative Wednesdays One of my favorite projects to with children is creating projects that correspond to their favorite books. The little girl I am currently caring for loves the adorable book, Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian. So I helped her make a paper plate fishbowl and puppets of the characters in the book. […]