Snowflake Craft

I had leftover white beads from Christmas crafts to make this easy snowflake craft. But you can let the children use blue, silver, and clear beads to make their own patterns to make this snowflake. It’s great activity to encourage fine motor skills, counting, and pattens. Don’t forget to check out how to make snowflakes […]

Halloween Spider Web Craft

Creative Wednesdays While many people decorate the outside of their homes with stretched cotton to look like spider webs on their bushes I like making this easy spider web craft with my Nanny Kids to decorate the inside their house for Halloween. Let the children help with every step of making this easy project. Preschoolers […]

Cardboard Tube Shape Matching

Creative Wednesdays I save toilet paper and paper towel cardboard tubes to make free, quick, and easy projects for my Nanny Kids. This is an easy activity to let older siblings help make for their younger siblings. The shapes pictured might not look perfect because my Nanny Kid’s brother enjoyed drawing the shapes for his […]

Paper Plate Hanukkah Menorah

Creative Wednesdays My Nanny Kids loved making this paper plate menorah for Hanukkah. Let the kids paint the paper plate, candles, and flames themselves. Older children can cut out their own candles and flames. But you can cut the shapes for little kids and allow them to paste the candles to the back of the […]

Hot Glue Rubbings

Creative Wednesdays Use this activity to hide lower case and upper case letters or messages on pieces of construction paper with a hot glue gun. Have the kids put a piece of paper over the hot glue messages and rub them just as they would when making leaf rubbings to uncover their message. Using a […]

Printable Halloween Puppets

Creative Wednesdays I found these hand puppet templates online to print for my Nanny Kids. There are options to print color or black and white puppets. I printed them without color so the kids could color their puppets how they choose. We printed a Frankenstein, Monster 1, Monster with Teeth, Dracula, Pumpkin, Mummy, Sugar Skull, […]

“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, […]

Cardboard Tube Building Blocks

Creative Wednesdays You don’t need expensive toys to have a fun afternoon with your Nanny Kids. Collect cardboard toilet paper and paper roll tubes to use for projects with Nanny Kids. To make cardboard tube building blocks simply use a pair of scissors to cut half-inch cuts into the ends of the empty cardboard tubes. […]

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 […]