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 […]

Craft Stick Puzzles

Creative Wednesdays I found this idea on Instagram. It is an easy puzzle to make and keep to use over and over again. I trimmed colorful craft sticks into different sizes to see if the kids can line up the colors and sizes together with these homemade crafts stick puzzles. You Will Need: Multi-Colored Craft […]

Patriotic Paper Plate Ring Toss

Creative Wednesday This paper plate ring toss game is a fun way to keep the kids busy for the afternoon both painting and coloring and then practicing their tossing skills. Use patriotic colors for national holidays like Labor Day. If it is a rainy day it’s safe to play indoors. If you’re looking for an […]