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 […]

Matching Lower Case and Upper Case Letters Game

Creative Wednesdays Here’s a quick and easy project I made with my Nanny Kids. We simply recycled a cardboard egg carton and used plastic spoons they had left over from a party their family had last summer. Since it was a huge egg carton with more than 26 eggs I added some numbers to the […]

Cookie Painting

Creative Wednesday All kids love to paint and all kids love cookies. Combine these two loves by having the children paint cookies. These cookies can be made year round for any reason. Don’t forget to let the kids measure the ingredients, mix, sift, roll out the dough, and use cookie cutters before painting the cookies. […]

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 […]

Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree

Creative Wednesdays It’s Spring and when you look out the window what do you see? It looks like popcorn is popping on the Spring trees. So we made some Spring trees indoors on a rainy day with real popcorn. Before, during, and after making the trees teach the kids the song, “Popcorn Popping on the […]

Mother’s Day for Nannies

A Mother By Any Other NameBy Candi Wingate, Nannies4Hire.comHappy Mother’s Day! Those are wonderful words for a mother to hear. A mother loves her children unconditionally and plays a pivotal role in shaping who they become. Yet a mother does not do this alone: most children are blessed with a host of people who love […]