“The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin” by Martha Seif Simpson and Make a Dreidel Craft

Weekly Trip to the Library The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah is a folklore-inspired tale. In this story, a magical dreidel just won’t spin for greedy, spoiled children. The shopkeeper wonders: will it spin for another child — one who carries the true spirit of Hanukkah in his heart? The Dreidel […]

Holiday Cardboard Picture Frames

Creative Wednesdays I typically buy a wooden frame for the children to decorate and put a photo in for a winter holiday gift for their parents. But this year I wanted to try to make the frames myself by recycling cardboard boxes from deliveries. If you care for older siblings this is a great project […]

Kugel for Hanukkah? By Gretchen M. Everin

Weekly Trip to the Library I love giving my Nanny Kids children’s books as gifts for the holidays. This makes a great book to give to children for Hanukkah but also fun to read to children of any faith. After reading this bright and cheerful book with your Nanny Kids make this noodle kugel recipe […]

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 […]

10 Best Hanukkah Children’s Books

Books Make the Best Holiday Gifts I think books are the best holiday gifts nannies can give to the children that are left in their care. Not only will the children and their parents enjoy the books, they are affordable for nannies or au pairs on a budget. Books are quality gifts because a love […]

Hanukkah Gingerbread Houses

Hanukkah Projects One of my favorite projects to do with the kids in the winter is decorate a gingerbread house. I never thought of gingerbread houses as religious but more of a winter project. But, typically nannies make them around Christmas time. If your nanny kids haven’t made a gingerbread house with you yet simply […]

Monogramed Gift Mugs

Homemade Holiday Gifts You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give personalized handmade gifts this holiday season. You can find nice mugs at the dollar store and oil based Sharpie markers and large monogram stickers at any craft store. Older school-aged children can help make these gift mugs using the first letter […]

Puzzles Make Great Holiday Gifts

Inexpensive, Quality Gifts for Kids It’s time to buy gifts for the holidays. When choosing gifts for the kids you care for quality is more important than quantity and certainly quality doesn’t have to mean toys are expensive. One of the best learning toys we can share with kids are puzzles. Not only are there […]

The Tzedakah Box: Spirit of Giving for Hanukkah

No Matter Their Religion, Teach Kids About Charity: Make a Tzedakah Box With Hanukkah starting this Tuesday at sundown, this is the perfect time to make tzedakah boxes with your charges. In modern Hebrew tzedakah refers to charity – giving to those in need. Giving tzedakah in Judaism is not voluntary, it’s considered an act of […]

What Was the Best Holiday Gift From Your Employers?

Holiday Gift: What to Give Your Nanny? A few years ago we were quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article asking, “What to Give Nanny?” The author recommended that parents give their child’s nanny cash for a holiday gift. But, there were some other ideas too. Here is the article: When I asked our family’s tutor […]