Card Games for Family Holiday Gifts

Products Nannies Love I’m finding card games are a great boredom buster while the kids and I are forced to remain socially distant during the pandemic. Some of the most enjoyable memories I have are playing cars games with family and friend. Thats why I will be giving the inexpensive gift of card games this […]

“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 […]

Top 9 Wooden Gifts for Children

Holiday Gift Giving for Nannies Nannies and au pairs don’t need to spend a fortune on giving gifts to their Nanny Kids. Instead, nannies and au pairs should keep to a budget by choosing quality gifts, rather than expensive gifts, for the children in their care. Wooden toys make great gifts as they are usually […]

Valentine’s Linzer Cookies

Cooking for Families Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to make traditional Raspberry Linzer Cookies for Valentine’s Day. Made and photographed by mother and former nanny Heather Marinkovich, this is not an easy cookie recipe to make, but the cookies are well worth the effort! The original recipe was found on the americanheritagecooking website. You Will Need: […]

Holiday Hot Drink Stirrers

Inexpensive Gifts and Treats In an attempt to make inexpensive holiday gifts with my Nanny Kids this year, we made these adorable hot chocolate or coffee stirrers. We used ingredients that we thought would make a mug of hot chocolate or coffee taste better. Wrap them up in cellophane and add a ribbon for holiday […]

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Creative Wednesday This is an easy project to do with your nanny kids of any age this holiday season. Allow the children to decide if they want place the Christmas lights in random order or in a pattern. Older kids can write a holiday greeting and sign the cards themselves. I found this project on […]

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 […]

Choose Holiday Gifts that Encourage Quality Play

How to Promote Quality Play When choosing gifts for children the holiday season it’s best to choose simple toys that promote quality play. According to the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play quality play promotes creativity, language development, physical development, thinking skills, and social skills. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood recommends avoiding […]

Giving Holiday Gifts on a Budget

How Much are You Spending on Gifts This Holiday Season? When you are strapped for money but want to give holiday gifts make a list of how much you want to spend per person. First, check the Internet for the best prices for stores that are close to you. Making the list and determining your […]