35 Quick Summer Activities

Keeping Kids Busy on Long, Hot Summer Days During the long, hot days of summer nannies don’t need to rely on electronics and video games to entertain the kids. Here are more than one month’s worth of easy activities to do with the kids. 1. Find an object in the house that begins with each letter […]

Sea Shell Hair Pins

Creative Wednesdays Who doesn’t love summertime and days spent at the beach with the kids? Part of each day spent at the beach my charges scan the shore for sea shell treasures. These nautical hair pins are easy and inexpensive to make but don’t let little kids use the glue. Let your favorite mermaids pick out their […]

End of Summer Water Fun

Sprinkler Games Even if kids don’t have a pool in their backyard there is still time to get them outside and play in the water to cool off during the end of summer heat and humidity. Running through the sprinkler is tons of fun but adding these fun games will engage the kids for hours. […]

Painting With Colored Ice

colored ice finger paint Colors and Creativity Flow With Exciting New Art MaterialsBy Scholastic Children use fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and creative expression as they paint with colorful ice cubes. Invite children to help you make frozen paint-brushes. Fill two to four ice-cube trays with warm water. Using different colors, add a teaspoon of powdered tempera […]

Are You Taking the Kids to Any Museums This Summer?

Keep Learning this Summer Keep the kids learning all summer long by visitng the library and taking field trips.Together, you and the child can decide on weekly themes and try these ideas. Borrow a library book about the child’s favorite topics such as oceans or outer space. For example, you might read The Ocean Alphabet […]

I’m Bored! Take a Hike, Have a Scavenger Hunt

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs: “I’m Bored!” by Suzy Barratt and Polly Beard   I’m Bored: Over 100 Inspiring & Imaginative Ideas for Hours of Fun With Your Kids is a detailed guide to more than a hundred games, all of which could be played using day-to-day household items. The book […]

Flag Day for Nannies and Au Pairs

What Are You Doing for Flag Day? Flag Day recognizes the June day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the official flag of the United States. Flag Day is always June 14th. The red color symbolizes hardiness and courage, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance and […]

Flag Jell-O Mold 

Products Nannies and Au Pairs Love Kids love jell-o. Use this JELL-O American Flag Mold to make a great dessert for any  American federal holiday.  What to Do: 1. Add 1-1/2 cups boiling water to dry berry blue gelatin mix in medium bowl. Stir at least 2-minutes until gelatin is dissolved. Dissolve dry red gelatin mix […]

Make the Trip to the Zoo a Summer Learning Experience

Once at Home from the Zoo All this week we shared fun ways to help kids learn when taking a trip to the zoo this summer. Once back at home from the zoo, allow the kids to finish their Zoo Books. Ask the kids what were their favorite animals at the zoo and help them […]

Preventing Summer Slide at the Zoo

Be a Zoo Detective Using Zoo Checklists and Zoo Scavenger Hunts We have been discussing ways to make going to the zoo with the kids this summer a learning experience. First, we recommended reading books about the zoo and a corresponding art project. Next, we suggest visiting the zoo web site and print out maps […]