Magnetic Putty

Magnet Science Adding an iron based compound to putty makes it magnetic. The secret ingredient that makes the putty magnetic is an iron oxide powder, which is ferric (magnetic). Ferric iron oxide is a fine powder used as black pigment and can be found at art stores. If your local artist supply store doesn’t carry […]

Blueberry Pierogis

Cooking for Kids My Nanny Family makes pierogis to teach the children a recipe that is part of their Polish heritage. You can fill them with fruits, cheese, potatoes, or meats and serve them for any meal during the day or for dessert. My nanny kids’ favorite filling is blueberries served hot with powdered sugar […]

Age-Appropriate Books to Discuss Hurricane Florence

Children’s Books About Hurricanes Reading children’s books is always a great way to discuss difficult topics with children. Today I am sharing some children’s books to help nannies, au pairs, and parents have age-appropriate discussions about hurricanes with children. I found these book reviews a year ago by Elizabeth Kennedy and Susan Larson during a […]

6 Children’s Books for Rosh Hashanah

Jewish New Year Book Reviews Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. If your nanny kids celebrate the Jewish New Year read some of the following children’s books with them. Have them make cards for friends and family, and make sweet treats and foods to symbolize a sweet new year. For example, your nanny kids […]

14 Books to Eat What You Read

Read Books About Food, Then Serve the Foods to the Kids Books are said to be nourishing for the soul. Make them nourishing to your nanny kids’ bodies as well by reading the following children’s books to them and serve them the foods discussed in the stories. 1. Stone Soup First published in 1947, this […]

Crepes

Cooking for Kids The kids I care for love this basic crepe recipe found in my Mom Boss’s family recipe book. It’s not hard to prepare but it does require time. She taught me to prepare the batter the day before making the crepes and let the batter sit in the fridge overnight. Whisk it […]

Science Detective

Fingerprinting Science Fingerprinting is one form of biometrics, a science that uses people’s physical characteristics to identify them. Fingerprints are ideal for this purpose because they are an inexpensive way to collect and analyze. They never change, even as people age. No two fingerprints are exactly alike and have been used in crime scene investigations. […]

7 Best Apps for Nannies

Products Nannies Love When I started working as a nanny 25-years ago everyone used a paper nanny log, (which was a pad and paper), to track how much a baby or child left in my care ate each day, their mood, and the activities we did. Two-and-a-half decades later, I just download an app on […]

Teach Kids About Child Labor Laws

Labor Day Children’s Books It is Labor Day weekend in the United States. Labor Day is celebrated in the on the first Monday of September. The U.S. established Labor Day as a federal holiday in 1894 following years of social unrest between laborers and employers. During the Industrial Revolution adults and children worked long, hard […]

Letter-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Cooking With Kids Letter-shaped cinnamon rolls are the perfect sweet treat for children. Made with Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and using an easy-to-follow technique, they are so simple to make. Open the Pillsbury cinnamon roll tube. Make the buns into the first letter in the children’s names and they will love making them with you to […]