Homemade Heart Lacing Cards

I printed out the heart lacing card template from jennyatdapperhouse to make these lacing cards out of carboard boxes we needed to recycle. You can also trace cookie cutters onto cardboard or foam sheets from the craft store to make your own lacing cards. My 7-year-old Nanny Kid spent hours coming up with different lacing […]

Cardboard Roll Heart Garland and Wreath

I found this cute idea by Jackie Currie on the cbc.ca web site. For young children you will need to do use the hot glue gun. But older children that are allowed to use a low heat glue gun can make the garland and wreath themselves. The kids can make the garland as short or […]

10 Valentine’s Day Books for Early Learners

Weekly Trip to the Library Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day books at a variety of reading levels for preschoolers to second graders. Why are they my favorite books? Because these are my Nanny Kids’ favorite books. Pick the appropriate books depending on your Nanny Kid’s level of reading. The child will enjoy […]

Red Velvet Muffins for Valentine’s Day

Cooking with Kids These red velvety muffins are soft, tender, and have an extra fudgy taste that makes you feel like you are eating dessert instead of breakfast. Red is the color of Valentine’s Day so use a whole small bottle of red food coloring.  Feel free to play around with this, starting with less […]

Heart Garland

Creative Wednesdays Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 as a celebration of romantic love. You can help the little ones left in your care make simple cards, write letters, or make inexpensive presents to give to their family and friends. Here is a simple decoration to make with your Nanny Kids to decorate their […]

Love You to Pieces Valentine’s Card

Creative Projects If you have puzzles with pieces missing this is the perfect Valentine’s project to make with your Nanny Kids. Otherwise, you can simply trace a few puzzle pieces onto Valentine’s colored paper and cut them out for this Valentine’s Day Card to make with kids of any age. You Will Need: Heavyweight Paper […]

Paper Woven Heart Hangers

Creative Wednesdays Kids love making Valentine’s Day crafts and sending Valentine’s Day cards. In the United States alone, about 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, not including the hundreds of millions of cards school children exchange. Here is how to make Paper Woven Heart Hangers for your Nanny Kids to hang on […]

Rainbow Heart Pop-Up Valentine’s Card

Creative Wednesdays Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks. I felt like I’ve made every type of Valentine’s Cards with my nanny kids over the decades I have worked as a nanny until I saw this video showing how to make an easy rainbow heart pop-up Valentine’s card. You Will Need: 1 Piece […]

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: […]

Heart Animal Valentine’s Cards

Creative Wednesdays Kids love making and receiving Valentine’s cards for Valentine’s Day on February 14. Make plenty of Valentine’s Day cards for family, classmates, and friends. We traced different sized heart-shaped cookie cutters on holiday colored construction paper to make these animal Valentine’s cards. Have the kids use their imaginations to use the different sized hearts to create animals. […]