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: Puzzle Pieces […]

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. […]

Symmetry Valentine’s Heart

Creative Wednesdays Symmetry can be used to make Valentine’s Cards at an early age with this very simple art project. Explain to the little ones that if you cut something in half and both sides look exactly the same, they are symmetrical. Allow the children to experiment using different sized drops of paint and spaces […]

Healthy Heart-Shaped Treats and Paper Snowflakes for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Here in the northeast of America we are having a very snowy Valentine’s Day. Spending the bulk of our days indoor, as snow has been falling heavily outdoors, the kids and I made a beautiful paper snowflake garland with hearts in many of the snowflakes yesterday. If you have cabin fever and […]