Butterfly Suncatchers

This recycled craft is a simple and clever way to teach children about primary and secondary colors while recycling empty paper tubes. I allowed the children to decorate the craft sticks and choose what colored wings they wanted on their butterflies. But I used a glue gun to make all the wings without the kids […]

“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle and Craft

“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle is a classic children’s book which makes a great gift for children and their fathers. Its perfect gift for Father’s Day. It’s a great story showing how fathers take care of their young. “Mister Seahorse” is a stunning book with acetate pages that hide fish behind rocks and reeds. As […]

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

This is a non-toxic and washable, three ingredient art supply for some summer fun. Children can paint on their driveway and once this sidewalk chalk paint dries the colors are vibrant and beautiful. We used this beautiful food coloring. We didn’t use filters for these photos! We experimented with the recipe. The children in my […]

“Put Me in the Zoo” and Spot Craft

I remember loving the book, “Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire and “I Want to Be Somebody New!” as a child so of course I love reading these books with the children In my care. A preschooler and first grader I babysit for enjoyed making their own Spot because “Put Me in the […]

“Moms are Like Buttons, They Hold Everything Together” Mother’s Day Card

I love that my 7-year-old nanny kid found this phrase to use her craft buttons with to make her mother this cute Mother’s Day card. Allow your Nanny Kids to make any design they want with buttons while using this phrase. This is how my little one I care for made flowers out of buttons […]

Bunny Ears Hat

What kid doesn’t like bunnies — especially when Easter is right around the corner? I found this project at beafunmum.com and the 7-year-old child I care for made these bunny ears hat out of a paper plate all by herself. If you want the hat to be a snug fit for a particular child’s head, […]

Paper Bunny Purse

Children don’t have to celebrate Easter to love bunnies. This is a simple crafts to make with little ones they can wear as a purse or hang in their bedroom or playroom as a decoration. I found this idea at http://mermagblog.com/diy-bunny-paper-plate-purse/ You Will Need: Two Paper PlatesSafety ScissorsMarkers and CrayonsStaplerHot Glue GunRibbon or YarnHole Punch […]

Perler Beads

As this photo shows, one of my Nanny Kids loves Perler Beads. She spends hours and hours making beautiful patterns. For children with great fine motor skills Perler Beads are the best boredom buster ever. The girl in my care used the Sunny Days Perler Beads Kit, Perler Beads Flower Madness, and Perler Sunny Days […]

Playing Dress Up with “Collage Workshop for Kids” by Shannon Merenstein

Collage Workshop for Kids: Rip, snip, cut, and create with inspiration from The Eric Carle Museum by Shannon Merenstein is an excellent resource for caregivers and is a pleasure to share with children from toddlers to primary school-age children. Artist Shannon Merenstein wrote the book with the art educators from the Eric Carle Museum. Eric […]

“Fiona Flamingo” by Rachael Urrutia Chu and Craft

My favorite activity to do with children is help them make a craft or do a fun activity that corresponds to their favorite children’s books. My Nanny Kid loves Fiona Flamingo by Rachael Urrutia Chu and enjoyed made her own Fiona with paper plates and colorful tissue paper. There is also a Fiona Flamingo Coloring […]