Line Dropping

Art with Kids To help kids develop a love of art history this week I introduced my preschooler the works of Franz Kline. All children begin to express themselves by using line. Given a writing implement all kids scribble and upon examination of the lines the kids draw it is often possible to determine what […]

Flying Moody Ghosts

Wednesdays with Whitney The little three-year-old I care for is just learning to use scissors and to draw happy and sad faces. I took her new obsessions and had her cut out pieces of white paper into ghost shapes and then she drew happy, sad, sleeping and surprised faces on the ghosts. We glued the moody ghosts onto […]

Glue Ghosts

Wednesdays With Whitney Making organized crafts with toddlers can be frustrating sometimes because all they want to do is make giant blobs of glue piles. With this craft, you get to put that effort to good use and make a fun Halloween decoration in the mean time! Supplies Wax paper Glue Googly eyes Other small […]

Luminescent Frankenstein Lantern

Wednesdays With Whitney Yesterday was the 1st of October, which means Halloween fever has hit the nation! Everywhere you look there are pumpkins, witches, and ghouls…oh my! Get into the festive spirit with your little ones by making this original take on a classic Halloween figure — Frankenstein. Supplies: Empty jar Glow stick Black Marker […]

Nanny Love Message Board

Wednesdays with Whitney It’s National Nanny Recognition Week (NNRW)! Some recognize the week by a celebration dessert, others by a day at the spa. I think it’s important though to use NNRW to celebrate with your charges all the reasons you love being not only a nanny, but THEIR nanny! That’s exactly what this message […]

Spoon Painting

Wednesdays with Whitney Painting is such a great way to express yourself, but sometimes paintbrushes just don’t tell the whole story. I find that this unorthodox method of painting is a great way to help children express their high powered emotions, like anger or excitement. Try it out the next time your little one gets […]

Dry Erase Surfaces

dry erase board Wednesdays with Whitney Dry Erase boards are great for practicing letters, learning math, and playing games like tic tac toe over and over again. Plus, they’re mess free! Unfortunately, small dry erase boards get lost easily and large ones can be expensive. Try these alternatives for some everyday around the house fun! […]

Get Ready for School Checklist

Wednesdays With Whitney:  Helping Kids Do for Themselves   Children need to learn to take care of themselves. Talk to the child about personal cleanliness and why it is important. Together make a list of what needs to be done to clean themselves and get ready for school in the morning. Each morning they should […]

Fun With Chalk Series (Part 3)

Wednesdays with Whitney Nothing means summer more than baseball. Finish off the summer strong by putting that sidewalk chalk to yet another use before the summer ends! Baseball Having problems teaching the kids the logistics of baseball without bases? Use chalk to remedy the problem. 1. Start by drawing each base. Make home plate look […]

Fun With Chalk Series (Part 2)

Wednesdays with Whitney The kids are beginning to get bored with sidewalk chalk now that summer is nearing an end. Spice it up with this second installation of the Fun with Chalk Series. Race Car Track Why draw a smiley face or a beach scene when you can be drawing the race track of every […]