Christmas Tree Crayons

Creative Wednesday Don’t throw out little crayon pieces that are too small for the kids to hold on to. Use them to create big, chunky crayons. We made multi-colored chunky Christmas tree crayons but you can make solid colored crayons if you prefer. We even wrapped some up to give as gifts to our friends. Melting crayons […]

Dinosaur Feet

Creative Wednesday Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Girls and boys of all ages love dinosaurs. Intense interests (like in dinosaurs) are a big confidence booster for kids. So if your nanny kids like dinosaurs encourage the passion. Make these easy dinosaur feet by saving some empty rectangle tissue boxes to use to make this project. You […]

Picture Crossword Puzzle

Creative Wednesday Make a fun crossword puzzle using pictures as clues instead of words. You don’t need to use a computer to make the crossword puzzle. Make the crossword puzzle using graph paper and markers. I found this project in 365 Art and Craft Activities. Depending on the age of your nanny kids include sight […]

Clover Necklaces, Bracelets and Tiaras

Creative Wednesdays My Nanny Family’s yard is full of blooming clover. So I taught my nanny kids how to make clover chains. We picked blooming clovers with long stems to make jewelry. One of my nanny kids even made up her own way to make clover chains. Her video instructions are included below. Braid Chain […]

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

Creative Wednesdays I thought I had tried making all kinds of eggs working as a nanny for the past 25-years until I heard about melting crayons on hot boiled eggs. First, I let the kids sprinkle crayons shavings onto eggs. Then they used crayons to draw on hot eggs. Drawing on hot eggs works much […]

Valentine Emojis

Creative Wednesdays For more than 23-years of making Valentine Cards with my nanny kids I needed a new idea I hadn’t tried before. The brilliant 7-year-old I care for thought of making these cute Valentine emojis. You Will Need: Yellow Card Stock Paper Red and Black Construction Paper Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter Safety Scissors Pencil Glue […]

Shaving Cream Marbleized Paper

Creative Wednesdays It’s winter here in New Jersey and I need to keep my six-year-old nanny kid busy indoors. We decided to make marbleized stationary to use for birthday cards and thank you notes. There are tons of different ways to marbleized paper but the kiddo I care for just loves playing with shaving cream […]

Holiday Cookie Kits

Holiday Fun I love making sugar and gingerbread cookies with the kids for the holidays. But now that my nanny kids are in school we don’t have as much time to mix, roll out, and bake cookies before decorating them. That’s why I was so excited to find holiday cookie decorating kits. Unlike some gingerbread […]

Thanksgiving Story Bracelet

Creative Project This is a bracelet for the kids to wear in which each bead represents a part of the Thanksgiving story. The bracelet is a visual cue to help the kids remember the first Thanksgiving. The colored beads will help them retell the story. You Will Need:Pipe Cleaners Beads: White – Represents Sails Blue […]

Turkey Brown Paper Bag Puppet

Thanksgiving Craft I found this super easy Thanksgiving puppet project to do with the kids on hugsarefun blog. You can cut out the shapes to make the turkey for little kids or let older children trace and cut out the shapes themselves. Here’s what to do: You Will Need: Brown Paper Lunch Bag Pencil Safety […]