Painted Fireworks

Creative Wednesdays Fourth of July means fireworks in America. Read “The Night Before the Fourth of July” by Amy Wummer then have your Nanny Kids make painted fireworks. To help keep the colors separated we made one toilet paper roll for each color of paint, (red, white, and blue). This craft is great because it […]

“The Ugly Duckling” and Swan Craft

Weekly Trip to the Library The Ugly Duckling is an infamous story by Hans Christian Anderson whose fairytales have become loved around the world, including The Little Match Girl and The Little Mermaid. Born different, The Ugly Duckling is mocked by his siblings, rejected by other ducks, and even shunned by his own mother. The […]

I’m Nuts About You Dad

Father’s Day Gift I love helping my Nanny Kids make Father’s Day Gifts for their Dad and Grandfathers. I don’t have to spend a dime to help the children make a card or gift to celebrate their father. I found these free labels at tarywhiteaker.com. Here’s how to make this simple tribute for your Dad […]

Patriotic Stars

Creative Wednesdays I found this patriotic craft idea from happinessishomemade blog. It’s a super easy way for the kids to decorate for a day off from school on Memorial Day this upcoming Monday. My Nanny Kids loved decorating the front of the crafts stick stars with glitter glue pens. You can purchase the products for […]

Give the Pigeon a Bath!

Creative Wednesdays My six-year-old Nanny Kid absolutely loves any book by Mo Willems. Her current favorite book by the beloved author is The Pigeon Needs a Bath!. So we just had to make a fun craft to correspond with her current obsession. We made a dirty paper pigeon on one side and a clean pigeon […]

“Memoirs of a Goldfish” by Devin Scillian with Fishbowl and Puppet Craft

Creative Wednesdays One of my favorite projects to with children is creating projects that correspond to their favorite books. The little girl I am currently caring for loves the adorable book, Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian. So I helped her make a paper plate fishbowl and puppets of the characters in the book. […]

Mother’s Day Flower Craft

Creative Wednesdays I like assisting my Nanny Kids in making Mother’s Day cards or gifts for their Mothers each year. This year one of my Nanny Kids wanted to use her pretty craft paper scraps to make pretty flowers for her mother. Here’s how we made this paper Mother’s Day Flower Craft. Please click here […]

Scissor Skills and Practicing Cutting

Creative Wednesdays It’s easy to make cutting worksheets on your own for your nanny kids. The photo shows some cutting strips I made myself. I simply drew lines, dashes, and dots on colorful paper with a permanent marker to draw lines where the kids should cut the paper. But if you prefer to print out […]

“Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book” and Puppet Project

Creative Wednesdays This is such a beautiful book and perhaps my favorite children’s book about changing seasons and the animals that live in a tree. Through a hole in the book’s cover of Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup, an owl invites us inside to meet a majestic tree and all its forest […]

Hanging Seasonal Trees

Creative Wednesdays It is spring here in the NorthEast and the trees are changing. Discuss how the trees look different in the changing seasons with the children in your care. The bare trees of winter are currently changing to have buds in the spring, which will grow leaves and fruit in the summer. As the […]