“Snakes” by Gail Gibbons and Hanging Pattern Snake

Weekly Trip to the Library There are about 3,000 kinds of snakes. Snakes by Gail Gibbons shares information about the different functions of these cold-blooded animals’ physical characteristics. Snakes teaches children how they live, how they give birth (most lay eggs, some give birth to live babies), and how they eat (they swallow their prey […]

Swirling Paper Plate Ghost

Creative Wednesdays I found this super easy and inexpensive Halloween craft at easypeasyandfun. Depending on the age of the child they can make the project by themselves or you can help them where needed. But let them draw the expressions on the ghosts. Make a bunch of swirling ghosts and hang them on a porch, […]

Craft Stick Halloween Characters

Creative Wednesdays It’s October so time to start preparing for my Nanny Kid’s favorite holiday — Halloween. They look forward to dressing up and pretending to be spooky characters. Here’s an easy craft to start the silly holiday season off with your nanny kids. We made a Frankenstein, Mummy, Jack-O-Lantern, Ghost, and Black Cat. You […]

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington and Making Leaf Rubbings

Weekly Trip to the Library One of the most visible indicators of autumn are falling leaves. In My Leaf Book a little girl gathers leaves. She uses the leaves to create prints and rubbings and adds them to her own leaf book. My Leaf Book is a delightful way to encourage children to identify leaves. […]

Homemade Kazoos

Creative Wednesdays A kazoo is a very simple musical instrument, made up of a hollow pipe with a hole in it. They may be simple, but these little noisemakers are a great way to explore sound with kids. In this activity have the kids investigate how kazoos work by building their own. Thin plastic, waxed […]

Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson and Craft

Weekly Trip to the Library I love making arts and crafts that correspond to a children’s book that I read to my Nanny Kids. This week we read a cute book with frogs as the main characters and made some paper plate frogs. In Leap Back Home to Me a little frog’s first leap out […]

Inspiring Sea Shells

Creative Wednesdays Painted rocks with kind messages were all the rage this summer in our neighborhood. Although the kids had to keep their distance during the pandemic they left rocks with inspirational messages on them at their curb to inspire neighbors who passed by. If you are at the beach or by the shore take […]

Cupcake Liner Flowers

Mother’s Day Card Here’s a simple craft project to use as a boredom buster anytime of the year. These festive paper flowers are easy to make and inexpensive too. Kids will have fun trying to decide what centers (mini muffin liners) to pair with which petals (the large muffin liners). There really wasn’t a wrong […]

Inspiring Painted Rocks

Creative Wednesdays Painted rocks are all the rage. Inspired by the kindness rock project my nanny kids and I painted rocks and left inspiring messages at their curbside for neighbors to see as they walk by their house while getting fresh air and exercise during social distancing. You don’t need to buy the kits sold […]

Tin Foil Easter Eggs

Creative Wednesday I am trying new ways to get my Nanny Kids in an Easter mindframe. This is a super easy way to make some shiny Easter eggs for the kids to hang on a bulletin board. You Will Need: Aluminum Foil Safety Scissors Sharpie Markers (many colors) What to Do: 1. Protect the work […]