Cardboard Box and Roll Maze

Creative Wednesday This is a very easy project to make with recyclable products that promote creativity and helps develop motor skills. We made a simple maze that preschoolers will enjoy. But you can easily make it harder for older kids by adding numbers to the tubes in the order the ball needs to go through […]

I Love You Maaaa!

Mother’s Day Card After working as a nanny for over 25-years it’s hard trying to find new ideas for Mother’s Days cards and gifts to make with my nanny kids for their mothers. But I found this adorable lamb idea at the craftymorning blog. It would be perfect to make with white paint on dark […]

6 Activities to Do with “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”

Weekly Trip to the Library Author Bill Martin, Jr. was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom […]

Walking Water Science

Creative Wednesdays Here’s an easy science experiment with simple ingredients found in everyone’s kitchen. We found that cheap, non-absorbent paper towels actually work better. Try the experiment with different types of paper products (such as napkins or toilet paper) and glass containers (such as test tubes or mason jars) to see which works best. You […]

Valentine’s Day Puzzle

Valentine’s Day Project Kids love Valentine’s Day, puzzles, and learning to count. Combine the love of the holiday and learning with this super easy project. You Will Need: Popsicle sticks Duct tape Red and black markers Heart cookie cutter Straight edge What to Do: Line up 10 popsicle sticks with a ruler or straight edge. […]

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Creative Wednesday This is an easy project to do with your nanny kids of any age this holiday season. Allow the children to decide if they want place the Christmas lights in random order or in a pattern. Older kids can write a holiday greeting and sign the cards themselves. I found this project on […]

Witches Hat Ring Toss

Creative Halloween Project This ring toss game was a hit at our elementary school Harvest Festival. Use a colored foam board or wooden plank for the base. Then make witches hats from construction paper or jut buy some party hats at the party store and paint them black. Keep the ring toss to use every […]

Firework Rings

Fourth of July Craft I’m not sure where I first saw this simple Fourth of July craft but I have been making it for years with my nanny kids. Any aged child — from preschool to teen — can make these easy, inexpensive rings in just a few minutes.  Experiment cutting the pipe cleaners in […]

Father’s Day Shirt Cards

Creative Wednesdays Fathers Day is on the third Sunday of June in America. You don’t need to buy expensive gifts for your employer for Father’s Day. Instead, make this very simple and inexpensive card with the kids to give to their father. You Will Need: Brightly Colored Card Stock Buttons Scissors Glue Ruler Pencil What […]

Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Creative Wednesdays This is one of the easiest ways to make beautiful Easter eggs. Although food coloring is not toxic and won’t hurt the children, it will make clean up easier if you protect the work surface, have plenty of paper towels available, have a garbage bag close by, and have the kids wear rubber […]