“Elmer’s Friends” by David McKee and Puppets

Creative Wednesdays David McKee’s most famous creation is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which is published in more than 40 languages. In Elmer’s Friends we learn about the spotty, stripy, tall, and long elephant named Elmer and meet all of Elmer’s very best friends! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is […]

“Prickly Hedgehogs!” by Jane McGuiness and Hedgehog Puppet

Creative Projects Read Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuiness and make a cute little hedgehog puppet who goes in and out of a cardboard toilet paper tube log. In Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuiness the sun has set, and Hedgehog’s day has only just begun. She’s out and about, snuffling through layers of leaves and twigs […]

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. […]

“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 […]

Read “Waiting for Wings” and Make Coffee Filter Butterflies

Creative Wednesdays The little ones I care for absolutely love making butterflies out of coffee filters. It’s one of the best boredom busters ever as they want to do this over and over for hours of fun. Plus, it is fascinating to learn how a worm-like caterpillar turn into a delicate creature with wings reading […]

“How to Catch a Leprechaun” and Make a Leprechaun Trap

Weekly Trip to the Library Irish folklore describes leprechaun as little fairies. Legend says they keep pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. Every Saint Patrick’s Day my Nanny Kids and I make leprechaun traps along with thousands of kids around the world. How to Catch a Leprechaun is a perfect children’s book for […]

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” By Eric Carle and Caterpillar Craft

Creative Wednesdays The Very Hungry Caterpillar features a caterpillar who eats his way through a wide variety of food before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. The winner of many children’s literature awards and a major graphic design award, it has sold almost 50 million copies worldwide. It has been described as having sold the […]

“Curious About Snow” by Gina Shaw

Weekly Trip to the Library In Curious About Snow this 8-inch by 8-inch non-fiction book answers the most basic questions about snow. When does it snow? Why is snow white? How do we know no two snowflakes are alike? (Hint: the proof is in the photographs, first made in the 1890s). With full-color photographs and […]

“Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister and Project

Weekly Trip to the Library The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic children’s book. The Rainbow Fish is vain and thinks he’s better than the other fish because he is so beautiful. He is lonely and without admirers until a wise female octopus advises him to give away his scales. The […]