“Shante Keys and the New Years Peas” by Gail Piernas-Davenport

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport is a story of diversity and traditions that children will really enjoy. Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Black-eyed beans represent good luck. Shante doesn’t want bad luck without them! […]

Struffoli Honey Balls

Struffoli is a holiday favorite in Italy. I found this struffoli recipe on the nonnabox.com web site. I wanted to try to make a holiday recipe using the amazing local honey from Javelin Bee Products for the children I care for to enjoy on New Year’s Eve. The web site explains that the authentic struffoli […]

Happy New Year Hats

As New Year’s Eve approaches making these party hats with children is a lot of fun. I let the children I care for decorate six different hat designs. Click the links below to print the different paper hat templates. Click here to see the template for Party Hat #1. Click here for Party Hat #2. […]

“The Stars Will Shine” by Cynthia Rylant

Weekly Trip to the Library The Stars Will Still Shine serves as a reassuring reminder that good things are always around the corner. After a year of coronavirus there is no better book to read with your Nanny Kids start the new year off right. Written in response to troubled times by one of the […]

Ginger Ale & Ice Cream Egg Nog

New Year’s Eve For Kids While adults enjoy specialty cocktails and champagne for New Year’s Eve, children deserve to enjoy a specialty (non-alcoholic) drink as they countdown for the new year. This is a fun ginger ale and ice cream, non-alcoholic egg nog for a special occasion like New Year’s Eve for the kids. Let’s […]

New Year’s Eve Hats

Creative Wednesdays Although my Nanny Family and I are not attending New Year’s Eve parties due to social distancing during the pandemic, the children deserve to celebrate the New Year with their family! I found some simple New Year’s Eve hats for my nanny kids to decorate at the merrimentdesign web site. It’s best to […]

New Year’s Eve Noise Maker

Creative Project 2020 used to be the term that meant perfect vision. Now, for many, it will be remembered as one off the toughest years of their lives. This week I’m helping my Nanny Kids get ready to ring in a new year by making crafts and hats (stop by to see how to make […]

New Year’s Countdown Goodie Bags

New Year’s Eve Fun with Kids Grab a few party favors from the party store to give to the kids each hour on New Year’s Eve. Or, write an activity you would like each child to do on a piece of paper and place an activity inside each bag. I have listed some ideas below. […]

Countdown on New Year’s Eve

Pop The Balloon Create tons of anticipation and excitement for the kids as you countdown to the New Year on New Year’s Eve. Each hour have each child pop a balloon and complete the activity written on a piece of paper inside the balloon. I use the same color balloon for each child to make […]