Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Thanksgiving is almost here making it the perfect time to read Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano with the children left in your care. Turkey Trouble is a funny look at a turkey who is trying not to be the Thanksgiving table’s centerpiece. He attempts a number of disguises to blend in with some of the […]

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

I love homemade cranberry sauce and wanted to try to use an Instapot to make it for Thanksgiving. I found this amazing recipe on the southernliving web site. Click here to see three cranberry sauce recipes I made on the stovetop. You Will Need: Instant Pot2 (10-oz.) pkg. fresh or frozen cranberries1 cup packed light […]

Thanksgiving Maracas

Make some music with these colorful maracas crafted from recycled toilet paper rolls. Allow the children you care for decorate their maracas with typical Thanksgiving autumn colors and decorations. This project is a great sensory activity for young children. You Will Need: Toilet paper rollsDuct tape Construction paper in autumn colors Rice or small beadsGlue […]

Read “Too Many Pumpkins” and Make a Pumpkin Using Scissor Skills

It’s pumpkin season! I used an orange marker to make dashes on orange paper for the kids to practice using their scissor skills. Then, we made these little pumpkins with the orange strips of paper. Be sure to read Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White with the children while they make these pumpkins. You Will […]

Thanksgiving Wreath

Creative Wednesday With Thanksgiving tomorrow there’s no better time to help kids appreciate all they have. Each year I have my Nanny Kids make a Thankful Wreath. When I first ask children about what they are thankful for they often just rattle off a list of all the toy. Being thankful for material possessions is a […]

“Cranberry Thanksgiving” by Wende and Harry Devlin and Make Cranberry Bread

Weekly Trip to the Library For kids who love a good mystery, the book Cranberry Thanksgiving is a treaure.  Maggie and her Grandmother are inviting guests for Thanksgiving dinner and serving their famous cranberry bread made from a secret recipe.  But when the recipe turns up missing, they suspect one of their guests is the […]

Turkey Cookies for Thanksgiving

Cooking for Kids My Nanny Kids don’t like the traditional Thanksgiving desserts of pumpkin and apple pie. So I found these adorable and delicious turkey cookies to make for the children I care for at CrazyLittleProjects web site for Thanksgiving. Let the kids help you make and decorate these cute cookies. The link to buy […]

Footprint and Handprint Turkey

Creative Wednesdays I have been making this simple Thanksgiving craft annually with my Nanny Kids for 25 years. Allow the children to do as many parts of the craft that they can do safely. For example, I trace their hands and feet and cut out the shapes for toddlers, but older children can do the […]

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Weekly Trip to the Library Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving is the true story of Thanksgiving. It includes both the story of slavery and plague, as well the generosity of the Thanksgiving Americans have been celebrating for almost 400 years. This is a biography about Squanto written by Joseph Bruchac, an author […]

Turkey Math

Creative Wednesday Using flash cards to teach my nanny kids math can get so tedious and boring. But when it comes to learning arithmetic — practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication tables over and over again is really essential. Make learning fun with this Thanksgiving-themed math project for the kids. Adjust the math problems to the […]