“Too Many Carrots,” Origami, Carrot Cookies, and Worksheets

Lesson Plans Too Many Carrots is such a cute story about kindness all children love. Rabbit loves carrots and that’s a big problem! In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his animal friends offer to help, they’re just […]

Corn Starch Play Dough

The best nannies have projects and back up projects to do with the children each day so that the kids never get bored. This is one of the quickest boredom busters and easiest play dough recipes I have ever made. I love it because already had the ingredients in the kitchen. Click here to see […]

No Mess Finger Painting

Finger painting using a Ziploc bag is a colorful, no mess sensory activity for kids of all ages. No mess finger painting is so easy with no time consuming clean up necessary. Trace letters and stamp blocks onto the paint sensory bag. I use two primary colors per bag and allow the child to mix […]

Cardboard Roll Butterflies

I found this easy project on the patchwork parent blog. For little kids I recommend putting primary colored paint close to each other on a paper plate so they can play with mixing the primary colors to make secondary colors when making these butterflies. Older children can decorate the tubes with paint and markers in […]

Sea Shell Necklaces

All children love hunting for beautiful sea shells along the beach. Here is an easy way to save the children’s favorite sea shells they gathered at the shore this summer. Click here to see some other projects I have made with children with their sea shells collections. You Will Need: Small Shells1 Cup of Flour1/2 […]

“Are You a Bee?” and Honeybee Bubblewrap Painting

Lesson Plans Many people are afraid of bees but honey bees are incredible. Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries shows that — from the perspective of a honeybee — the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive. […]

I’m Nuts About You Dad

Father’s Day Gift I love helping my Nanny Kids make Father’s Day Gifts for their Dad and Grandfathers. I don’t have to spend a dime to help the children make a card or gift to celebrate their father. I found these free labels at tarywhiteaker.com. Here’s how to make this simple tribute for your Dad […]

Patriotic Stars

Creative Wednesdays I found this patriotic craft idea from happinessishomemade blog. It’s a super easy way for the kids to decorate for a day off from school on Memorial Day this upcoming Monday. My Nanny Kids loved decorating the front of the crafts stick stars with glitter glue pens. You can purchase the products for […]

Scissor Skills and Practicing Cutting

Creative Wednesdays It’s easy to make cutting worksheets on your own for your nanny kids. The photo shows some cutting strips I made myself. I simply drew lines, dashes, and dots on colorful paper with a permanent marker to draw lines where the kids should cut the paper. But if you prefer to print out […]

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 […]