Luminescent Frankenstein Lantern

Wednesdays With Whitney Yesterday was the 1st of October, which means Halloween fever has hit the nation! Everywhere you look there are pumpkins, witches, and ghouls…oh my! Get into the festive spirit with your little ones by making this original take on a classic Halloween figure — Frankenstein. Supplies: Empty jar Glow stick Black Marker […]

Spoon Painting

Wednesdays with Whitney Painting is such a great way to express yourself, but sometimes paintbrushes just don’t tell the whole story. I find that this unorthodox method of painting is a great way to help children express their high powered emotions, like anger or excitement. Try it out the next time your little one gets […]

Outdoor Water Activity: Bike Wash

Wednesday with Whitney Water play is key during hot summer days. Keep the kids cool with this fun water activity published by Parents Magazine. Invite all the kids in the neighborhood to bring their trikes, scooters, and strollers along too. What You Need: Bike, trike, or even a bunch of small matchbox cars Washable markers Buckets […]

Summer Science: Making Floam

Creative Wednesdays Incorporating learning into the summer benefits the children. If done properly, the kids will will be having so much fun they won’t know they are having lessons at home. Making Floam is a great science lesson and is a great medium for kids to create with when they are tired of the same […]

Alphabet Cookies for Summer Learning

Wednesdays with Whitney Summer is a wonderful time, but with it comes the “Summer Slide.” Learning slips and even basic knowledge takes a vacation. This is especially true with preschoolers and kindergartners who are just learning their letters, counting, and the like. Making alphabet cookies is a sweet way to keep learning in the home […]

Summer Igloos

Wednesdays with Whitney The best part about summer by far is the warm weather, allowing us to spend oodles of time outside with the kiddos. However, the worst part about summer is also the warm weather! In some places, the temperatures can reach up to the 100’s on a daily basis. Definitely NOT the type […]

Summer Journal

Wednesdays with Whitney Now that school is letting out the kids have the whole summer ahead of them to run through sprinklers, hunt for fairies, and drip delicious popsicles all over the newly painted patio!  Summer is a wonderful time to lose track of…well, time. However, when the summer comes to a close you want […]

Making a Birthday Book of Knowledge

Wednesdays with Whitney: Celebrating Knowledge In their book, Playwise, Denise Chapman Weston and Mark S. Weston explain that children have a natural appetite for information and that their caregivers must nurture their curiosity in order for them to enjoy acquiring knowledge. After reading their book it is clear that nannies help parents prepare the ground […]

How to Make Silly Putty

Creative Projects Recipe By James Clinard for About.com, Photos by Stephanie Felzenberg One of my charges loves doing science experiments at home and asked if we would make Silly Putty last week. Since Whitney is still on her honeymoon I decided to share this project with our readers today. Whenever making arts and crafts or science experiments […]

Reflecting Rainbows: A Mirror Can Create a Magical Rainbow

Wednesday Projects  By Stephanie Felzenberg, Nanny and Editor of Be the Best Nanny Blog Creating rainbows and dancing them around the room is both magical and scientific. With adult supervision, children can create a rainbow with a small mirror and a clear glass of water. We found this fun science project in 365 Ways to a Smarter […]