Ice Cream Chore Chart

Wednesdays with Whitney Introducing chore charts to little ones can sometimes be difficult. All the check marks, words, and undefined rewards can be complicated for a three- or four-year old. A much better approach involves lots of relatable visuals and clearly defined (and realistic) rewards. The Ice Cream Chart explained below is a perfect combination of these […]

Painting With Bubble Wrap

Wednesdays Projects Today’s craft was much more about the process than the final product. The unusual texture of bubble wrap is fun to touch and this activity gives little ones an excuse to do it for hours at a time. Supplies Bubble wrap Paint (washable tempura paint) Paper Directions 1. Simply add the paint to the […]

Making Spring Forsythia Blossoms

Creative Wednesdays By Stephanie Felzenberg One of the first blossoms in Spring in New Jersey are the yellow forsythia bush blossoms. In California and other warm-winter areas, forsythia may bloom in January, while here in New Jersey and in Iowa it typically blooms in mid-April. The three-year-old I care for full-time loves all flowers and […]

Watching Tulips Grow Without Soil

Science Project to Do with Kids Breathe a little fresh color into the home you work in by doing this simple science project without the mess of potting soil or dirt. Bulbs generally contain all the nutrients required for blooming, although they still need water to grow blooms. Bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, amaryllis, and lilies grow without […]

Blowing and Painting Easter Eggs

Wednesdays with Whitney I always thought that blowing eggs was only for old women who had nothing else better to do than craft beautiful and delicate eggs. Turns out I was wrong! Blowing eggs is a great Easter activity for ages three and up. Kids will love seeing the egg ooze out. Add in some paints […]

Follow the Leprechaun Foot Prints

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun   Here’s a fun activity the kids will love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. All you need to do is cut out foot prints from green construction paper or spray your footprints in the snow with green water. Then hide small treasures of gold coin candy around the house or yard. Sprinkle the footprints as a trail […]

Rainbow Toast for St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means that those sneaky leprechauns are on their way! Perhaps you can keep them from tearing through the house with a colorful snack which will catch their eye. This rainbow toast is a great distractor for those tiny green disasters, […]

Baking Cup Flowers

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang We’re in that terrible last stretch of winter. Everything is so cold and dreary looking – it’s no wonder so many people suffer from seasonal depression. Brighten up your day with these colorful baking cup flowers. Below are directions on making these flowers for a cork board, but you […]

Boogie Bucket

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang This time of year everyone is getting sick. Whether it be the flu, a sinus infection, or just the common cold, kids everywhere are coughing and sneezing. Help the little ones you nanny do something special for their sick friends by making a Boogie Bucket. This twist on a […]

Making a Valentine’s Stenciled Sign with Kids

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang Valentine’s Day is only a month away and the aisles are already stocked with meaningless boxes of cardboard valentines. Don’t be distracted by the cute candy hearts this year. Instead, make the kids you care for something that they will cherish for a lifetime. Make them a stenciled sign […]