8 Great Children’s Books About Flowers

As I prepare to do activities with flowers with my Nanny Kids this summer I found these great children’s books about flowers to read with them. Children and their parents always appreciate when nannies incorporate books into daily activities because it helps encourage a love of reading in children. You can purchase these books by […]

Clothespin Dragonflies

Here’s a cute project I found on the First Pallette web site. I always include children’s books that correspond with the projects we do. I read “Are You a Dragonfly?” by Judy Allen and “Fast Facts About Dragonflies” by Garstecki-Derkovitz while doing this project. My 7-year-old Nanny Kid clipped her pretty dragonflies on her bedroom […]

“Don’t Forget Our Troops” by Jill Biden

“Don’t Forget Our Troops” by Jill Biden beautiful book for children who’s loved one is serving in the military and a perfect read for any child during Memorial Day weekend. When a family member is serving in the military, it can be really difficult for children to understand and cope with the loss of a […]

Hot Glue Tin Foil Painting

For a Memorial Day craft project I had a 5-year-old paint an abstract American flag on tin foil. I used hot glue to make a box and lines on the tin foil for the child to paint inside the lines. Be sure to read children’s books about Memorial Day while doing this project. We recommend, […]

“My Friend Earth” by Patricia MacLachlan

“My Friend Earth” by Patricia MacLachlan is a beautiful picture book and a perfect book to read to children toddler to preschool and grade school for Earth Day. I love that “My Friend Earth” is an interactive format with kid-friendly art that engages young readers as they explore the book. “My Friend Earth” shows children […]

Earth Day Window Sun Catchers

Making sun catchers is an easy project to do with kids of any age. The 18-month-old toddler, 4-year-old, and 7-year-old I babysit for all love making sun catchers for every holiday and season. I find using self-adhesive laminating sheets easier than using contact paper. I recommend purchasing some self-adhesive laminating sheets by tapping the links […]

“Welcome to Consent” by Yumi Stynes and Dr. Melissa Kang

“Welcome to Consent” by Yumi Stynes and Dr. Melissa Kang is a chapter book written for older kids (approximately 10 years old and up) is a must-have for every home library. Understanding consent is important for people with all kinds of bodies, in all kinds of circumstances — from getting a haircut or letting the […]

Window Butterfly Sun Catchers

My Nanny Kids are addicted to making these simple, colorful sun catchers for every season and holiday. For spring, I printed out buttery templates (listed at bottom of page) and read children’s books about butterflies with the children in my care, (books listed below). Using self-adhesive laminating sheets is even easier than using contact paper […]

“Girls Think of Everything” by Catherine Thimmesh and Melissa Sweet

“Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” is a collection of truly inspirational short stories that recognize the inventions of ambitious women who overcame unfavorable odds to impact the world. Each chapter focuses on challenging problems that spark creative solutions that have changed, or promise to change, the world. Written and illustrated […]

10 Saint Patrick’s Day Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library Saint Patrick’s Day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. […]