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Pretend play is a vital part of a child’s development. Activities that encourage children to “make-believe” and explore their creativity is not only fun; it also helps develop essential life skills they can use growing up. In this blog we will look at some amazing imaginary playspace ideas kids will love! Imaginative play is an activity that allows the child to play a character and act out experiences that capture their...
Looking for a quick treasure map and some easy craft ideas for kids?  All of the arts and crafts ideas below are easy to do, don't worry! They require no more than cardboard, scissors, elastic, glue or tape and crayons or paints, and all look great on the wall (or on the child!) N.B. Some of these ideas have been designed with an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and working as a nanny or governess job  environment in...
Here's a chance to up your arts and crafts game and inspire your kids with an amazing fairy door activity. Making elf or fairy doors is an easy and creative activity to keep you and your kids busy. Why not try it during the winter months, by a warm, cosy fire on a cold or snowy afternoon. They are great fun to make, will impress your charge's parents, and provide many a photo opportunity. And don't forget, working together...
Need inspiration for original and eye-catching displays and activities for kids of all ages? This week we spoke to primary school teacher Mrs Dunn , who shared some fabulous arts and crafts activities with us. Read on for more on her original ideas and our interview with her. Hello, Mrs Dunn! First of all, could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background? Hi there! My name’s Julia...
Are your kids obsessed with Minecraft? The Creeper Head is straightforward and great fun to make with your kids. Find out how we did it in six easy steps!   Step one: Gather your materials Assemble the troops   Raid the art cupboard or get yourself to the crafts store. You will require: A cardboard box, suitably sized to fit over your charge’s head. We used one that a toaster came in Dark...
If you're a VIP nanny , birthdays and Christmas present a common conundrum. Children in wealthy families seem to have everything they need at an early age. So if you’re working as a governess, nanny, tutor, or governor, this can make birthdays, Christmas, and special occasions something of an issue. How do I find them something thoughtful that they don’t have already? Something that the parents will see and nod at because...
If it’s a family member’s birthday and you want to make a special gift, try this finger paint ‘silhouette’ craft. It’s easy to do, a chance to get messy, and a wonderful gift for a birthday card, a Christmas present or a Valentine’s Day surprise. And because it’s finger painting, your charges will enjoy making this craft too. Try to get some photos of them in the process to accompany the end...
We have all been locked inside our home for months now. As nannies, we are responsible for continuing our charges' education and giving them activities that are fun and safe. You and the kids have probably finished more than a dozen 1,000-piece puzzles, decorated cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, and baked all sorts of dishes. But now you're running out of ideas: "What next!?" The lockdowns have spurred new trends, including tie-dyeing...
This year’s Halloween season may prove to be far different from those we held in previous years. With COVID-19 raging worldwide, the children are forced to remain indoors. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make this holiday as fun and exciting as any other celebration! Halloween is known as the season where people can dress up as whoever they want to be. It’s also extremely popular among kids as they...
For young children, growing up and spending time with other kids their age is a treasured memory. Many grow together with their childhood playmates and become the best of friends.  Nannies who are responsible for providing quality care to children should also help them make the best memories possible. And one great and simple way you can do this is by teaching your charges how to create friendship bracelets!   History...
To make oobleck, mix cornstarch and water together until you get a gooey consistency. You can add food coloring for fun. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid that behaves like both a liquid and solid depending on the force applied to it. Looking for a quick, simple activity to keep your kids busy this afternoon, why not incorporate learning and fun and try this out?  Have you ever heard of Oobleck slime? If not, read on and find out all...
Working in childcare and developing cold sweats at the idea of crafting with toddlers? As a nanny, there's actually a lot of fun – albeit it with lots of mess – to be had with toddlers and art projects! Here are some craft ideas for toddlers that will keep them engaged, having fun, and making a mess.   Painting Painting is an obvious choice for a craft activity, and when done with a little...