EASTER CRAFTS WITH KIDS

Easter means that spring is almost here! Although it might not seem like it, as the snow keeps falling, but first spring flowers are peeking out now, and I hope we can soon bask in beautiful spring sun. Easter is such a good holiday, as there is million thing we can do with kids. Winter blues are nearly gone, so we can use all the colours of the rainbow. Weather you celebrate Easter or no, you can join in on the crafts. Here are some ideas and a look through what we did this year.

FLOWER BOUQUET

We started with this easy but so beautiful flower bouquet. Using yellow and orange thin paper for the flower bit; green ribbed paper for the stems; pink and yellow ribbed paper for decorating the glass vase.  We also needed glue, scissors and green and yellow felt tip pens.

This craft will let children practice shapes (as we used circle and star – sort of) and also cutting them.  It introduces them to different papers and how to cut them. Children love sticking things together with the glue, so they will surely love to do this craft.

You will need equal amount of yellow flowers, orange circles and green stems to be cut out first.

When you cut all the needed shapes, put one flower together with the kid. Ask them how it should go, what do they think. It’s good to visualise it before glueing all together. Than you can just let them do the magic. We have bent the green stems in half, so it gives the flower a little more stability. At the end we just simply decorated the glass vase (recycled yogurt pot!! ♻️) with 3 red and yellow strips and put on a handle – all with paper glue stick. So easy and so beautiful. I think it turned out really nice, and it’s a great easter/spring decoration that totally brightens up the room.

EASTER EGG

This craft is a little more complex but super fun and the result is just so cool. You will need: water balloons, string, white glue, colour paints of your choice (we used red and blue that I than mixed in pink and purple) a little water to add to glue and colour,  plastic plates for the glue colours to go in (and some plastic bags to put them in if you are using the kitchen Tupperware – or you can use disposable plates), spoons to mix the colour and glue together, scissors, old newspaper for protecting the table, and old shirt or paint cover for the kid and some disposable gloves if you want (or you can get your hand messy which is also fun).

Than you start with preparing colours. There is no specific recipe, pour glue on the plate and add colour, than add some water (I would suggest not to much). Cut the string on about 30 cm long (eyeballing it)  – It would be a little better to just use one long string, but  depending on the kids age, you can adjust this, so they don’t get frustrated with a tangled mess.

Put all the pieces of cut string in colours and while they are soaking up the colour, blow balloons up and tie them to a string. It’s great if you have something where you will be able to hang the balloons up while they are drying – we had a lamp over the table witch was perfect, but anything will do. Just make sure you protect the area beforehand and have everything ready for when you finish with them, as your hands will be sticky and gluey.

Than just take a ballon and start placing strings around it as much as you can so the ballon is all covered. Once you are done, hang them up and let them dry overnight. Next morning pop the ballon inside and you will get a beautiful Easter egg decoration.

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For extra special egg put small chocolate eggs in the ballon before you blow it up and than once you pop it there will be chocolate eggs peaking out through the string.

FREE PAINT

Since there was so much oriented activity, I though it might be nice to add a little free bonus activity, where we have just used white paper and finger paint. My only instructions were, to paint something that they think looks like spring. I think activities like that are so important, so we can see the child’s creativity on its own. It is also very calming and it’s really good to use it from time to time, when we do a lot of big projects or when we see the kids are restless. It helps them to gather their thoughts and relax. This beautiful painting is the result and I love it!

 

Easter is such a good time to do arts and crafts with the kids and there is endless possibilities – just peek on Pinterest if you need more inspiration. Hope you liked our ideas, and our end results. We had so much fun doing them and are so happy to share them with you!

Happy Easter everyone!🐰🌸🌼

The Lovely Nanny xx

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RECYCLE TO CRAFT

We live in a world where recycling has become totally normal and is part of our daily routine. It is particularly important to introduce recycling, and be an example, to the tiny humans. One way to do that, is by using things we have on hand – or would throw out.

We certainly don’t need to buy a lot of things to do a craft. Sure it’s lovely to get special papers, boxes, tubes, all sorts of glues, glitter and stickers. Sometimes we want to do a specific crafts, and that is perfectly fine. But I challenge you to go around the house and you will see there is a million things, you could use, to do all sorts of craft with children.

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PAPER 

  • we all have things delivered – amazon boxes are usually in a really good condition and they are all brown (just remove the sellotape) and you have a great brown carton to work with.
  • toiler roll tubes and paper towel tubes
  • cling film and aluminium foil tubes
  • all sorts of small boxes (tea, crackers)
  • newspaper (so good for protecting the table and doing paper mâché)
  • egg containers
  • some nice wrap paper saved
  • napkins (also great for paper mâché)

PLASTIC

  • yogurt cups (there is all sorts and shapes out there!
  • disposable cutlery and plates
  • water bottles and their caps ( caps from fruit pouches are really good as they are all sorts of bright colours)
  • empty cosmetic packaging
  • vegetables packaging (square baskets from salads or peppers)

 

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GLASS

  • from all sorts of food items (jam, yogurt, olives)

YOU CAN ALSO USE

  • old fabric (pair of trousers that are ripped  – cut the good parts out)
  • old wood (if you have a wood shop near by, why don’t you stoop there and ask for some cut outs, they surely have a lot that they would maybe throw away otherwise)
  • metal parts (not sharp though!), could be old coins, screws with flat ends
  • funny shaped things you can get hands on

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I have been very lucky, and sometimes I guess spoiled as well, as in all my Nanny positions I have had a lot of great materials bought, so I can do crafts with the kiddos. But as much as that is lovely, its also important to use what we have and not accumulate new things. That way we can help our lovely planet at least a little bit. The craft will not be any worse if it’s made from old material, and there is nothing that a little splash of colour and glue can’t fix!  The only thing that matters, when we do crafts with kids, is what they learn along the way and that they have fun!

I will aim to do a recycled craft now and than with kiddos, so join me, tag me in your recycled crafts, message me on instagram or send me an email on the.lovely.nanny.world@gmail.com and I would be happy to post all the crafts up here for everyone to see!

SHARING IS CARING!

The Lovely Nanny xx

Snow days

Strange ha, it’s March and I feel the winter has just properly started. It’s snowing outside, it so cold and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! Unfortunately we don’t really have a choice though, so I thought, I can write down a few things, tricks and hacks, that helps you survive the last span of cold snowy days.

ACTIVITIES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

Sensory boxes

You can make sensory boxes with snow and some toys and let children get to know the snow inside first. Sensory boxes will keep them occupied for a while and they will use and learn:

– Practical Life Skills (dumping, filling, scooping)

Play Skills (social play and independent play)

– Will help with Language Development

– And they will use their Senses (Touch, sight, sounds, taste and smell)

 

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Declare a book day!

There was a World Book Day just a while ago, but you can make your own one whenever you want really. When the weather is really bad and there is no way you can go outside, search on the book shelf and get out some new books or books you haven’t read for a very long time. That way it will be more exciting. Let the kids choose the books they want to read. Take in turns, let them have a go at reading (telling) the story. They practice public speech and develop their imagination. It also never hurts to catch extra cuddles!

 

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Go out and roll in fresh powder

Give the opportunity to experience all the snow is. For some children that will be a very special occasion as they do not usually get much snow or perhaps live in the country where there is none. Dress them warm (I saw a really cool trick to help keep kiddos gloves dry if you don’t have the ski ones on hand – you put disposable gloves over them!) It might be a bit strange but it will keep them dry for a bit longer so they can finish making the snowman – or snow frog 🐸 😁!

 

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Do experiments with snow and water

– Colour the snow with syringes full of different colours (make sure you protect the area) Could be done outside or inside.

– When it’s really cold put some water in ice trays and leave it outside overnight – to make ice, than bring it in and observe what happens over time (you can also colour it with paintbrushes )

– What melts faster (water, salt over snow) experiment

That is just a few ideas from the top of my head, if you search, I’m sure you’ll find many more to fill your days.

 

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I hope you will love my ideas for fun snow days. Obviously this is just a scope of the things you can do, but those ones, were always very well received, with the kiddos I look after. Now, we only need more snow days!

Have a fabulous week!

The Lovely Nanny xx

HOLIDAY WREATH

We are being a tad creative in this holiday season and It’s just so nice! I wanted to share with you our lates creation.

⭐️ This is an advanced craft you can do with a slightly older child (4 years +). It is activity that slowly evolves to the finished product. We had been gathering material on our walks, talking about what are we going to make, talking about the colours, the shapes and things we are going to use. Even though every step in not possible to be done by a small child (hot glue gun) is it still great to involve them in all the steps and explain what we are doing and let them do as much as possible (like choosing pinecones you will then glue on the circle and so on – could also practising counting -how many pinecones do we need to fill out the circle…). ⭐️

 

Have a look at these lovely pictures!

 

 

First we cut a circle from recycled carton (try and use what you have at home, every one have a used box or two-we all love amazon am I right!). Use a plate to do a circle or something else, depending on how big of the circle you want. Use hot glue gun to make everything easier, but never leave it unattended with tiny humans around. Then really, just as you wish, start placing pinecones around the circle and make a wreath (make it a fun activity even though you’ll be the one to glue them on) 👆🏽

 

 

Next we have previously picked this little bananas (as we like to call them) and some other nice tiny branches and we just sticked them around to fill the gaps and make it even more festive. I found these jingle bells in shop called Flying Tiger and thought they would be perfect to put around the wreath as little one love the 🌈 colours. Together we have put them around and I just love the whole look! Doing the crafts like that is a great opportunity to also sing some festive songs (or any songs) and make the experience super christmasy! Our favourite songs to listen are from Super simple songs creators –  do you know them?

 

 

We added the last touch with some pink glitter. Mixing white glue and glitter together I let the tiny one do all the work. This completed our wreath and we were both very pleased with our lovely holiday wreath! Last thing we will do is just out some ribbon or string and hang it on the kids bedroom door.

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What crafts are you making this season? Let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear all about it!

As always sharing is caring 😉❤️

The Lovely Nanny xx

SPAGHETTI SENSORY PLAY

”In play experiences, combining the sense of touch with the senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell helps build cognitive skills’

I’m stealing this brilliant idea from my fellow Nanny who is also a good friend of mine. We actually did this together once and I must say the kids loved it! So I would love to share it with you! It is super easy to make, but provides a lot of joy! It is a wonderful idea when you need a quick entertainment or a long play session.

👉🏼 This sensory play can also be super helpful when a child is particularly fussy with eating foods with a wet texture such as spaghetti. The use of sensory play can assist the child in touching, smelling and playing with the texture in an environment with little expectation.

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But first I would just like to quickly touch on why sensory play is good.

  • Sensory play helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
  • Sensory activities prompt children to use scientific processes while they play.
  • It is proven that engaging a child’s senses while presenting them with a learning task helps them to retain the information and fully comprehend it.
  • Sensory play is therapeutic on an emotional level and helps to calm and soothe children during difficult times or before bed.
  • Sensory play facilitates language development, problem solving skills, cognitive function, and fine and gross motor skills.
  • Playing with sensory materials helps children to develop their creative process.

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”Cognitive skills are those skills we use when we solve problems and create novel ideas from current ideas.”

Cook spaghetti as it says on the package. Than divide them into as many bags as you have colours. We did three this time, but you can get super creative. Than tip a few drops od dye into the bag (depending on how strong you want the colour to be) and a few drops of vegetable oil. Than mix them together to spread the colour all over spaghetti.

TIP: Leave the coloured spaghetti to dry if you don’t want the colours to stain your hands!

After that, it’s just fun! Use some forks, food tweezers, little figures, little cars, cups different sizes…

FUN FACT: Did you know that ZINC helps maintain healthy cognitive development? You can read a little more about it in this article here!

As always, sharing is caring!

The Lovely Nanny xx