I hope everyone has had another good week in 'Costa Del Yorkshire', or wherever you may be and hopefully this cold weather is only going to last a few days?! My 'Live-in Auntie duties' have now come to an end, which means I'm back in beautiful Ilkley, with lots of lovely walks right on my door-step *and peace and quiet at home* to enjoy!
Whilst looking after Robyn, I have spent hours reading lots of lovely books - her favourites being 'Green Eggs and Ham', Mr Men and a few Julia Donaldson classics. I always find it quite nostalgic when I re-visit a children's book which was once a favourite of a child I nannied for.
As you may already know, I used to work as a ski nanny in Morzine, France and lived there for six years whilst working as a holiday nanny. I only intended on going for one season, but loved it too much to come home! I spent my first summer, summer 2013, working as an Au-pair for Restaurant Le Grange, which is a top favourite place to eat for locals and holiday makers visiting the resort. Whilst their parents ran the restaurant, I worked most evenings looking after their two lovely bilingual children, Wilfred aged 2yrs and baby Molly aged 9 months. Thankfully, Wilfred would only request English books for me to read! With one of his favourites being Tiddler, the story-telling fish, by Julia Donaldson.
As we face another week in lockdown(!?), I would like to pretend we are all on holiday and go 'Under the Sea with Tiddler, the story-telling fish!' I have looked back at what characters Tiddler bumps into whilst making his way to school and saved many pins for all ages over on the Weekend Nannies Pinterest board and have shared a few favourites below.
Have a safe week!
Weekend Nannies specialises in temporary child care and provides a professional nanny service for weekends, weddings, holidays and any other event where you may need help with child care. Please contact Charlotte Clay to see how Weekend Nannies can help!
Our wedding and event packages can include anything from an 24 hr nanny, to a themed creative kids area and party bags. Please email or call 07477 286 971 for more information.
Recycled Plastic Squid!
When I spotted this on Pinterest, I thought it was great, so wasn't surprised when Mini Mad things was referenced as the original source!
Create your own version with toilet rolls, or click on the picture to find out how they made theirs!
Twisted Water Bottle Fish!
You know I love raiding the recycling! Time to find out the used mixer bottles for the kids and make these twisted fish! Here's how Danielle's Place created hers. There are some other great versions of 'plastic bottle fish' and more for all ages over on the themed board.
Have your kids ever seen a mermaid?
According to Tiddler, he sees mermaids on his adventures to school and according to the majority of kids I've looked after, they see mermaids when they swim under water!? Do yours?
This is another lovely craft project I enjoyed whilst working on the boat a few summers ago, we made loads out of clothes pegs and wooden spoons!
All you need is:
Wool for the hair and tail
Felt for the fin
Googley eyes (optional)
Paper Plate Woven Sharks
These remind me of the dream-catchers I often make with kids. If your children are scared of sharks, maybe they can make a shark dream catcher out of these great paper plate woken sharks!? Learn how here.
Visit the shark board to find lots more shark themed crafts for all ages!
Seahorse Craft for Preschoolers!
With little ones in mind, I thought I'd share this simple 'scrunch and glue' pre-school activity with you.
If you have older children, I have saved some really beautiful seahorse art-work (and a template) for your kids to be inspired by. All created using buttons, shells, glitter and paint! - I'd love to see what your kids create!
Have fun, stay safe!
I hope you have a fun week making these crafts and if you'd like to see more activities, please visit Weekend Nannies Pinterest board: Under the Sea with Tiddler, the story-telling fish! _______________________________________________________________
We miss Baby & Toddler groups!
I'm sure many of you are really missing your routine whether it's the child-care or the baby & toddler groups you got used to going to?
Whether it's baby sensory or music time, I have some links that may help!
Early years music:
If you enjoyed the 'Weekend Nannies Presents' music sessions via our Youtube channel, you can now find Alice Phelps and other musicians over on 'Back Chat Kids' a platform where musicians from across the UK are going to be sharing fun and interactive Early Years videos via zoom. Please click here to find out how to sign up.
Early years sensory play:
If you are looking for baby sensory inspiration and other ideas for older children, visit Sophie Pickles Facebook page, where she shares lots of lovely activities and also hosts Facebook Live's for parents at home with babies. If only I had a baby to look after I would be joining too!
Here's how I make my Sensory bags!
What you need:
Laminate sheets or zip-lock bag
Small plastic bottles
Coloured pipe cleaners
These are really easy to make, you just need to make sure they're sealed properly! I often use a bit of food colouring to make them a nice colour, but as supermarkets have limited stock at the moment, I've stuck with simple H20!
1) Decide what you would like to use to fill your sensory bag or bottle with.
*Just make sure whatever you use is water resistant, coloured cellophane for example dyes the water!
2) With a hot iron, press around the edges of the laminate sheet, making sure the open end doesn't get sealed. Please take note of the photo below, I lined up the edge of the tea towel with the laminate sheet so I knew where the edge was. (The first time I pressed the whole sheet flat!!) Alternatively, you can use a zip lock bag and strong tape to make sure it stays sealed.
* You an always re-press if any water droplets do leak out!
3) Now your bag is ready to fill with coloured pom-poms and or coloured pipe cleaners. It's often nice to make a few different ones. So for example, fill one bag with chopped up pipe cleaners and the other with pom-poms.
*If you do have food colouring, now is the time to add a few splashes.
4) Now add water, I would fill it about 1/3 full, you don't want it to balloon.
5) Very carefully, seal the top. First of all, making sure all the air is out of the bag and hold the bag against the ironing board to be pressed.
6) Give the bag a shake and a squeeze, making sure there are no leaks! If you have used a small bottle, tape of super glue around the lid to avoid removal!
If you have enjoyed my blog, please follow Weekend Nannies on our social media platforms to keep up to date with what we are up to! You can also visit my Pinterest page, where I will be sharing a themed board every week with lots of other ideas and inspiration!
Have fun, stay safe & stay home!
Weekend Nannies specialises in temporary child care and provides a professional nanny service for weekends, weddings, holidays and any other event where you may need a hand with child care. Please contact Charlotte Clay to see how Weekend Nannies can help!
Our wedding and event packages can include anything from an 24 hr nanny, to a themed creative kids area and party bags. Please email for more information.