Activities · Nannying

Homemade bird treats

This week my nanny child and I made some homemade bird treats. It’s very simple and you don’t need many items at all. It’s a nice little activity to do with children to encourage them to be interested in wildlife.

You need these items for the homemade bird treats:

  • Unflavoured gelatine powder
  • Wild bird feed
  • Water
  • Cookie cutters

Method:

  1. First you need to mix the gelatine powder in a saucepan with a little bit of water. I used two sachets of the picture above. 
  2. Once the gelatine and water has blended together, it’s time to mix in the bird feed. Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool a little.
  3. Meanwhile, you could pick the cookie cutters you would like to use for the bird treats. We picked a car, a train, a gingerbread man, a teddy bear, a star and square. Once you have picked the shapes you want, set the cookie cutters flat on a plate.
  4. Once the mixture had cooled enough, I let my three year old nanny charge spoon the mixture into the cookie cutters. We used a straw to poke a hole at the top of each bird treat so once dried we could add some string through to hang up.
  5. Once you have spooned the mixture into the cookie cutters just pop the plates into the fridge for at least an hour for the mixture to set.
  6. Once the mixture has set you can use some string to thread through the little hole made. Tie up the string and hang up outside for the birdies!

I think they look really sweet! Let me know how it goes for you and feel free to share what shapes you decide to pick!

If you like this post why don’t you take a look at other activities I have done with my nanny children. You may enjoy our Dinosaur excavation activity or my post about Harrypottermous!

Nannying

Blog Changes

Blog changes

I’m not sure if many of you have noticed but I have made a couple of changes to my site. The main change is that my page isn’t strictly about nannying anymore, but also a childcare and lifestyle blog.

I hope you are all enjoying the Easter holidays and you are well rested to head back to work. If you are interested in hearing what my nanny children and I got up to over Easter, take a look at our Easter break part one and Easter break part two.

I have been a bit quiet on my blog last week due to having the week off work so I have been mainly relaxing and catching up with friends. But posts will be more frequent this week.

I am also heading back to slimming world today after a year off! Easter hasn’t helped as I had an excessive amount of chocolate.

Anyway, enjoy your bank holiday and I will post again soon!

Happy Easter!
Activities · Days out · Nannying

Easter Break: Part Two!

Easter Break Part two!

We have finally finished the first Easter half term week! And breathe… If your a parent or in childcare make sure you try and have a rest over the weekend for the second week.

Thursday

Thursday was a lovely and sunny day. The perfect day to visit the zoo! We visited Port Lympne Zoo in Hythe. I took the boys and one of the six year olds friends from school. They had a school project to complete over Easter to find out 5 facts about an African animal. My charge decided to pick a Giraffe and his friend picked a Cheetah. If you haven’t visited Port Lympne before, it’s worth it. Half of the zoo includes a safari – land rover trucks drive you around open safari zone. You can spot Giraffes, Rhinos, Ostriches,  Zebras and more. I have visited Port Lympne’s sister zoo before – Howletts – which is on flatter land which makes it easier to walk around.

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School project time!

As we were on the safari truck the children got their notepads out and started writing down notes about what facts to use! My nanny charge liked the fact that Giraffes have blue tongues.

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After we went on the safari we stopped off at the cafe to grab some lunch. Don’t attempt to try and find the restaurant on the map – it doesn’t serve food any more! Just stick to the cafe by the buggy park, it serves hot and cold food and is right next door to the children’s play area.

We finished up our lunch and finished the walking route and the maze. Well I say we finished, We couldn’t find the dinosaur trail section. By this time it was almost 4pm and I knew the safari trucks would soon to stopping and it was getting late, so we had to call it a day. By the time we made it back up to the top of the zoo and had the kids face paints done and spent what felt like an eternity in the gift shop, we made it back to the car an hour later! Then after dropping off the six year olds friend we made it back home for 6pm. By 7:20pm I had cooked tea, the children had eaten, I had given the boys a bath and got the three year old to sleep. I think I deserve a medal.

Friday

Today we visited the trampoline park again with another one of the six year olds friends. We booked two hours this time round because one hour never seems enough for the boys. We had pizza for lunch and ice lollies to cool down. After we finished bouncing we went back home and played out in the garden to enjoy the rest of the sun before we had to take our little friend home.

Friday was a lot more relaxed day. I still got home and was fast asleep by 9pm though…

Enjoy the rest of your Easter Half term!

Come and look at what we got up to the first half of our Easter here.

Days out · Nannying

Easter break: Part One!

It has been a busy week and we are still only half way through the Easter break! I will be glad when this week is over as I definately need a rest. I am doing long hours this week but I have next week off!

Easter Break part one:

This week so far…

Day one: Monday

The trio – I arrived at 7am ready for my 11.5 hour day which turned into a 12 hour day plus one a&e visit. But before I get into that I will describe the good bits of the day! We had a lazy morning, got ready slowly while deciding what to do with our day. The park was the winner. It was a lovely day and we all had a wonderful time. The sun was out and all the children were in a great mood. We got back home and the trio were tired and grouchy so I gave them snacks and popped them in front of the tv for some down time.

Anyway, a bit later on, the twins came running up to me telling my their little brother had broken the curtains. I was more annoyed they were so happy and excited they thought they were getting their little brother into trouble. I sent all the kids to their rooms. Because yes – he did break something, also because his older sisters were happy about it. I had words with the little one and he understood that he shouldn’t have been swinging on the curtains. I also had words with the twins because they are the big sisters and if they noticed him doing something he is not meant to they should be encouraging him not to so he learns right from wrong.

Within 30 seconds of the twins talk one of them goes downstairs to get onto the kitchen bench and manages to slip and cut her chin open. Great. My first trip to a&e with one of my nanny children! Luckily she was fine and didn’t need stitches. Parents were ok. I got a really nice text from mum in the evening to thank me for everything.

Day two: Tuesday

The trio again! We ventured over the jump in trampolining place in Tonbridge, it was their first visit. At first they were all unsure. I think the safety video scared them. After some reassurance they were all fine and having a blast. We got home and played in the garden for a couple of hours  – they got absolutely filthy. After bath and dinner we watched ‘Tangled’ as a special treat – I had brought it over from my house for them to watch.

Day three: Wednesday 

The boys today! We had a wonderful day. First we visited the library and borrowed some books and went home to play and have some lunch. We went into the garden into the woods that is part of their garden and added some sticks onto their wigwam that is almost finished being built. If your not sure what a wigwam is it’s a little house shaped as a tent made out of sticks.

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Later on we went swimming at Larkfield Leisure Centre in Larkfield. They have water slides, a lazy river and a wave machine. For the first time my three year old nanny charge had the confidence to swim on his own (with armbands) today – very proud nanny moment!

Tomorrow we are heading to the zoo and Friday we are heading to trampolining again so I will update again later on!

Happy holidays!

Once you have read this take a look at the second part of our Easter break!

Activities · Craft Activities · Gifts · Mother's Day · Nannying

Mothers Day Crafts

Hiya everyone, Mother’s Day is almost here!

This week I have been busy with my nanny children making some Mother’s Day crafts.

With my first nanny family we baked some shortbread cookies and I had the trio decorate a banner saying ‘Happy Mother’s day’. I then got them to pose with it so I could take a picture. Then I went to get the nicest picture developed (organising three children who are five years old and under in a photo is harder than it looks!) I then bought a pretty frame to put the photo inside. Mum loved it and keeps it on her desk in her office.

With my second nanny family (the boys) we bought a decopatch box to decorate with some decopatch tissue paper! The box would be a little jewellery box. We also made some jewellery for her new jewellery box made from air dry clay. See below what items we used and click the links to view more!

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boxes.jpgWe also made a heart shaped necklace by using air dry clay. We used a cookie cutter to get the shape and used metallic purple paint too. If your choose to use metallic paint just be aware it can stain clothes so just be careful. You can use any type of paint though. If you see closely I got the boys to put their thumb print in the shape of the heart too, how sweet!

We also decided to make the same as the heart necklace but just make it into a keyring instead!

I hope you have enjoyed all of our Mother’s Day Crafts and that your Mum has a lovely Mother’s Day!

If you didn’t read my previous post about what the children made for mothers day last year for Mother’s Day then take a look here… Candle Making.

Gifts · Nannying

Nanny gift guide

If you have a nanny and struggle for gift ideas then I have a little guide to help you! Nobody says you have to get your nanny a gift for their birthday or for Christmas but if you want to then just take a look below.

Nanny gift guide

  1. Homemade card or gift from your children! Something sentimental is my favourite gift to receive. I love a written card appreciating all my hard work too!
  2. A gift experience voucher. For example, a spa day.
  3. This Christmas just gone one of my nanny families (the one I have been at for two years) got me a locket that was engraved. My mum boss did say she was going to get photos of the boys printed out for me to pop inside but she didn’t know if I would have liked that. YES! Myself for one would LOVE that.
  4. Get to know your nanny – find out what she/he likes. My new nanny family children that I started with in January went undercover asking me questions to get ideas for my birthday! I had no idea. I thought they were just getting to know me. They got me some bath bombs and something for my new house I’m moving into next week! My other family also got me socks for Christmas – I always wear socks with various pictures on – mainly cats and dinosaurs.
  5. Vouchers – if your going for vouchers unless you know you nanny well and know what she likes I would recommend getting an all in one voucher so she has options where to spend it.
  6. Cash – cash is always good – especially if we are saving for something – a new car, house or a holiday etc
  7. Flowers and/or chocolate
  8. I personally love a Funky Pigeon/Moonpig card with pictures of my nanny children on the front! I have kept every card I have ever received from my nanny children. Even children I have looked after over the years in nurseries.
  9. A paid day off – perhaps her birthday!
  10. Personalised gift – such as a photo of the children with a special frame, a coffee/tea mug or a photo book of the children.

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*Just a little note*

This is a collection of ideas from nannies themselves. Some nannies said they don’t expect gifts, just a simple ‘happy birthday’ would do. The majority of nannies said they would prefer a thoughtful gift. This could be something that shows you know them well or something homemade!

If you are a nanny reading this comment below if you have any other suggestions! If you haven’t already go and check out my Parent Gift Guide!

Gifts · Nannying

Birthday presents!

One of my nanny children have just turned 6! How crazy. Two years has gone fast. Too fast. I struggle on what birthday presents to buy for the boys. They have so many toys, so I would rather buy them something they need or something they can make.

Birthday presents

I bought him a couple of gifts. He has recently become quite interested in Science and has  some glow in the dark planets that hang from his bedroom ceiling. So I though this Planetarium Model was a good choice. Basically you have to assemble and paint each individual planet and then attach them on a model that moves around to imitate space movement! Each planet glows in the dark too so it’s a handy little night light. I can’t wait to build it with him! I will another blog later when it is finished so you can see the end result.

The second gift I got him was this gorgeous jumper from Baby Boden – it is so unbelievably soft! What’s better is that he is Scottish and has recently shown an interest in Nessie the Loch Ness monster so that’s an added bonus. You can find it here if you wish to view more.

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Activities · Nannying

Imaginative play: Cooking

My three year old nanny charge loves his trains and cars and often uses imaginative play with those. But although he has pretend food and a play supermarket he just doesn’t play with them. So I thought I would give it another go and change things up a little to encourage him to play with it!

There was a little bit of cardboard that was on top of the recycling pile so I just used that. I used two different sized saucepans and drew around them on top of the cardboard to resemble cooking hobs. Then found a child height chest and popped the cardboard on top.

Time to get cooking!

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I provided saucepans, cooking utensils, wooden spoons, cutlery, plates, cups, bowls, pretend food and a little bit of real food.

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My three year old loved it. He started to pretend to cook, dish up food, pour drinks and eat!

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If you don’t already own some pretend food you can find it here. This pretend food set is great because it comes with a pretend knife and chopping board so you can cut the food up, how fun!

If you have enjoyed this imaginative play activity why don’t you try my dinosaur ice excavation activity!

Activities · Nannying · Sensory Play

Sensory Play: Dinosaur Ice Excavation!

It’s a Dinosaur Ice Excavation!

I recently found this dinosaur ice excavation activity online and in my opinion it looked pretty awesome. So I may have planned it for my own selfish reasons. But luckily the three year old actually enjoyed it and I wasn’t the only one playing!

It’s so easy to prep too. If you already have little plastic dinosaurs – perfect – if not, there is nothing saying you have to use dinosaurs. You could use any figurines really.

I found some tuberware in the cupboard, popped a couple of dinosaurs in each container and then filled them up with water so the dinosaurs were only just covered. I put them in the freezer and once completely frozen we could then play!

Let’s dig for Dinosaurs!

The three year old already had a builders kit containing a pretend saw, hammers, drill and pliers. So he used these to try and break the ice. When he had almost broken the dinosaurs out of the ice he tried biting way through the ice!

I also placed the ice in a meal baking tray as the ice cubes are going to melt!

Toward the end I showed the three year old what happens if we pour warm water over the ice cubes so he could watch them melt!

Enjoy!

If you have liked this activity why don’t you take a look at other posts of mine? Why don’t you try mess free painting activity or make a Star Wars Lightsaber?

Baking · Nannying · Recipes

Jam Tarts Recipe

The three year old and I made some yummy Jam Tarts! They were delicious and so easy to make. You only need four ingredients and you should find all of them in your kitchen already. So lets get baking!

You need:

  • 250g Plain Flour
  • Strawberry Jam
  • 125g Butter
  • 3-4 Tablespoons water

Method to make Jam Tarts:

  1. First preheat your oven to 180C and grease your muffin tray! We just used a little bit of butter
  2. Weigh out the flour and then sieve it into a mixing bowl. Then add the butter!

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3. Rub the flour and butter together using your fingertips until you make breadcrumbs

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4. Add the water a little bit at a time and knead together until it makes a dough

5. Sprinkle some flour out onto the table and start rolling out your dough to about 5mm thickness

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6. Cut circles out of the dough and place them into the muffin tray

7. Insert some jam into each tart

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8. Using the left over dough cut out some shapes – we cut out some stars. Then place them on top of the jam tarts. They look great already don’t they?

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9. Bake for about 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven or until the tarts are a nice golden brown colour. Remember the oven should be preheated to 180c!

10. Let them cool before eating!

 

If you liked this recipe why don’t you take a look at my others? Such as dairy free banana breadcake trains or gingerbread men?

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