Ideas for Nanny to keep children entertained

Most of us will have an outline of things our kids like to do  when we leave them with the nanny.  Some of us are so well organized that we can give a list of activities broken down by time of day to keep the kids on course.  However, there are times when you just want to do something different, keep those imagination juices flowing.  Below are a couple of quick ideas to pass along to the nanny, or sitter when you are required to be away from your little one.

Make Your Own Playdough or Clay

Make your own clay or playdough (instead of buying Playdoh). The recipes are safe enough for kids to put their hands in their mouths while playing. They are not healthy snacks, but they are safe to eat. Items made with each one can be allowed to air dry and then painted. Here are four recipes so kids can make decorations or just have fun.

Homemade Clay

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1-1/4 cups cold water
  • food coloring

In a saucepan, mix the baking soda with the cornstarch, then add the cold water. Add food coloring. Cook the mixture over a medium flame, stirring constantly. When the clay is the consistency of moist mashed potatoes, turn off the heat. Dump the clay onto a plate, and cover it with a damp cloth. When the clay is cool to the touch, it’s ready to use. Store it in a Zip-lock bag or a container in the refrigerator. After keeping the clay in the refrigerator, allow the clay to reach room temperature before using it.

Cook Your Own Playdough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring

Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a pot. Add the water, oil, and food coloring. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly. When the mixture forms a ball in the center of the pot, turn off the stove and let it cool. Take it out of the pot knead it several times. Store in a Zip-lock bag or airtight container in the fridge.

No-Cook Playdough

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • food coloring

Mix the flour and salt. Slowly add the water, and knead to make smooth dough. Add the oil and food coloring and knead until the color is mixed in. No cooking is needed.

Smooth Homemade Clay

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups salt
  • 1-1/3 cups cold water

Put salt and 2/3 cup water into a pan and bring it to a boil. Add 2/3 cup of water to the cornstarch with 2/3 cup water and stir well. Add the salted water to this mixture and knead it into a clay. Store in a Zip-lock bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Make your own Gak:

ingredients needed:  Glue,  Liquid Starch, sandwich bag, and green food coloring

Mix equal parts of liquid starch and glue together

¼ cup of liquid starch into the sandwich bag

Add 3 drops of green food coloring

Add ¼ cup of glue

Mix well – take the gak out of the sandwich bag and HAVE FUN!

There is also a site www.playathome3.blogspot.com which the moms at Mommy Relief rely on a lot for fun and amazing ideas to keep our babies and children of all ages entertained.  My favorite, the light table…. I must buy one!!!!

Just a couple of end of summer ideas to do with the kids.  Do you have any ideas?  If so, please share them with us!!!!