Below are 5 easy and inexpensive activities that we feel are really handy to have up your sleeve as a nanny.
1. Homemade Playdough
Our favourite quick and easy recipe can be found here.
2. Sensory Play Trays
Simply fill your tray with either shaving foam (you can easily colour this with a drop of food dye), ice, pasta, lentils, cornflour mixed with water (till its hard when picked up and then turns back to a liquid when you let go) or whatever takes your fancy. Then add some small world toys (diggers, cars, animals etc) or some kitchen utensils (spoons, containers, sieves etc).
3. Create multiple things using paper plates, loo rolls and cereal boxes
Junk modelling is a fun and easy craft to do. Using a small amount of materials you can make some amazing things. Useful additional materials to have include; glue, sellotape, brass fasteners and googly eyes.
4. Easy Kitchen Science Experiments
Check out our post on how to make sugar crystals here.
Our real skittle rainbow here
Find out how to make your own volcano here
Make a lava lamp using these instructions here
5. Fail safe cupcake recipe
We all need a go to cupcake recipe for a rainy day. This one has never let me down. For days when I want to cut down on processed sugar I add a few sultanas to the mix and then they don’t need any icing.
180g butter (room temperature)
180g self raising flour
180g caster sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 12 hole tin with cupcake cases.
Place all the ingredients apart from the sultanas in a large bowl and mix everything together using an electric whisk or wooden spoon. If using sultanas coat them in a little extra flour and then add to the mixture and mix them through. Divide between the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and firm on top.
Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.
Photo sources: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/spring-snail-craft/