Most of the little monsters are sleeping...yes, they deserve to be called monsters today.
With the holidays around the corner many of us find ourselves surrounded with children, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite nanny secrets/tips with you!
The Rainy Day Basket!I'll share a photo of mine at some point, promise!
When: For a nanny the rainy day basket/box/tote is not solely for rainy days. It's for any bored, rainy, restless, fill in the blank kind of day.
** I keep my basket hidden, so the kids never know whats there!**
What: It should contain a variety of things. Sometimes I keep actual gifts in it. A little book I can give a child to add to their collection. The chance to pick something independently is so valuable to children. I also recommend games- cards, puzzles small board games. Having at least a couple arts and crafts projects is ideal. In the past I've had beads for key chain making, make your own picture frame kits, etc. New crayons/color pencils and coloring pages are always a hit too.
Where: The dollar spot at target is a gold mine (& the seasonal themed items are fabulous). Also check places like hobby lobby for crafts. Finally, a trip through the dollar store will likely get you all the essentials. The most important thing to remember is to match the things you buy with the childrens interests.
Who: My nanny basket has transformed into a teacher basket with some minor modifications. I recommend everyone have a rainy day basket. Nanny or not! It's great for family gatherings with kids or the lat minute gift you want to give to a child you know.
P.S. You could decorate your basket/box with your favorite children as one of your projects!