You don’t have to be artistically inclined, or creatively adept, to create a fun activity or toy for your children. I’m speaking from experience. You know those nannies who are amazingly artistically talented? The ones who draw beautiful portraits along side your child? The ones who skillfully and effortlessly think of ways to use the left-over yarn, old clothes, to make an art project? Well, I’m sadly not one of those nannies.
But I try not to let this fact get me down. I still draw alongside your children, my pictures just look like exact replicas of your 2-year-old’s. I’m still creative in theory, though my creations never look the way I imagine, which is something like this….
instead they look more like this…..
The thing is, it doesn’t matter. There are still plenty of activities for people like me.. and you to do.
Like I said, I still do all of the art stuff, and it’s fun! The thing I’m good at is being outdoors and going on fun, educational outings. I love to take the child I watch (and past children I’ve nannied) to parks, where we can discuss nature, touch grass, dig in the mud, find walking sticks (I’m a pro at finding a good, solid, walking stick.) We often take home some goods from nature, like leaves, flowers, sticks, and rocks. And through some kind of miracle, I can usually think of some potentially magnificent art and educational project to make out of these things. Though the outcome tends to be mediocre, the process is just as fun as it would be if I were artistically inclined….at least that’s what I tell myself.
I live in New York City, so outing ideas are basically endless here. We take trips to parks, which often have a free nature center, museums: including children’s, nature and art museums. We go to Zoo’s, Botanical Gardens, book stores, etc. Destinations spots are also great, trips to the Hudson or East rivers, Coney Island, different playgrounds, simply walking around. Most of the things listed here you can find anywhere you live.
Outing’s depend on where you live, but in general trips to book stores with a good kid selection is a great outing, especially on a rainy day. Museums are great, check out if your city has a children’s museum, there are tons of fun and educational activities in children’s museums, also don’t hesitate to bring them to art museums. You might not be able to stay for as long as you would want, but still worth the trip!