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Creative crafts for the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby horse race will be held this week, and even if you don't live in the South, you can still celebrate the festive occasion with the children you nanny for. Take a look at some ways you can honor the event and challenge the children you watch over to embrace their creativity.

  • Creative cookies: Most little kids love to help you bake! Red velvet cupcakes fit in with the southern theme, but if the children you watch over aren't fans of this flavor, you can always opt to make sugar cookies in the shape of a horseshoe. Once the cookies cool, let the kids decorate these baked goods with silver frosting.
  • Fancy hats: Elaborate hats and the Kentucky Derby go hand in hand. Your little ones will get a kick out of using their design skills to create stylish hats of their own. Start by purchasing a few straw hats at the craft store. Then, you and the kids can embellish these accessories with flowers, beads, feathers and more.
  • Terrific trophies: "To make a paper cup trophy, tape the bottoms of two paper cups together. Have your child paint the two cups gold on the inside and outside, using non-toxic gold craft paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight," suggests Zora Hughes of The Global Post. "Your child can then paint '1st Place' onto the cup trophy using black paint."

As you can see, being a nanny is a fun way to showcase your creativity. If you're looking for a new job in the field, be sure to register with Colonial Domestic Agency! We can match you with a family who will truly appreciate your skills.