My girls have loved reading the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor since they were each 2. The books are sweet stories about a fancy little girl and her hopelessly plain family. Each story has a glossary of fancy words that is great for building vocabulary even in toddlers.
Recently, we spent a rainy day reading Ooh La La! It’s Beauty Day and pretending to have our own beauty salon like Nancy and Jo Jo.
First, we read the book together.
Then we gave each other manicures and pedicures.
We made “face masks” using 1 banana and 1 tablespoon of honey (not for the faint of heart-my 3 year old gagged the whole time).
We also massaged each other’s hands with lotion and brushed each other’s hair.
Other Fancy Nancy Activities:
- Bonjour, Butterfly!: make butterflies out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners, learn to make butterflies out of capital letter B’s.
- Fancy Day in Room 1-A: have a “fancy meal” making a menu and using your best silverware. Dress in fancy clothes too-bonus points for lots of accessories!
- The Fabulous Fashion Boutique: allow your kids to dress up and have a fashion show! Have them put bananas on their heads for balance.
- Aspiring Artist: Help kids set up an art studio. Put out big pieces of paper and various crayons and media and let them go wild!
- Tea Parties: Have a doll tea party! Use cheerios for doll “cookies” and play cups for tea. Remember to drink with your pinkies in the air!
- Printable Fancy Nancy Paper Dolls
- Printable Fancy Nancy Family Tree
- Lots more fun ideas can be found at www.fancynancyworld.com.
Written by Kristin