Meet the Artisitter- Hannah B.

Hannah B.

Name: Hannah B.

Hometown: Shawnee, KS – A suburb in the Kansas City area.

How long have you lived in NYC? I moved to NYC in early October.

What is your favorite children’s book? Without a doubt, “The Best Loved Doll” by Rebecca Caudill.

What is your artistic focus? Musical Theatre!

What is your go to activity/craft? I love to make up stories. It’s fun to be playing with a toy that a child has had for a long time, and then ask all about the adventures it might have had. Before you know it, this toy has relatives, best friends, and has saved the world two times over!

What is your favorite food to serve the kids? I love a good PB&J – It’s a classic, and kids always have fun helping make it.

What is your fondest childhood memory? Growing up, my parents had a core group of friends that all got together a couple times a month. So, I have magical memories of these fairly large gatherings with homes full of people I love talking, laughing, and making music together.

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? I was an incredibly shy, and fairly serious child. That being said, when I was in the fourth grade my family went to see a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat.” During the opening number, I saw that there were kids on stage and apparently, I leaned into my mom and said “I want to do that. I don’t need a friend to do it with, I’ll do it by myself.” Needless to say, I was signed up for a theater summer camp before intermission was over.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like? That’s a tricky question. Right now I’ll go with the fact that everyone I love is healthy and happy, and I’m in pursuing something that I love to do – dreams come true every day!

Meet the Artisitter-Sara S.

Name: Sara S.

Hometown:
Cooper City, FL

How long have you lived in NYC/CHI/DC?
9 months

What is your favorite children’s book?
The Giving Tree

What is your artistic focus?
Graphic illustration and design

What is your go to activity/craft?
Play dough is my go to activity, or coloring. Sometimes if there’s a favorite movie/show/book that the kids want to watch or read we’ll look at it while making the characters out of Play dough or drawing pictures of them.

What is your favorite food to serve the kids?
I like making PB&J sandwiches together or pancakes with fun stuff in them like blueberries or chocolate chips.

What is your fondest childhood memory?
Going on family trips to Poland to my uncle’s house in the country and exploring the land with my little sister and picking fruit off trees and playing with cats in the grass

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
For a long time I had no idea what I wanted to be at all, but I always enjoyed making things with my hands and playing with color and shapes and started seeing that as a sign of what I wanted to do with my life when I was finishing highschool.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like?
I have a large studio space where I am free to experiment with any kind of material I want while also having time to design and publish some kind of magazine or monthly publication of drawings and stories. And people pay me for my Play dough creations. I would also love to write and illustrate a children’s book someday.

Tote of Toys!

Our Sitter Studio® totes, filled with art supplies and games, are one of kids’ favorite things about having an artisitter® caregiver come for a sitting appointment. We start the totes off with a few fun supplies, and then each artisitter® customizes them with toys, games and art supplies selected for the season and the child.

One of our artistiter® caregivers recently posted this wonderfully cute picture of the supplies in her tote: String, paper, paint, crayons, a book and the coup de gras: Toilet paper tubes!  It looks like she and the kids are going to have a great time.

A Warm and Toasty Tip

It’s a common problem: the weather outside is frightful, but Baby just keeps pulling his hat right off.  One of our families solved this problem with an adorable solution: a baby bear balaclava! A balaclava is a knitted hood that pulls all the way over a baby’s head; keeping it toasty warm, and hard for baby fingers to pull off. The “Baby Bear Balaklava” raises it from just useful to adorable by adding cute little bear ears. Now, not only is baby guaranteed to be warm and toasty, he’s the cutest kid at the playground.

Handmade balaclavas are available many different designs (from bears to dragons) at various price ranges, and are easy to find on sites like Etsy.

A Squishy Experience

Every parent knows it’s not easy to get kids to try new foods.  But one thing they do enjoy is making a mess!  Letting kids be part of preparation, especially a messy one, is not only fun but can make them much more likely to eat something new.  For the holidays we guided our Studio Daycare kids in making mashed sweet potatoes, and we made enough so they could take some home as well.  They loved using the big smasher to squish the potatoes up and were so excited to have made food their families would eat at home too.  It built self-esteem and gave them an opportunity to feel like they could contribute to the family just like their moms and dads!

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