SPECIAL NOTE: Parenting in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has left us all feeling helpless. But at Nanno, we've come up with a few ways we might be able to help.

  • Free Premium Membership: To help parents who are going to be needing a LOT of child care in the coming weeks, we're offering our Premium Membership (and the ability to book care at a 20% discount off of the normal hourly rate). Just use the discount code COVIDCRISIS2020 when you book. You will get a 20% discount on that booking, and we will upgrade you to Premium Membership for subsequent bookings.
  • Gift Cards: We are offering businesses and organizations the ability to purchase REFUNDABLE Gift Cards for employees/members. FULL refunds will be issued for these gift cards, at the request of the purchaser, for any cards that are unused after the crisis has passed. So if you know of employers/others who may wish to provide this please share this link with them.
  • NannoCare for All: For any employer (or other organization) that would like to offer discounted child care to their employees or members, we are making our employer-sponsored childcare benefit, NannoCare, available for free, for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact us at hello@nanno.com for more information.

We've also given our caregiver community special guidance related to providing childcare during this sensitive time.

Finally, in this special edition of Word on the Playground, we've curated an extra special list of activities for keeping kids occupied during school closures, and we're sharing our favorite list of educational computer games for all ages groups.

If there are other ways you think Nanno can help your family and/or your business get through this crisis, please reach out to us at hello@nanno.com and let us know.

Overheard on the Playground

“Having children is like living in a frat house - nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up.”
-- Ray Romano


Fun and -- shh, don't tell! -- educational things to do with kids.

This week, in light of the fact that a lot of us will be home with our kids (with a little help from our friends at Nanno), we've put together a much longer list of things to do with kids of various ages.

  • Color Block Snowmen :: Using fun colored or patterned paper, glitter glue and crazy cut scissors. Let your kids imagination show and have fun with new shapes and colors! (Kidlets)
  • Spring Coloring Pages :: Springtime reminds us of cleaning, delicious apple desserts, and finding new screen free activities! (Kids Activities Blog)

Great Activities Especially for Toddlers:

  • Use electrical tape to put "roads" on the floor that your kid's toy cars can drive on. (@bubblesandbellylaughs)
  • Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds. (@turdtwig)
  • Try experimenting with water marbles. (Amazon)
  • Put hot water on leftover Skittles to create pretty patterns. (@kinandgrin)
  • Little kids can give their plastic toys a bath. (@allyjurkovic)
  • Preschoolers can continue to learn how to draw letters with an easy-to-make sugar-writing tray. (@acottonkandilife)

Great Activities for Elementary-Age Kids:

  • Indoor hopscotch! (@maebee13)
  • Play balloon ping-pong — all you need are paper plates, paper towel rolls (or popsicle sticks), and a balloon. (@happily_eva_crafter)
  • Try out some kid-friendly yoga lessons to keep your kids centered and limber. (Cosmic Kids Yoga)
  • Have kids cut out hands and then apply nail polish to them. (@mrs.gandhis.classroom)
  • Freeze water to play mini ice hockey. (Playtivities)
  • Start an indoor garden. (RedTri)


Cool new tech to make life easier for parents and families.

Maybe we're a LITTLE bit biased toward tech, but we love educational computer games (almost as much as our kids do). If you're looking for educational activities that kids can do while they're out of school.

For the Tiniest

Montessori Learning

Learn to Read and Write

Elementary School Reading and Math



Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • The Secret to Raising Children That Get Along :: Researchers at Northeastern University may have finally cracked the code. (Huff Post)
  • 5 Steps To Hand Washing :: Did you know that most people don’t know how to wash their hands properly? (Kids Activities Blog)


Interesting stuff you can share with your kids -- or, if they're old enough, even have them read themselves

  • World Leaders Take Precautionary Measure :: Flu-like affliction continues to spread worldwide at an unprecedented rate.(DOGO News)
  • All About The St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun :: The St. Patrick's Day leprechaun is an Irish fairy. Most fairies are delicate and pretty, but this one sure isn't! (Kidzworld)