Instagram isn’t just for checking out funny memes and posts by influencers. It’s also a perfect place to connect with others who are passionate about caring for kids and to get some serious inspiration for adding fun and excitement to every day you spend with little ones. Whether they’re highlighting unique and engaging new children’s books to read, providing recommendations for delicious and healthy snacks, or demonstrating new ways to encourage kids’ growth and development through play, inspiring kid-centric Instagram accounts are changing childcare as we know it. Here are 10 follow-worthy accounts every nanny needs in their Instagram feed.
Beth, the mom of three behind Days With Grey, offers up fresh games and learning activities five days a week. Her ideas are simple and use things most kids already have in their toy boxes, but in a way that is totally unique and develops their critical thinking, problem solving, and fine motor skills.
Get inspired to go outside and explore with Sandra, a homeschooling mom of two who incorporates nature and a sense of adventure into every lesson. Sandra shares cool lessons, like identifying different plants and bugs, as well as book ideas and creative play activities. She’ll inspire you to share the world with kids in a whole new way.
Can you ever have too many fun kid activities in your arsenal? The answer is no, and Susie at Busy Toddler definitely agrees. She posts new games, learning activities, and boredom busters for young kids almost every day. Whether it’s holiday themed games, sensory play, or just a new spin on arts and crafts time, this Instagram account is bursting with fantastic ideas that’ll have you wondering, why didn’t I think of that?
This account, created by a dietitian mom named Jennifer, offers creative snack ideas, genius ways to inspire kids to try new and healthy foods to kids, and short and simple tips to help kids develop a healthier relationship with food. Anyone who regularly prepares meals and snacks for kids knows how easy it is to get stuck in a rut made of Goldfish and string cheese. This Instagram will help you break free.
Learning is at the heart of everything on Poppy’s Preschool, which is run by an early childhood educator. The account shares fun educational activities for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as ideas for these cool little travel kits that you can put together to keep kids learning and playing on the go.
If you care for babies and toddlers, this is the account for you. It’s filled with entertaining things for even the littlest kids to do. Even better? Each activity is labeled to let you know if it’s teaching gross motor skills, fine motor skills, problem solving, language development, creative play, or sensory play, making it super easy to be sure you’re covering all the bases.
What should read this week? This account answers that question with reviews of different children’s books. They also share neat activities to accompany different stories, like building a sensory play zoo to go with a book about animals or making cupcake wrapper “fireworks” to go with The Very Lonely Firefly.
This Instagram page my Melissa Cheok is all about learning through play, and she has some seriously cute ideas. Her activities focus on counting, learning letters and sounds, and introducing concepts like telling time, reading, and even learning about the digestive system. They’re great for early learners and can be adapted for early elementary kids, too.
Add a little bit of art history into arts and crafts time. This awesome Instagram account ties regular kiddie art projects to stunning classical works of art, so art time becomes creative and informative. There’s also free weekly Art History Kids newsletter you can sign up for that offers weekly projects and games.
Alex, who runs this page, is a teacher with a passion for making learning fun. She offers adorable educational game ideas, as well as free printables that help kids work on language and math skills so you can help them get classroom-ready at home.