Our Week of Hands on Activities

Hands on Activities for Kids

Keep the kids busy with a simple activity with ribbons. Go get something done! Another very simple activity with some newspaper! Throw balls in the house! A collage of tissue paper on contact paper - cut into a cross just for Easter. A great suncatcher made by both of the boys. Features on getting creative for Easter. Not just crafts on It's playtime! Just the fun an play in ...

It’s Playtime! A Creative Easter

Creative Art for Easter

I'm finally getting into Easter mode. After making a collage cross with the boys, and working on the weeds outside. It's made me realize that Easter is just around the corner. Easter has a lot of craftiness to it for some reason. So I thought I'd share a few ways to get really creative and focus on the process of the art when creating something for Easter. I found a few ideas on ...

Easter Craft with Tissue Paper: Cross Collage

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An Easter craft that toddlers can do! A simple craft with tissue paper collage that turns out as a cross to put in your window for Easter!     It just doesn't seem like it's Easter yet for some reason. I just haven't gotten in that complete 'Spring' mode, besides by being outside every day possible! Seriously, I just [as in last weekend] put the snowmen ...

Busy Play: Ribbons in a Bottle

Busy Toddler Play: Ribbons in a Bottle

This is another super simple activity that can keep the kids busy while you put dinner on the table. Rubber bands have been a great way for me to keep kids busy before dinner too. Plus check out all our busy play ideas! What you'll need: A bottle [something with a smallish neck]. And a bunch of cut up ribbons of various length.   Let the kids do as they ...

A week of Hands on Activities

Handprint Art

Another request for an experiment brought about this "What Dissolves in Water?" experiment. Great activity for predicting and observing what happens. Henry learned a little with his wooden blocks by sorting by shape and size. And building as he did it! Speaking of blocks, I found 40 ways to play with wooden blocks, Legos, and even ABC blocks. Time to have fun with the blocks I'd ...

Outdoor Activity: Rolling Down the Hill

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L-O-V-I-N-G this gorgeous March weather. We're outside playing in it everyday. And we had a first the other day. Henry rolled down our backyard hill! I've tried to do this with him a few other times and had no luck in getting him to do it. But this time, he suggested it! [I tried just a couple days ago...] On a gorgeous afternoon while the boys were playing so nicely in ...

Proud Moments: The unRecognized Firsts

Remembering proud moments with our kids

We all keep track of the major milestones [or at least have the intention of doing so]... I've noticed with George's baby book its missing a lot of the details compared to Henry's, though. We always think of the major milestones. The first time they crawl, first steps, first tooth, and of course the first time they sleep through the night. It seems though that after 2 years ...

It’s Playtime! Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities for Kids

We're outside all the time all of a sudden, and I feel so unprepared! I don't have any activities in my mind yet for outdoors! Gotta start making a list I guess. So today I'll start with some from It's Playtime! Its crazy that this March weather has let us play outside everyday, and without coats! Crazy! But I'll take it. The Artful Child shared 10 ways to play outdoors in the ...

Sorting Blocks by Shape & Color

Block Activity for Kids Sorting by Shape

Henry and I were having some great quality, quiet time together while George was taking an early nap. We were playing with his Imaginets, matching patterns and shapes. When he started to get bored with that, I mentioned doing some patterning or sorting with our blocks. His response? "We don't do that kind of patterning at school..." Okay... well, we can do things a little ...

Our Hands On Activities

Hands on Kids Activities and Crafts

[top left to right, bottom left to right:] 10 Hurdles to overcome so you can be hands on with your kids. Creating some flowers to get us in the mood for spring. Using 3 easy art techniques. 7 St Patrick's Day activities and crafts that we've done. All rainbows and shamrocks. Shamrocks were the star of the show on It's Playtime this week. Browse the full list of play ...

Say Cheese! Share a Smile!

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Okay, these are more spontaneous smiles than saying "Cheese!" and they're for an incredible cause too! Elizabeth, of Broken Treasures, has asked a few of her blogger friends to help spread the word about these smiles. These smiles are Spontaneous Smileys! And these spontaneous smileys are from people like me and you. They help fix smiles of children that need it [kids that have a ...

Getting to Sleep after Daylight Savings Time

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The start of Daylight Savings Time in the Spring is usually never a big deal in this house. In fact, I actually look forward to it. It brings me [at most] two days of sleeping in until 7am instead of the usual 6am. Yay! Henry's really good about the time change. We put him to bed at the regular time [we don't adjust anything because of Daylight Savings Time, its 8pm, its ...