It’s Playtime! : Hands on Play

Today’s challenge is to create a reading nook! I can’t wait to make one [this is something we don't generally do with the boys]. Head over to The Imagination Tree for some ideas and more info on the challenge! Today, for It’s Playtime, I’m sharing some of the fun things you’ve been up to with the 30 […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : A Hunt

DAY 16 CHALLENGE: GO ON A HUNT DAY 16 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes of uninterrupted* time going on a hunt! Plan one out with drawings, pictures or words. Or shout out an item to look for! Get creative with it! [*uninterrupted : being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Act Out a Story

DAY 14 CHALLENGE: ACT OUT A STORY Today we’re digging into your imaginations [as well as memory!] and bringing a story to real life! Read a story, or have your child tell it from memory and play the parts. Bring the story to life! I recently read about this Comprehension Story Walk at Fairy Dust Teaching that could […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Field Trip

DAY 12 CHALLENGE: FIELD TRIP! I don’t know how many times I see events going on that I want to do with the boys, but they come and go without us ever attending them. Today we are! We’re choosing a field trip that’s local and we’re going to enjoy it for today! DAY 12 CHALLENGE: It’s […]

Imagine Toys : DIY Puzzles

Imagine Toys was so very kind to send this beautiful product our way to test out. A 9-Piece Block Puzzle to decorate your own puzzles. The package includes: 9 wooden blocks 6 colors of acrylic paint 2 paint brushes An assortment of colored pencils As this product is for 3+, and Henry’s just three and […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Water Play

DAY 8 CHALLENGE: WATER PLAY This is bound to be a little messy, so prep your area a little bit if you mind. Playing with water is an all-time favorite in this house. Henry and George both could stand on a stool for hours [literally] at the kitchen sink, splashing, scooping, cleaning, or anything else […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Family Time

DAY 6 CHALLENGE: FAMILY TOGETHER TIME Puzzles, Game Night, Coloring. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon or evening! Some together time as a family before the work week hits us again. This challenge may seem kind of obvious, we spend a lot of time together as a family, but rarely doing something together as a family. […]

CraftProjectsIdeas.com : Kids Crafts

CraftProjectIdeas.com is a one-stop shop for all things crafty for kids! With project ideas for rainy days, seasonal crafts, even educational projects!Its exciting to tell you that CraftProjectIdeas.com is a new sponsor for hands on : as we grow. The craftiness may go off the charts in this house! We’ve been using products that CraftProjectIdeas.com sent […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Pretend Islands

DAY 4 CHALLENGE: PRETEND ISLANDS! It’s time to get moving now and let imaginations run wild! Take some pillows, lay them out sporadically. Ta da! You’ve created islands with the floor as water! We jumped from island to island to see if we could make it to them all. Don’t fall in the water and […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Build a Fort!

DAY 2 CHALLENGE: BUILD A FORT! Today is a simple, easy task that every one can do with whatever they have on hand. And every child I know loves building forts! Building it is almost more fun than playing in it, so let the kids take part in that as well! Let them lead you […]