30 Days to Hands on Play : Play in a Box

DAY 26 CHALLENGE: PLAY IN A BOX DAY 26 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes playing with, in or around a cardboard box! Let the imaginations of your children decide what it will be today. Add any elements needed to create it. Inspiration: Tinkerlab had a cardboard box challenge last May, you can check out […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Playful Fun

DAY 24 CHALLENGE: PLAYFUL FUN! And the weekly It’s Playtime! Party! DAY 24 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes getting down on the floor with the kids and have some fun! Start tickling, chasing, or maybe even some safe rough housing! Happy Thanksgiving play challengers! This is a great challenge for today, because you could […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Investigate

DAY 22 CHALLENGE: INVESTIGATE DAY 22 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes investigating something of interest to your child. Whether its how something works, why we use certain materials or tools for things, or a simple science investigation. Take a minutes to research it yourself, then find a why to explore it further with your […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Paint

DAY 20 CHALLENGE: PAINT! DAY 20 CHALLENGE: Paint! In anyway you like! Get creative [and maybe a little messy], and spend 15 minutes of uninterrupted time, with the kids today! Challenge yourself to use a new tool to paint with. Or even better, paint on something out of the ordinary! Or maybe use a new method of painting! Get […]

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 […]