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 […]

A Challenge : 30 Days to Hands on Play

I’ve got a challenge for myself. And for you too, if you’d like to join us! Us? Yep! Anna from The Imagination Tree and I have put together a 30 day challenge! A challenge to play more hands on with your kids. 30 DAYS TO HANDS ON PLAY What is 30 Days to Hands on […]

Carville Mat Giveaway : 3000 Fans!

This Giveaway is CLOSED Out of a whopping 239 entries, one lucky winner has been drawn and the Carville Mat is being sent to her. Congratulations Jenna R!   Last week, the hands on : as we grow Facebook page hit 3000 fans! [Thank you!!!] As a big thank you, Betty Lukens Felts [a wonderful sponsor […]

Halloween Craft: Spaghetti Webs

After playing with colored spaghetti noodles with George… Henry and I made some spaghetti spider webs with it too! This time, I let Henry do the coloring. What other color would he pick, but green?   I simply had cooked some spaghetti and threw a little bit of vegetable oil in it after I drained it. [I […]

Imaginary Play : Betty Lukens Felt Boards

Talk about bringing in some imagination to our days! We received these awesome, very high quality felts from Betty Lukens Felts a couple weeks ago. The Carville mat will not be left alone! I once had to actually put it up out of sight so I could get the kids to listen to me! Henry […]

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Create a Family of Pumpkin Mummies for Halloween!

These are a super cute craft for Halloween that the preschoolers can do! I chose four pumpkins that I thought resembled our family from our heaping pile of pumpkins on our front porch. [Ha. Hmm... Not something I thought I'd be comparing to my family...] I decorated a couple first to get figure out what had to […]

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10 Ten-Minute Challenges for Preschoolers

Kate’s here today to create a challenge for you. Are you up for it? Or, more correctly, I should ask, are your kids up for it? This is a challenge directed to your kids to help in ‘those moments’ and I bet you’ll find yourself having fun doing the challenge with your kids too! Kate […]

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Sensory Activity: Hauling Corn

With harvest in full swing at Grandpa’s farm, Henry’s always begging to go along and ride in the combine. This weekend, the entire family got out there and rode along! I decided to bring home some corn straight from the field for a sensory activity! [Okay, it may have gone through the corn bins before I got […]

Kid-Friendly iPad Apps : iPad Giveaway

How do you feel about introducing your preschooler to technology? I think technology is a necessity. While I don’t want Henry to sit in front of a video game all day, I do believe that technology rules this world and will only be moreso as our children grow up in it. I’ve let Henry use […]