It’s Playtime! : Christmas Countdown

It’s the beginning of the Christmas countdown. There’s 24 Days before Christmas! Add to that a collection of 24 Kid Bloggers. And that means there’s a Creative Christmas Countdown! Creative with Kids has organized an activity a day from 24 creative kid bloggers to countdown to Christmas! I’m very excited for this, and I’m taking […]

Science Experiment : Ice, Water, Vapor

Henry woke up asking to do an experiment! When I asked what kind of experiment he’d like to do, he replied, Ice! Probably thinking of our sand and salt experiment on ice that we did for the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge [for Day 22, Investigate]. I didn’t have anything prepared yet, but ice […]

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 […]