Outdoor Activities : Yet to do this Fall

With the weather getting cooler each day, I’ve found that we’re not getting outside nearly as much as we were this summer. The weather is still plenty nice to play all day outside, just with a jacket on instead. [Though that jacket seems to have bugs crawling in it or something, Henry just doesn’t want […]

Art: DIY Wrapping Paper from Tissue Paper

George is turning 1…tomorrow!   Henry and I got creative by making some of our own wrapping paper for George’s present. A simple art technique with tissue paper and water, that I learned about from The Little Red Hen. Henry started with ripping different colors of tissue paper into small pieces.     We then arranged […]

Baby Play : Baby Food Jars

Baby food jars and lids.  Simple entertainment for a baby. And it’s something almost every mom has on hand. Henry asked to get these his ‘grain bins’ back out and George can’t stop playing with them. [Henry hasn't been the happiest about that either.] Ignore the numbers on the jars and lids, those were for […]

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Pipe Cleaner Activity to Keep Kids Busy

I know Henry’s fine motor skills have never been his strongest trait. So, I do sneak in some fun here and there that works his fingers, such as the Dandelion Hat and Colored Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment. But this activity was not intended for Henry at all. I set out this colander and some pipe […]

Pretend Play : Play Dough Pizza Bites

After sharing 34 ways to create, pretend and learn with Play Dough last week, I stumbled upon Play-Doh’s website and came across Play-Doh Playdates! A bunch of pizza ideas! I loved the Pizza Play Dough idea that I shared from The Imagination Tree, so I thought Henry would love to make his own and have […]

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Simple DIY Calendar for Preschooler

My preschooler doesn’t really like preschool. What do I do? I decided to create some structure to our day. I created a simple calendar of the week, so Henry can see what days he has preschool. As well as seeing what he can do when he gets home from preschool! [That’s my hope, to get […]

Contribute to hands on : as we grow

You can submit your content to be included at hands on : as we grow!   What kind of content? Playful Kid-friendly oriented Parenting oriented Ideas and tips for stay at home moms! Browse around and you’ll get the idea of the content that I’m looking for. It doesn’t have to be art, craft or activity […]

It’s Playtime! : The Areas of Play

In yesterday’s post, P is for Play, I went through a few of the ways I look at play, and how I believe it is an important part of learning for a young child. Luckily enough, I find inspiration for all kinds of ways to play every week from It’s Playtime! [Yay Playtimers!] Here are your […]

P is for Play!

P is for Play. One letter and only one part of the ABCs of Teaching Preschool. Deborah of Teach Preschool has hit an amazing milestone on Facebook: 20k fans. Yes, that’s right, 20,000 fans! I’m thrilled to be included in Teach Preschool‘s celebration! This is only one post in a collection of the “ABCs of […]

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It’s Playtime! : Energy Busters

I have lately felt the itch to get moving.To get Henry and George moving, more specifically. I noticed that we haven’t been doing as many energetic activities as we were prior to the summer. Being outdoors all day does get the kids moving. I looked through last week’s It’s Playtime for inspiration to get the […]