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 […]

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It’s Playtime! : Feet & Hand Prints

Last week on It’s Playtime, I noticed a lot of hand and foot action you guys have been having! But before we get into our playdate, I wanted to share that I found out earlier this week that hands on : as we grow has been nominated as the ‘Best Craft for Kids Blog’ on Parents.com![!!!!!] […]

Fine Motor Activity: Cutting Straws

As a learning activity to help Henry learn to use a scissors better, I set out the above items on his play table during his nap. It includes straws, Magic Loops [plastic strings], and a pair of child scissors. I really didn’t expect Henry to be as excited as he was when he woke from […]

Free Play : DIY Road Map

Not sure why it took me so long to realize that I can draw on our play table. But now that I have, Henry and I have created many road maps! Roads are the biggest hit. And since Henry can’t reach across the table, the road always goes around the table. [Its a 4×8 piece […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]