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Painting with Balls : Guest Post by QuirkyMomma

I am so excited to have my first guest blogger on hands on : as we grow  to be Rachel from QuirkyMomma. She’s a mom of 4, looking to adopt another, and has lots fun learning activities for kids. Rachel is full of all sorts of ideas for every child. Not just the boys. Not just […]

Paper, Paint & Vehicles

[After two other failed crafty attempts today.] Henry created this piece of art:   While I was getting supper on the table, I handed him a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper. Color of his choice: Green. Poured some washable paint in a container. And gave him his green paintbrush. [A couple of months ago, Henry and I bought this […]

Cupcake Masterpieces by the Future Baker

I had some work to get done at the Bakery this morning, Henry tagged along. [That's something new for me.  Henry tags along with Dad to work at the Bakery quite often. But never with me.] I wasn’t sure how it’d go. Then I thought maybe he could make his own cupcakes while I’m decorating […]

Outdoors in April [take 1]

We’ve been getting outside every day so far – staying true to the challenges*! Not much for activities yet – as its still pretty cold. Although, today it hit 70[!!] and all I did was go for a walk! Henry went with Dad to the farm and played in the tractors all afternoon. Henry and […]

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High Five! [week 9]

High Five!  to This Week’s 5 Hands On Finds!   These are 5 Activities and Crafts that I’ve found   but haven’t had time to try them out yet, but want to make sure I do them. [my very high-tech way of bookmarking them] Where’d these finds come from? The following blogs that are full of hands on finds! [Be sure to […]

Shaving Cream Eggs for Easter Tree

A messy messy activity ending with a beautiful craft for Easter Start by adding shaving cream to a pan. [Henry had troubles pushing it hard enough to make it come out.] Add food coloring. Swirl the colors around. Swirl some more [and end up with a not so pretty color] Build towers. Add utensils. [Henry […]

Food Tracks & Layered Play Dough

Making tracks with trucks and tractors in Play Doh is nothing new in this house. Instead of vehicles, today we tried food!   [play food] Craters made from grapes! Corn on the Cob made nice rows. And a fork? It makes for a great tool to tear it all up!  While Henry was exploring the […]

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Balloon Art

In continuing with our balloon extravaganza : we painted balloons today. We painted them two ways : [1] paint before blowing up the balloons [2] paint blown up balloons I liked painting the balloons beforehand the best. It had a sense of mystery. What will this look like when it gets big?     Henry wasn’t as […]

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Activity Course with Balloons

Every child I know has a fascination with balloons. At every birthday party, every kid wants to take one home. They are usually the highlight of the party… [unless you have one of these at your party.] So this week I thought: Why do the balloons only come out at birthday parties? They bring lots of […]

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Balloon Badminton

What can you do with a couple of balloons? [Ideas are welcome!] I blew up a couple balloons and the first thing we did was:play Balloon Badminton! I put together two rackets with paper plates and Henry’s drumsticks. I just scotch taped them on. We did have a couple instances of them falling apart. You […]