Sensory Play : Frozen Excavation

In order to Beat The Heat last week, we froze some berries and excavated them out!  Using tools to find hidden treasures is thrilling for a preschooler! Henry was so excited to dig out his buried treasure.  We got started by making the buried treasures together. We had some leftover fruit in the fridge: blueberries, black raspberries and grapes. Add them to an ice cube tray ...

A Mom with a Lesson Plan : Spotlight

Are you organized and have a lesson plan? I don't. But, thankfully, Jill from A Mom with a Lesson Plan does! Head on over and check out the new sponsor on the blog, A Mom with a Lesson Plan! There's Lesson Plans for every theme imaginable and it keeps growing! Just last week, Jill added a Money theme and before that a Camping theme lesson plan! But my favorite theme that I've ...

Raising Kids is Tough : Ask the Experts

 Raising a Kid is Tough.Teaching your children to become responsible adults is a lot of pressure for teachers and parents. To lend a helping hand, experts are here to lend you an ear along with their advice.The Raising Kids is Tough Series is a series of posts dedicated to help take the tough out of raising kids. Each month your questions on a specific topic will be ...

It’s Playtime! : Fine Motor Skills

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Gross motor skills, Henry has down. He was an early walker, and always ahead of the curve for all the big milestones. Those tedious fine motor skills though, Henry has a little trouble with. Henry's not the most patient little boy, so sneaking in some practice can sometimes be tricky. We have found a few sneaky ways to work on his fine motor with a couple activities like ...

11 Fun Ways for Preschoolers to Clean Up

11 Fun ways for preschoolers to clean up too

Cleaning is a part of life, unfortunately. Why not start at a young age? I like to include clean up as part of the activity we're doing. Making it fun makes it seem more like something we get to do, rather than have to. Henry usually goes with my ideas and generally loves the clean up better than the activity itself. I think it makes him feel important and that's ...

Baby Busy Play: Pots & Pans

Toddler Activity: Pots & Pans

Awhile back, I posted about a cause and effect activity for some learning baby play, while knocking over block towers. This time, George made some noise! I got out the pots and pans and a few utensils. George set out to explore these new objects. He did hit the pots to hear their noise a little, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated. Not only do I find this ...

About hands on : as we grow

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Hands on : as we grow is all about hands on activities for hands on moms. Email: [email protected] Blog : hands on : as we grow Facebook : hands on : as we grow Pinterest: hands on : as we grow [Jamie] Twitter : @handsonaswegrow Hands on : as we grow is focused on the activities I [Jamie] do with my two boys, Henry and George [and soon baby Louis ...

It’s Playtime! : Paper Play

Last week on It's Playtime, I featured all about colors. This week, its all about paper. Sometime to do with both paper and colors: A Color Collage! I'm over at Mama Pea Pod today sharing about this fun learning activity! As for some play ideas with paper? My play pals punch, fold, rip, glue and paint paper in all sorts of ways! [Chatterboxes at Puddles and ...

Conflict Resolution : A Mommy Fun Fact

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Guest Post by Jill's the wonderful mom behind the blog, A Mom With A Lesson Plan.  Jill approached me to do a guest post swap on our blogs. I had to take her up on the offer, I absolutely adore her blog! [Read as: check out her blog asap!] Today, I'm over at A Mom With A Lesson Plan giving a quick tip for camping boredom. Building structures out of an item quite ...

American Heart Walk : Ellie’s Story

Ellie Jo. Ellie happens to be my husband's cousin. She also happens to only be [almost] 4. That makes her one of Henry's best friends.  Keep reading to learn a little about Ellie's life. [Inserted throughout are quotes from Ellie's Mom, Heidi.]   Ellie Jo. Every year, the Heart Walk for the AHA lands right around Ellie's birthday. Every year, Ellie's family and ...

It’s Playtime! : Colors

Henry has learned his colors long ago. He has also learned the different shades of green, blue, pink, purple and other colors. We're just learning what happens when you mix two colors together. [I do think he has what blue and yellow make together figured out though!] There are lots of fun ways to implement learning about colors in your preschooler, These Playtime pals ...

Preschool Technology : Keyboard Lesson

Opening a Word document and letting Henry have free reign with the computer keyboard. Never thought a preschooler could have so much fun. And learn a thing or two in the process! Getting comfortable with a QWERTY keyboard is new to Henry. The letters aren't alphabetical like his toy laptop. Finding letters was somewhat of a struggle. At first, just pushing keys and ...