Halloween Craft: Spaghetti Webs

After playing with colored spaghetti noodles with George… Henry and I made some spaghetti spider webs with it too! This time, I let Henry do the coloring. What other color would he pick, but green?   I simply had cooked some spaghetti and threw a little bit of vegetable oil in it after I drained it. [I […]

Why Routines are Important to Kids

Parenting is Child’s Play: Routine

Routine. Routine. Routine. We all hear about it from day one of being a parent. You need to get them on a routine! So what’s the big deal? Why do our kids need a routine?   I posed this question to Erin O’Keefe, MA, PCI Certified Parent Coach of The Intentional Parent. When a child knows […]

Imaginary Play : Betty Lukens Felt Boards

Talk about bringing in some imagination to our days! We received these awesome, very high quality felts from Betty Lukens Felts a couple weeks ago. The Carville mat will not be left alone! I once had to actually put it up out of sight so I could get the kids to listen to me! Henry […]

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Create a Family of Pumpkin Mummies for Halloween!

These are a super cute craft for Halloween that the preschoolers can do! I chose four pumpkins that I thought resembled our family from our heaping pile of pumpkins on our front porch. [Ha. Hmm... Not something I thought I'd be comparing to my family...] I decorated a couple first to get figure out what had to […]

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10 Ten-Minute Challenges for Preschoolers

Kate’s here today to create a challenge for you. Are you up for it? Or, more correctly, I should ask, are your kids up for it? This is a challenge directed to your kids to help in ‘those moments’ and I bet you’ll find yourself having fun doing the challenge with your kids too! Kate […]

It’s Playtime! : A Spooky Halloween

Halloween is coming up fast! Oh so fast…. I need to make Henry’s costume yet… and George’s… oh man. What are your kids going to be for Halloween? Here are some crafty, playful ideas, oh and spooky too, to get you in the mood for Halloween: [Artful Adventures: Scanner Art for Halloween] Using baby wipes, tin […]

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Seven Mom Tips : Activia Selects

As a stay at home mom, and an admittedly, addicted blogger. I try to do things as quickly as possible. [This is just my nature, I've always been this way.] I’ve learned to involve the kids in what I’m doing. They love to help. Include them. This sometimes counteracts the getting it done quickly, but […]

Fudoo Boards Special Price!

Start tracking your family’s “food” and “do” adventures and know you are enjoying the good life! Füdoo Boards [a sponsor of hands on : as we grow] would like to extend a special exclusive offer to allhands on: as we grow readers! Yay for us! Get your family a füdoo Board kit for only $20.00.  [A […]

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It’s Playtime! : Creative Fun Art

Some creative and fun art that’s sure to brighten everyone’s day! The colorful art I found on It’s Playtime brought a smile on my face, so I hope it does to you too! Take a look at the beautiful kid’s creations! [Brick Wall Painting at Make and Play] Our house is brick, but I can’t […]

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Sensory Activity: Hauling Corn

With harvest in full swing at Grandpa’s farm, Henry’s always begging to go along and ride in the combine. This weekend, the entire family got out there and rode along! I decided to bring home some corn straight from the field for a sensory activity! [Okay, it may have gone through the corn bins before I got […]