30 Days to Hands on Play : Family Time

DAY 6 CHALLENGE: FAMILY TOGETHER TIME Puzzles, Game Night, Coloring. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon or evening! Some together time as a family before the work week hits us again. This challenge may seem kind of obvious, we spend a lot of time together as a family, but rarely doing something together as a family. […]

CraftProjectsIdeas.com : Kids Crafts

CraftProjectIdeas.com is a one-stop shop for all things crafty for kids! With project ideas for rainy days, seasonal crafts, even educational projects!Its exciting to tell you that CraftProjectIdeas.com is a new sponsor for hands on : as we grow. The craftiness may go off the charts in this house! We’ve been using products that CraftProjectIdeas.com sent […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Pretend Islands

DAY 4 CHALLENGE: PRETEND ISLANDS! It’s time to get moving now and let imaginations run wild! Take some pillows, lay them out sporadically. Ta da! You’ve created islands with the floor as water! We jumped from island to island to see if we could make it to them all. Don’t fall in the water and […]

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It’s Playtime! : Sorting

I’m ecstatic with the response for the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge that I’m doing with The Imagination Tree. For Day 3, Anna’s challenging you with some Block Building! Back to It’s Playtime though… I was overwhelmed with the amount of Halloween activities you guys do! I thought we were busy being spooky […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Build a Fort!

DAY 2 CHALLENGE: BUILD A FORT! Today is a simple, easy task that every one can do with whatever they have on hand. And every child I know loves building forts! Building it is almost more fun than playing in it, so let the kids take part in that as well! Let them lead you […]

A Challenge : 30 Days to Hands on Play

I’ve got a challenge for myself. And for you too, if you’d like to join us! Us? Yep! Anna from The Imagination Tree and I have put together a 30 day challenge! A challenge to play more hands on with your kids. 30 DAYS TO HANDS ON PLAY What is 30 Days to Hands on […]

Carville Mat Giveaway : 3000 Fans!

This Giveaway is CLOSED Out of a whopping 239 entries, one lucky winner has been drawn and the Carville Mat is being sent to her. Congratulations Jenna R!   Last week, the hands on : as we grow Facebook page hit 3000 fans! [Thank you!!!] As a big thank you, Betty Lukens Felts [a wonderful sponsor […]

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It’s Playtime! : Get Moving this Fall

I know it’s almost Halloween and I should be featuring all the great Halloween ideas that have been linked up. You can check out previous It’s Playtime Halloween features on Googly Eyes and A Spooky Halloween. This week, I’m thinking about what to do to get the kids moving yet this fall before it gets […]

Spaghetti spider web craft for kids to make around Halloween

Spaghetti Spider Web Craft for Halloween

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 added […]

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 […]