Activity : Cutting Catalogs for a Book

Henry’s finally got the act of cutting with a scissors down! It took a lot of practice, but he’s figured it out and loves cutting now! [He often requests to do it randomly…] We have these John Deere catalogs and calendars frequently. My parents often grab them at the implement just for Henry to have […]

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A Break for the Holidays : Favorite Posts

Throughout December I’ve decided to take a little break and step back from the blog a little bit during the holidays. I’m going to be exercising what I learned throughout the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge, and focus more of my attention on the family. I still may pop in a couple times […]

It’s Playtime! : Christmas Countdown

It’s the beginning of the Christmas countdown. There’s 24 Days before Christmas! Add to that a collection of 24 Kid Bloggers. And that means there’s a Creative Christmas Countdown! Creative with Kids has organized an activity a day from 24 creative kid bloggers to countdown to Christmas! I’m very excited for this, and I’m taking […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Keep Playing

DAY 30 CHALLENGE: KEEP ON PLAYING! Today is the final day of the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge. While this month has been exhausting with keeping up with all the challenges and all the participants, I’m very sad to see its over already! The Imagination Tree and I have had thousands of visitors […]

Science Experiment : Ice, Water, Vapor

Henry woke up asking to do an experiment! When I asked what kind of experiment he’d like to do, he replied, Ice! Probably thinking of our sand and salt experiment on ice that we did for the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge [for Day 22, Investigate]. I didn’t have anything prepared yet, but ice […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Special Craft

DAY 28 CHALLENGE: CREATE SOMETHING  FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL DAY 28 CHALLENGE: Take a moment to discuss ideas with your child about what you’d like to create and for who. How can you make it special? How can you make it personal? Take the time today to create it for that special someone! [Remember to keep […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Play in a Box

DAY 26 CHALLENGE: PLAY IN A BOX DAY 26 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes playing with, in or around a cardboard box! Let the imaginations of your children decide what it will be today. Add any elements needed to create it. Inspiration: Tinkerlab had a cardboard box challenge last May, you can check out […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Playful Fun

DAY 24 CHALLENGE: PLAYFUL FUN! And the weekly It’s Playtime! Party! DAY 24 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes getting down on the floor with the kids and have some fun! Start tickling, chasing, or maybe even some safe rough housing! Happy Thanksgiving play challengers! This is a great challenge for today, because you could […]

30 homemade ornaments for kids to make

30 Homemade Ornaments for the Kids

Thirty homemade ornaments to make with your kids for keepsakes this Christmas, or just for fun! I especially love the globe ornaments, so I even included a section of just those! Six keepsake ornaments. Ten globe ornaments. And even fourteen homemade ornaments that the kids can make! So call the kids over as you scroll through these […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Investigate

DAY 22 CHALLENGE: INVESTIGATE DAY 22 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes investigating something of interest to your child. Whether its how something works, why we use certain materials or tools for things, or a simple science investigation. Take a minutes to research it yourself, then find a why to explore it further with your […]