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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]