Outdoor Activities : Yet to do this Fall

With the weather getting cooler each day, I’ve found that we’re not getting outside nearly as much as we were this summer. The weather is still plenty nice to play all day outside, just with a jacket on instead. [Though that jacket seems to have bugs crawling in it or something, Henry just doesn’t want […]

Art: DIY Wrapping Paper from Tissue Paper

George is turning 1…tomorrow!   Henry and I got creative by making some of our own wrapping paper for George’s present. A simple art technique with tissue paper and water, that I learned about from The Little Red Hen. Henry started with ripping different colors of tissue paper into small pieces.     We then arranged […]

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It’s Playtime! : Feet & Hand Prints

Last week on It’s Playtime, I noticed a lot of hand and foot action you guys have been having! But before we get into our playdate, I wanted to share that I found out earlier this week that hands on : as we grow has been nominated as the ‘Best Craft for Kids Blog’ on Parents.com![!!!!!] […]

Art : DIY Tie-Dyed T-Shirts

Guest Post by Welcome back, Jane from Mama Pea Pod! Way back, when It’s Playtime was new [this week we've done it 20 times already!], I found this fun filled blog called Mama Pea Pod and asked her right away to guest post on hands on : as we grow. It was around Easter, and […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]

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 […]

Crafty Art : Eric Carle Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is probably the most well-known, and popular, of his books. At least it is to me. I asked Henry if he’d like to make a caterpillar out of tin cans. He jumped at the chance and wanted me to read the book constantly while he painted. Tin cans […]

Music Art : Tin Can Drums

We’ve been on a tin can binge, so Henry and I had to make these drums from tin cans, too! During my hunt for balloon ideas, I found this tin can drum idea from both Quirky Momma and Mini-Eco. Since Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, and his Dad used to be a drummer, I […]

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry and I made a real forest with upcycled tin cans, tree branches and a few plants. Henry loves picking up sticks at Grandma’s house. So that’s just what he did. While he added the biggest branches he could find to Grandma’s twig pile, I gathered some small sticks for our project. I snapped the branches to […]

Art : Window Paint Creations

Paint on a large window, outside?  It doesn’t get much better than that! We’ve finally had some nice weather lately, and getting outside has been much needed! I quickly made up some window paint. I googled the recipe for window paint and ran across a recipe that included dish soap. I looked under my sink, […]