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 […]

Parenting is Child’s Play: Independence

Allowing your child to independent. That sounds obvious, and maybe even easy. But it is something I believe every parent may struggle with at some point in those early independent, yet dependent, years. How to keep some control of the chaos, yet allow your child to have a say, takes some balance. Jillian, author of the […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Paint

DAY 20 CHALLENGE: PAINT! DAY 20 CHALLENGE: Paint! In anyway you like! Get creative [and maybe a little messy], and spend 15 minutes of uninterrupted time, with the kids today! Challenge yourself to use a new tool to paint with. Or even better, paint on something out of the ordinary! Or maybe use a new method of painting! Get […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : In the Kitchen

DAY 18 CHALLENGE: KIDS IN THE KITCHEN DAY 18 CHALLENGE: Get in the kitchen and spend some uninterrupted* time with the kids making something together! Try to find a kid-friendly recipe that your kids can lead the way on. [*uninterrupted : being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, […]

It’s Playtime! : Hands on Play

Today’s challenge is to create a reading nook! I can’t wait to make one [this is something we don't generally do with the boys]. Head over to The Imagination Tree for some ideas and more info on the challenge! Today, for It’s Playtime, I’m sharing some of the fun things you’ve been up to with the 30 […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : A Hunt

DAY 16 CHALLENGE: GO ON A HUNT DAY 16 CHALLENGE: Spend [at least] 15 minutes of uninterrupted* time going on a hunt! Plan one out with drawings, pictures or words. Or shout out an item to look for! Get creative with it! [*uninterrupted : being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Act Out a Story

DAY 14 CHALLENGE: ACT OUT A STORY Today we’re digging into your imaginations [as well as memory!] and bringing a story to real life! Read a story, or have your child tell it from memory and play the parts. Bring the story to life! I recently read about this Comprehension Story Walk at Fairy Dust Teaching that could […]

30 Days to Hands on Play : Field Trip

DAY 12 CHALLENGE: FIELD TRIP! I don’t know how many times I see events going on that I want to do with the boys, but they come and go without us ever attending them. Today we are! We’re choosing a field trip that’s local and we’re going to enjoy it for today! DAY 12 CHALLENGE: It’s […]