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25 Valentine’s Activities & Crafts for Kids

Valentine’s Day has got to be the funnest holiday for the kids to do crafts and activities! They always just love it and we always go overboard with all the hearts! George cannot get enough hearts! Every day he wants to do something with hearts! So we have been… for the last month, at least! […]

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33 Super Cute Kids Valentines for School

I’ve been on the lookout for some simple, and of course, cute kids Valentines for school. I’d love for Henry to be able to make the Valentines for his class this year. As I’ve been browsing for ideas, I can’t help but find so many cute ones that I just have to share them with […]

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14 Learning Activities for Toddlers

Learning activities for toddlers are pretty much as basic as it gets when it comes to intentional learning activities. These learning activities are more to introduce a concept to the toddler, then to test his knowledge on it. Some basic things an older toddler will start to learn are: Differentiating colors Differentiating shapes Recognizing letters […]

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13 Ways to Get Creative with Tape Resist Art

I have a thing for using tape in activities, and tape resist art is a fun way to be creative with it! I love using tape resist art as a cool way for toddlers to do an art project and actually make something out of it. Its easy for them and beautiful in the end. […]

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Top 10 Indoor Activities for Toddlers

These are my top 10 indoor activities that I’ve done with my kids when they were toddlers. Since its winter time, I gotta have a handful of these up my sleeve. Indoor activities are great to have on hand for any age this time of year. But toddlers seem to especially get antsy and need […]

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ABC Guide to be a Hands on Mom

We’re going to walk through what it means to be a hands on mom, from A to Z. I’ve talked previously on how to become a hands on mom by overcoming some common hurdles, or excuses, that we make for ourselves. But there’s more to it than that. In fact, I’ve put together an entire […]

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10 Tips to Keep Messy Play Clean

Some tips for keeping it clean while having lots of messy play fun from Growing a Jeweled Rose. A messy way to play in the new year! Hello, my name is Crystal, writer and creator of the play based website Growing A Jeweled Rose. We share lots of sensory and messy play activities on Growing A […]

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6 Learning Activities on It’s Playtime

Learning activities enforce a child’s knowledge of what they’re already learning through play. These activities are usually best received when your kid is interested in the topic already. It is almost impossible to force a child, of preschool age or younger for sure, to learn something that they have absolutely no interest in yet. Be […]

15 Christmas Crafts and Activities at Christmastime

15 Christmastime Activities for Kids

The kids and I have had a blast with Christmastime activities this year! I thought I’d place them all in one spot, along with some of my faves from last year! With one week to Christmas, there’s plenty of time to do a few activities yet. However, I know with the holiday shopping madness, you’re […]

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Gobble Up These 10 Turkey Crafts!

I’m not sure where this entire fall went, but its already Thanksgiving next week! And that means Christmas is way too close already! Since we haven’t been doing a lot of crafting lately [because baby Louis is here finally! Yay!], I thought I’d share some turkeys I found on It’s Playtime last week. 10 craft […]