Violet Paint Prints

Spring is almost upon us!  Let’s celebrate and get crafty with this beautiful print made from celery stalks.  I really enjoy making prints from natural objects like fruits and vegetables, as you never know how the print will turn out.  This is especially fun with children, as it is almost a “magical experience” for them […]

Purposeful Painting

Painting can be beneficial on so many levels for both children and adults.  Not only does it offer fine motor practice, it also provides relaxation, amongst other benefits.  Don’t limit your children (or yourself!) to only using paint brushes and paper; think outside of the box and be creative with your choice of media to use […]

Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

Homemade snow globes allow you to create a Winter Wonderland scene straight from your own imagination.  Create this magical Winter Wonderland Snow Globe to enjoy again and again…hot chocolate and snow boots are optional. You will need: bottles (plastic water bottles, baby food or olive jars); glitter; magic snow; plastic or ceramic figurines; distilled water; and glycerin.  Fill the bottle or […]

Sensory Candy Cane Craft

Combine a sensory experience with fine motor practice while creating a cute candy cane craft. You will need: red construction paper, cotton balls, liquid glue, scissors, pencil or marker. Trace a candy cane or the letter “j” on red construction paper. Cut out the candy cane (depending on your little one’s age/ability, have them cut for […]

Simple Clay Snowman

My kiddos made this adorable snowman (or snow woman…don’t want to offend any snow folks out there…) from clay.  You can make Frosty too with just a few supplies and a little imagination. You will need: clay, pipe cleaners, glitter, liquid glue, scissors, cardboard square (or card stock) and permanent markers.  Shape the snowman body […]

CELEBRATE: Christmas Activity Plans

CELEBRATE: Create a Joyful Christmas with Simple Activity Plans Make lasting holiday memories with your children and/or students with these wonderful Christmas Activity Plans from hands on: as we grow. Everything you need in one spot for fun this holiday season! These practical activity plans are simple enough to fit in your already hectic schedule. Make this Christmas season your […]

Best Bubble Solutions

We have been doing a lot of experimenting with bubbles lately looking for that “oh so right” bubble solution.  Well, folks…tried and tested by yours truly, CJ, and CG…here are our top winners for the best bubble solutions. #1: 5 cups water, 1/2 cup original Joy dish detergent, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1 teaspoon of glycerine, and 1/2 […]

*NEW BOOK* Learn With Play: 150+ Ideas for Year-round Fun & Learning

Research continues to show that kids learn best through play.  You should know by now, that I am a huge advocate for learning through play.  As a parent and an educator, I do my best to provide as many opportunities as possible for my own kiddos (and other’s children) to learn through play.  Sometimes, I need some […]

Caterpillar Marshmallow Painting

Marshmallows rock to paint with!  They provide sensory and fine motor benefits and honestly…I think they are just plain fun to paint with!  For this activity, you can use marshmallows to paint a caterpillar. You will need: marshmallows (large and/or mini); paper plates; glue; wood craft sticks; toothpicks; scissors; and paint. 1.  Cut a paper plate in […]

Benefits of Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets have been a godsend to us.  I seriously cannot begin to describe how much they have helped us.  I heard about the multiple benefits weighted blankets provide, but it wasn’t until I researched (and researched some more) and then connected with moms who have children with autism who used weighted blankets with their children, that […]