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 […]

DIY Holiday Wrapping Paper

DIY Holiday Wrapping Paper is a cinch to make and offers fine motor practice for Santa’s little helpers. You will need: paper (bulletin board, butcher, etc.); stamps; and stamp pads. Lay out stamps and stamp pads. Decorate the paper with stamps.  Encourage your little helpers to create patterns and practice counting, colors, and names/vocabulary of […]

Christmas Surprise Gift Box

I picked up a bunch of blank boxes when they were on a mega-sale at a local office store.  My kiddos and I were crafting earlier and they came up with the idea of the “Christmas Surprise Gift Box.”  Get creative and decorate the blank box (We went for a Christmas-theme obviously). Write notes, draw […]

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 […]

Paper Plate Christmas Wreath

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Time get the Christmas tree up, decorate, make Christmas crafts (and cookies!), and spend time with family and friends, all while celebrating THE reason for the season.  Here’s a simple Christmas craft to get started with… You will need: paper plate, glue, scissors, red and green construction […]

The Power of Prayer

I have always been a private person who prefers the shadows.  I was just the “Pastor’s Wife” for the past decade and was encouraged to stay private.  With the addition of this blog, I decided I am going to do something I haven’t done before- share my life, my personal thoughts, and feelings.  You’re probably […]

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 […]


My daughter and I did a first for us today…we baked a pumpkin pie together!  I have never been a big pumpkin pie fan, but my kiddos have been asking to make one together.  So with a little creativity, we were able to make (and enjoy!) a gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie.  Our super simple and […]

Proceed with CAUTION: A Raw, Un-Edited Response to DIVORCE

Proceed with CAUTION… Divorce.  I cringe at the sound of this terrible word.  D-I-V-O-R-C-E.  This seven letter word makes me sick.  I have never believed in divorce.  In most cases, I still don’t. Once upon a time, there was a young, teenage girl.  This girl feel head-over-heels for her brother’s best friend.  Every family vacation […]

Character Pumpkins

Are you looking for a fun way to add some fall festivities into your child’s reading and learning?  Add a Character Pumpkin!  Have your child (or students) read a book, decide the character they are going to decorate, and then have fun making a Character Pumpkin. 1.  Read your selected book and discuss (We chose […]

QUICK and EASY GFCF Sweet Potato Soup

Like many folks out there, I do not have a lot of time to cook, so when I do cook, I try to find recipes that I can 1) make quick and easy meals with, and 2) make large quantities of so that I can freeze extras for later meals. This gluten-free, dairy-free sweet potato soup recipe […]

How To Teach Your Child To Ride a Bike

Learning to ride a bicycle is one of life’s big milestones.  It is a rite-of-passage, exciting yet potentially frightening at the same time. There’s no set age for taking off on two wheels, but usually most children have enough balance and coordination by 4-6 years old to learn how to ride a bicycle with two wheels.  Here […]