Hands on Play

Debt Free Holiday: DIY Felt Boards

Debt Free Holiday: DIY Felt Boards

That’s right, it’s that time of year again, when we are thinking of how to have a lovely, thoughtful holiday without breaking the bank (or the planet!). Every year I look for “green” gift ideas that save cash and reduce, reuse, recycle while still being special and encouraging creativity. (I recently saw Polar Express for the first time, and I LOVE the scene where they explain that Santa is now in the refurbishing business, giving unloved toys new life. I’ve been saying that for years!)

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Autumn Leaves Playdate

Autumn Leaves Playdate

Many thanks to JMM Danette Z. for her help with this one! That nip in the air is here, and the leaves are falling down. What better way to make learning about Autumn fun than with an Autumn Leaves Playdate? Autumn leaves and seed pods offer lots of possible art, science, discovery and tactile activity

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Jack and the Beanstalk (plus lesson resources)

Jack and the Beanstalk (plus lesson resources)

Jack and the Beanstalk simply couldn’t be a more perfect foil for hands on storytelling. First of all, Good Ol’ Jack doesn’t listen to his mother and mass chaos ensues. If you can’t make that work for you, then you just aren’t trying very hard. Secondly, he grows a giant beanstalk that turns out to

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Fairy Tale Playdate: Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty

Fairy Tale Playdate: Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty

Have I mentioned how much I love fairy tales? Well, yes, I probably have. I am a subscriber to the idea that fairy tales promote imagination and creativity, and I love to expose my kids to them. Sleeping Beauty (or Briar Rose, as it was historically called) opens the floor for you to discuss not

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Mish Mash Roll Pound Smash! A Playdough Playdate

Mish Mash Roll Pound Smash! A Playdough Playdate

There seems to be something universally soothing about play dough. Or, perhaps I should say NEARLY universal. My littlest has yet to get over his bitter disappointment that play dough isn’t something to eat, and I’m told there are children with sensory issues who do not enjoy it at all. For most, though, it seems

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