Welcome to Growing Hands-On Kids

Are you struggling to find age-appropriate activities that build skills and challenge your child? Every child develops in a sequence of skills that are the building blocks for their future learning. Children need multiple opportunities to develop these skills in a variety of ways and learning styles.

I believe that all children can reach their fullest possible potential through hands-on play and developmentally appropriate activities.

My mission is to provide developmental tips, tools, and strategies to help you grow hands-on kids.

Whether you are a parent, educator, therapist or other professional, this site is for you. Welcome!

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25 Heavy Work Activities for Home. Proprioceptive input for sensory processing.

25 Heavy Work Activities for Home

Does your child struggle with focus and attention? Are you looking for some ways to help them self-regulate? Heavy work activities can be the answer! Today I am sharing 25 heavy work activities for home that don't take a lot of set-up or equipment.What is Heavy Work? In short, Heavy Work is a … Read More...

Play dough tic-tac-toe game. Pre-writing activity for kids.

Play Dough Tic-Tac-Toe Game: Pre-Writing Activity for Kids

I'm always looking for fun ways to work on pre-writing skills with my 6-year-old and 3-year-old. This play dough tic-tac-toe activity is perfect for improving fine motor skills and introducing the "X" and "O" shape to your child. It's a great pre-writing activity for kids, especially kindergarten … Read More...

How to Stop Letter Reversals in Handwriting. Occupational Therapy tips.

How to Stop Letter Reversals in Handwriting

Do you have a child who is struggling with letter reversals in handwriting? Many still associate letter reversals with dyslexia, but this is not the case. Letter reversals are common for many children. So let's take a look at some tips, tools, and strategies for how to stop letter reversals in … Read More...