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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DIY Texture Pattern Craft Sticks

I purchased some texture foam board a while ago and have been looking for some ways to use it. My daughter loves to categorize and organize things by different types, colors, shapes etc. I decided to make some texture pattern sticks for her to use for some hands-on pattern work, as well as a few … Read More...

Practical Life Washing Activities for Toddlers

Toddlers are typically obsessed with water and washing things. At least my daughter was right around 2 1/2 years old.  She would always imitate me with her own broom and dustpan when I sweep the floor and she also loved rinsing dishes at the sink. Even now at 6, she still loves helping out around … Read More...

Sensory Avoiding vs. Sensory Seeking Behaviors

I am surrounded by sensory processing resources and education all the time. I tend to forget that others may not understand many of the terms related to sensory processing behaviors or sensory processing disorder. I recently saw a conversation on Facebook between some acquaintances that prompted me … Read More...