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 kids. Proprioception input for sensory processing.

25 Heavy Work Activities for Kids

If you've been looking into sensory processing activities for your child or student, you have most likely come across the term "heavy work". What exactly is heavy work and how it is beneficial? We'll answer these questions today as well as give you some heavy work activities for kids. What is … Read More...

10 Interoception activities for kids. Sensory processing and interoception.

10 Interoception Activities and Strategies for Kids

As we learn more about sensory processing, interoception is a term that is just beginning to surface in the therapy world. Interoception is the eighth sensory system and may have a huge impact on the kids we work with. Today I wanted to share some ideas on how we can support this fairly new-to-us … Read More...

Importance of Messy Play for Kids with Messy Play Kits.

The Importance of Messy Play for Children

Have you seen all the homemade play dough, goop, oobleck, and slime recipes on Pinterest? Or maybe you searched for a fun activity idea and came across the term "messy play" or "sensory play". While messy play may seem like a new fad on the internet, it is an important part of child development. … Read More...