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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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...

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...

10 Crossing Midline Activities for Kids

Crossing midline is a term you have probably seen if you work in early childhood education or pediatric therapy. Today I want to share 10 crossing midline activities for kids that you can incorporate into your home, classroom, or therapy sessions.Why Crossing Midline? The ability to cross the … Read More...