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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The Best Activities for the Tactile System

The tactile system is often the most commonly recognized sensory system of the body. It is also the one people notice most often if a child has an overactive or under-active tactile system. Anything you touch or feel is part of this system. Today I want to share some of the best activities for the … Read More...

Space Themed Sensory Play Activities with Book Lists

Our summer library reading program was the theme of space, for the 50th anniversary of the moonwalk. My daughter has also been fascinated with planets and space, so I decided to roundup some book lists and space themed sensory play activities that make great book extension activities.Space … Read More...

When Should Children Use a Slant Board for Handwriting?

A popular therapeutic strategy for handwriting concerns is the use of a slant board. Could it be the right solution for a child who is struggling with handwriting? Let's take a look at when you should consider having a child use a slant board for handwriting.When to Consider a Slant Board for … Read More...