Halloween Activity: Play Dough Spiders

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This Halloween activity for kids is quick and easy to set up using whatever leftover craft materials you happen to have on-hand! These play dough spiders would be a great activity for a Halloween party, or even just a bit of festive fun on a rainy day.  To make your own invitation to create play […]

Battery Free Gifts for Kids

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Searching for battery free gifts for kids that will keep them actively engaged can be challenging in today’s high tech world. Here is a list of some battery free gifts we love, and all of these became instant favorites! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play post […]

Rainy Day Fun — Paper Bag Houses

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This invitation to create paper bag houses is so much fun to explore, and super simple to set up! It’s a great after school activity, and perfect for when you need a bit of rainy day fun. My kids loved designing their paper bag houses to create a colorful village, then spent the rest of […]

Halloween Craft for Kids

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This Halloween craft for kids is simple and very easy to do! It would be a great Halloween party activity, and only minimal setup is required. These finished cards would be wonderful for mailing to faraway family and friends to let them know you’re thinking of them! To make these pumpkin patch cards, you will need: […]

Teaching Kids About Fire Safety

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I am so excited to share a new free app with you that is designed to make teaching kids about fire safety a fun and engaging process! Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms app is available for both iOS and Andriod devices. It’s free, easy to install, and super fun for the kids […]

Fostering Creativity with Seedling Craft Kits

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Looking for a fun rainy day activity? Do your kids enjoy crafting, but you never seem to have all of the supplies you need on-hand? Exciting news — Seedling, a company based in New Zealand, is bringing their fantastic craft kits to the US! There are over 250 different kits to choose from, and they are […]

Celebrating Halloween with Kids

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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Halloween with Kids: Crafts, Books, and Recipes for Spooktacular Playtime Fun! This guide to celebrating Halloween with kids is made up of posts from our team of amazing writers for the Inner Child Fun network of sites. We think you will enjoy getting to know our writers for Inner Child Learning, Inner Child Food, and Inner […]

Puzzles and Pajamas Picnic

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Hosting a puzzles and pajamas picnic is such a fun and special way for the kids to enjoy an afternoon snack and make the most of a rainy afternoon! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play idea. This puzzles and pajamas picnic is very simple to […]

Quick and Easy After School Snacks

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These quick and easy after school snacks are a great way to pack in nutrition in a short amount of time — perfect for busy family schedules! A big thank you to Capri Sun for sponsoring today’s after school snack ideas! I like to have Capri Sun Juice Drinks on-hand for a portable and convenient […]

5 Steps to a Calmer Before School Morning Routine

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Mornings before school are notorious for being rushed and hectic, but with just a bit of prior planning you may be able to enjoy a calmer before school morning routine that sets the family up for a successful day. Here are some of our favorite tips for a calmer before school morning routine and a […]

Making Fun Family Memories

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We really enjoyed our adventures in the Chevy Traverse! We had so many fun things planned for the week, and you can read about that here. A big thank you to Chevy for helping us make such fun family memories this summer!! My husband, Mark, and I were on a mission to complete 13 acts of […]

Fall Crafts for Kids

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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Fall with Kids: Crafts, Books, and Recipes for Autumn Playtime Fun! This collection of Fall crafts for kids is made up of posts from our team of amazing writers for the Inner Child Fun network of sites. We think you will enjoy getting to know our writers for Inner Child Learning, Inner Child […]

Handmade Gift Kids Can Make

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The kids are always looking for pretty gifts they can make for family or friends, and these hand-painted trivets are perfect (and useful) gifts. They are simple to make, and even the littlest artists can have fun with this easy project!! This is such a fun rainy day craft for kids, plus it’s a great […]

Making Our Own Adventure

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This summer, our friends at Chevrolet have offered us the opportunity to test drive the new Chevy Traverse for a full week. We are all so excited for this experience and cannot wait to share our adventure with you! I may or may not have done a little happy dance when it arrived (hint: I […]

Simple (and Delicious) Pleasures for Fall

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The fall season is quickly approaching, and one of my favorite simple pleasures this time of year is to make a quick run to our local bakery for some tasty treats to bring back home and share with family and friends! Some of my personal favorites are pumpkin muffins, fresh whole grain bread with currants, […]

Morning Activities Before School

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These playful ways to connect with your kids on weekday mornings are simple to set up, easy to clean up afterwards, and only require a couple of minutes to do! Weekday mornings are notorious for being a busy and hectic time — especially once the school year begins. Thankfully, with just a bit of planning the […]

The Best Quick and Easy Crafts for Summer

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These quick and easy crafts for Summer are so much fun to make, and they will help you make the most of your time with the kids over these next couple of days! All of these use common household items you probably already have on-hand, and they are simple to set up. Yay for simple and fun […]

How to Make a Fort Building Kit

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For a recent friend’s birthday, my kids wanted to surprise the birthday child with something super fun — a fort building kit! It was quick and easy to put together, but most importantly, it made the birthday girl smile!! They were very happy to learn that the fort building kit has already been put to […]