Simple Star Wars Room Makeover

Here is a simple idea for a Star Wars room makeover that teens or tweens could do with very little help from grown ups. My kids were so happy to learn about the new glow-in-the-dark Star Wars decals that are available in specially marked packages of General Mills cereals! As of this month, Cinnamon Toast […]

How to Make Spiral Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets are fun to make, to give, and to receive! This spiral friendship bracelet is the perfect beginner project because it is quick and easy to make by using the same knotting technique over and over. My kids and I made several of these in so many different color combinations. A big thank you […]

How to Make a Paper Airplane (Easy)

Do you remember making paper airplanes when you were a kid? Here is a step by step tutorial for how to make a paper airplane (dart style) with a video to walk you thru the process. It is one of the fastest and simplest paper airplane versions you can make. This is a classic childhood […]

Snow Books, Crafts, and Activities

Need some ideas for what to do with the kids during Winter? These books, crafts, and activities are perfect for celebrating snow whether you are stuck inside during a blizzard, outdoors playing in the snow, or wishing you had snow, you will find lots ideas to inspire plenty of Winter-themed creative play fun! In case […]

Mardi Gras Crafts and Activities

February 9th is Fat Tuesday in New Orleans! You don’t have to travel to the Big Easy to enjoy some festive fun. Here are some at-home crafts, activities, and recommended books to celebrate Mardi Gras with kids (of all ages). A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s ideas […]

How to Make Balloon Dogs

Balloon Animals for Beginners: Hi, I’m Emily from Inner Child Fun. I am eleven years-old. Why don’t you join me for some crafty fun? For this project, we are going to make balloon animals, particularly DOGS! Once you learn how to make a balloon dog, other animals use many of the same techniques. If you think […]

Winter Treat – Snowman Snack Mix

This snowman snack mix is the perfect no-bake Winter treat that kids can make to give to friends or family! The best part is that it uses common ingredients that you may already have on-hand in your pantry. My kids enjoyed making several small bags of this snowman snack mix for simple handmade holiday gifts! You may […]

Cabin Fever Boredom Busters

These cabin fever boredom busters are the perfect cure for anytime you may be stuck indoors during the long Winter months! Keeping the kids entertained indoors is not always an easy task, but these activities use common household items and the set ups are simple. I love how many of these activities can inspire lots of learning […]

Elf Bootcamp!

It was the first day of Winter break, and I had a to do list that was a mile long. There were gifts to be wrapped, goodies to bake, and lots of decorating to be done. Inspired by the lovely Katherine Marie, I planned our own version of Elf Bootcamp and the kids were excited […]

Letters to Santa!

Writing letters to Santa is such a fun Christmas tradition, and there are plenty of opportunities for learning too! For the past couple of years, I have picked one day in early December for the kids to write their letters to Santa as one of our first advent activities. I love surprising them with this […]

Learning About Wildlife – Free Lesson Plans and More!

This post is sponsored by our friends at WeAreTeachers.com and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). All opinions are my own. From the time my kids were very young, we would frequently go on nature hikes at local parks together to observe and learn more about wildlife. These outdoor walks were some of my […]

Leaf Maze!

Need a fun and quick activity to keep the kids busy this Fall while they burn off some extra energy? Do you have a yard full of leaves? If so, a leaf maze can turn an ordinary yard full of leaves into an instant Autumn obstacle course! Emily (age 11) created this leaf maze as a […]

Acts of Kindness — Halloween Edition!

This post is sponsored by our friends at Socialstars and Minute Maid as part of the #doingood #minutemaid campaign. All opinions are my own. A few years ago, during the week of Halloween, I missed attending one of my kid’s costume parades at school. It felt like a huge parenting fail. I had planned to […]

Fall Treasure Hunt Printable

Going on a Fall Treasure Hunt is a great way to enjoy quality time outdoors while observing the beauty of the season. A few years ago, I started to take my kids on these adventures and it has become a favorite family tradition ever since! Every year when the leaves start to change colors, we […]

Netflix Halloween Family Movie Night

If you are considering a Netflix Streaming subscription, I highly recommend it as an excellent ad-free alternative to cable television. The most difficult aspect of Netflix Streaming is deciding which of the many movies or television series to watch because there are so many different options! Having instant access to such a large library of films […]

5 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words

These fun ways to practice spelling words make studying something my second grader looks forward to every week! These ideas are all super quick and easy to set up. Many times I set things up as an invitation to study on our kitchen table for when the kids come home from school. Not only are […]

Activities for Unwinding After School

For many kids, a long hard day at school can be stressful and tiring. These activities for unwinding after school take very little time to set up, and can be an effective way to relax and recharge energy levels. Just 10 minutes to unwind after school can make a difference in study habits, homework skills, and […]

How to Make Paper Plants (Easy)

These plants are made from PAPER! I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today because these paper plants are so much fun to make! These would be great little hostess or teacher gifts. I love how bright and cheerful they look! Plus, they use recycled materials. These paper plants are such a […]