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: […]

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 […]

Make a Summer S’mores Kit!

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One of our favorite Summertime family activities is to make s’mores together! I thought it would be fun to put together a few s’mores making kits to deliver to some local friends to help kickstart the Summer. The kids and I had so much fun making these and giving them out, and I love that they […]

Make a Water Fight Kit!

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These water fight kits are a fun way to surprise family and friends with a little treat to gear up for the Summer months! I have included a free printable label for easy gift-giving too. My kids love dunking the sponge bombs into buckets of water to throw at each other, and the sponge bombs can […]

How to Make a Summer Book Wagon

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This Summer book wagon is such a simple way to encourage kids to actively read all season long! It can be completely customized to suit the interests and age of any child, and the wagon makes Summer story time a portable event that you can take with you virtually anywhere while enjoying a picnic snack. Great […]

Simple Patriotic Treats!

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Need a super quick and festive patriotic treat for Memorial Day weekend or 4th of July?? These simple patriotic treats are very easy to make! They don’t require any baking, and they use only a few ingredients, so it’s a great way to keep things simple. These are so much fun to make with the […]

Easy Treats Kids Can Make

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These easy treats kids can make are a simple way to add some fun to your day! Since they are so quick to make and use only three ingredients, these marshmallow treats are great for a special after-school treat or party favor to share with friends. Even young kids can make these with very little […]

Harry Potter Crafts and Play Date Fun!

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Do your kids love Harry Potter? My 10 year old has been enjoying the Harry Potter series of books, and much of her love of reading can be attributed to the world of Hogwarts! Recently we hosted an impromptu Harry Potter themed play date, and it was so much fun!!! These activities would be great […]

Mother’s Day Gift Kids Can Make

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Here’s a quick Mother’s Day gift kids can make that is sure to make Mom happy, especially if she is a fan of delicious dark chocolate! These sweet chocolate bouquets are so much fun to make! I love how bright and cheerful they look when arranged in a small vase. My 5 year old could […]

How to Make a Mini Sketchbook from a Sheet of Paper (EASY)

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You won’t believe how easy it is to make these mini sketchbooks! These sketch books would be great for party favors, pocket journals, or just for doodling whenever inspiration strikes. They only take a few seconds to make, and my 9 year old made several of these as favors for her birthday party guests last […]

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids

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Are you celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids this year? Mark and I will be, and that means we’ll be ringing in the New Year with Rio de Janeiro (super-convenient since it is located a few time zones ahead of us)!! This morning we’re busy creating a Brazilian-inspired music playlist (with plenty of Sergio Mendes), and […]

Ideas for Spooky Sensory Halloween Boxes

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While cleaning out the pantry the other day, I came across a very old jar of olives and thought they would be great for a spooky sensory experience — just in time for Halloween! To create your own spooky sensory Halloween boxes, you will need: empty cardboard boxes with the bottom removed and a hole […]

Glow-in-the-Dark Disney Fairy Party & Room Reveal!

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These creative party ideas (and room re-do project) are brought to you by Glidden via MomTrends. As if the girls were not excited enough to have their room painted with Disney’s Ready Set Glow! Specialty Paint, we recently hosted a little glow-in-the-dark Disney fairy party for some of their friends with a glowing room reveal […]

Kid Craft — Rocket Straws!

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Quite possibly the most fun craft EVER! These rocket straws are a super quick craft project that can lead to hours of active play time fun!! Emily declared this was the “most fun craft project EVER”, and the kids have been playing with them indoors (and out) ever since. Yay for easy projects that keep […]

Quick Craft: Scratch Art Valentines

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Looking for a super quick craft for the kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Something with a little sparkle and lace?? Then this adorable Valentine ornament craft is for you!  To make your own scratch art Valentine ornaments, you will need: Scratch Magic paper (we used sheets from the Scratch & Sparkle Deluxe Kit, so pretty!), […]

No-Bake Winter Forest Treats

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Do your kids like to decorate cookies, cupcakes, and other treats? Are you tired of all that baking? Need a kid-friendly activity that is super quick and easy?? Then these no-bake Winter treats are for you! I liked that this was easy to set up, kept the kids happily entertained for a long time, and […]