Cloud Dough Recipe & Ice Cream Shop


Have you tried playing with cloud dough yet?? It is totally awesome! We made two big batches of it for a cloud dough ice cream shop — LOTS of pretend play FUN! I’m not exaggerating when I say that the girls played with this stuff for hours, and it was another great use for our […]

Summer Fun with Kids — Water Pistol Target Range


Here’s another activity to add to the list of things to do with the kids this Summer — Make your own water pistol target range! Emily and Clara had such a GREAT time with this, and it’s super easy to set up. Start by stacking some paper cups into a pyramid shape, as shown below. […]

Kid-Made Patriotic Note Cards


I’m guest posting for my friends at Melissa & Doug today — come see how Clara and I made Patriotic Note Cards (while sneaking in some learning fun too)! Wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful holiday weekend!!

What To Do With The Kids This Summer — 10 Simple Ideas


Summer is quickly approaching, and you may be looking for ideas on what to do with the kids once they are off from school. Here are some of our favorite kid crafts, activities, and ideas for Summer fun with the kids: 1. DIY Sponge Bombs — perfect for an impromptu sponge bomb bucket toss game!   […]

Guest Post by Emily — 10 Tips for a Successful Lemonade Stand


Please give a warm welcome to my 8 year old, Emily for her very first guest post here on Inner Child Fun!! If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to check out her blog (and subscribe to her feed ’cause it would totally make her day) at  Hi! I’m Emily, and I’m 8 […]

Kickin’ it Croquet Style


Kids need to burn off some of that extra energy? Have some old pool noodles on-hand?? Then it’s time to make up your own kick croquet lawn game!! Cut pool noodles in half down the middle (we reused the ones from our awesome marble run), and each pool noodle is enough to make up two […]

Around the Web — Homemade Frozen Treats


Frozen homemade treats are fun to make, plus a super-tasty way to cool off during the last few weeks of Summer! You can save lots of money by making your own ice pops, most recipes only call for a few ingredients (making them easy for kids to actively participate in the making process), and they […]

Reason #1,438 Why Mark is Awesome


We were blessed with our first RED tomato… and there was much rejoicing!!! This was quickly followed by many, many, many, MANY more tomatoes — hundreds of them! Know why my hubby’s awesome?? He totally made several jars of homemade sauce! Also?? He canned them, so we can save them to enjoy well into Winter!! […]

Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas


Has your family ever tried a staycation? They can be a great budget-friendly alternative to pricey vacations, and usually require a lot less planning. YAY for spontaneous adventures and quality family time!! Here are a few ways to make a family staycation even more special. Note: For those in the Southern Hemisphere, some ideas for […]

Nature Drawing – Seasonal Trees


When I was in second grade, I had a lovely teacher (Thank you, Mrs. Barnhart!!) who would take a few minutes every season to let us go outside and draw the same tree throughout the year. This proved to be a simple, but very effective lesson in art, weather, and science. At the end of […]

Colorful Spray Painted Fabric


Looking to a fun way to impress guests at your next dinner party? Need a colorful way to dress up meal time, and a fun project to keep the kiddos entertained? Then this project is for you!! Start with the cheapest (most boring) cloth napkins you can find, pre-wash and dry (no fabric softener)…. Fill […]

Summer Safety Tips and Giveaway ($100 Home Depot Gift Card)


It’s time for another FUN giveaway — this time from our newest sponsor, State Farm Insurance! Did you know that State Farm includes lots of great safety tips on their learning center website??  Seriously, there are LOADS of articles there! They have helpful tips on everything from how to properly install child safety gates to […]

How to Make Sponge Bombs


For a FUN time, here’s how to make sponge bombs!  Begin by cutting up ordinary household sponges into thirds, and wrapping an “ouchless” hair elastic around them…. Tip — Here is a quick video tutorial to demo how QUICK & easy these are to make! Grab a friend and a couple of buckets — each […]

10 Cheap Ways to Beat the Heat


Like much of the US, we are stuck in a “heat dome” which means it’s time to find creative ways to keep cool! Some tips to keep in mind — Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, stay in shaded areas, drink plenty of water, and be sure to offer kids lots […]

Pajama Breakfast Picnic


When the girls woke up this morning, I surprised them with a pajama breakfast picnic — it was a great way to enjoy some time together outdoors early in the morning before the day went on to get really hot outside! We didn’t even bother to brush our hair, get cleaned up, or even change […]

Calorie-Free S’Mores for Pretend Play


Want all the fun of making s’mores, but without the sugar-high afterwards?? These pretend play s’mores are SO easy to make, and they are calorie-free so the kiddos can make (and pretend to eat) as many s’mores as they could possibly want!! First, make up your pretend campfire — arrange stones in a circle and […]

Water Balloon Yo-Yos


I made some water balloon yo-yos for the kids, an idea I spotted here — what a fun and active way to beat the heat!! To make your own, you will need a package of water balloons (I see these at the dollar store all the time during the Summer months), and some elastic string […]

Potion Lab!


Early this morning, before it got too hot outside to play, the girls and I put on some play clothes and set up a little “potion lab” in the backyard for some messy pretend play FUN!! They seriously loved this!!! We reused the same clear plastic bottles from our driveway painting and filled them with […]