Ways to Play and Learn with Water Indoors


Water play has the power to keep kids entertained for long periods of time. It’s just good clean fun! Whether they are washing toys in the kitchen sink, splashing in the tub, or even learning about the properties of water with simple experiments, these water activities are sure to delight kids of all ages!  Ways […]

Books about Telling Time

Books about Telling Time

Learning to tell time can be tricky for kids.  Luckily, there are several entertaining and useful picture books out there that introduce children to the concept of time telling and the function of clocks.  Here are ten great children’s books about telling time.     Tuesday In this incredibly drawn book, artist/author David Weisner explores […]

Toy Fair 2014!


Last week I had the pleasure of attending Toy Fair 2014 in New York City with Amy from Teach Mama and my friends from Melissa and Doug! We had so much fun, and I cannot wait to share some of the new and exciting toys Melissa and Doug are planning to release later this Fall! […]

Invitation to Learn: Valentine Patterning

Invitation to Learn - Valentine Patterning

Whether studying cultural traditions or origin, manipulating food, toys, or other festive trinkets, holidays are brimming with learning opportunities for children. In this post, I will share how to arrange a simple invitation to learn that uses festive Valentine M&Ms to learn about patterning. What is an Invitation to Learn? An invitation to learn is […]

Simple Inuit Crafts for Kids

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Every winter, we love studying all things that deal with the cold.  One of our favorite topics is the Inuits – the Native Americans who live in the Arctic Circle in Canada and Alaska.   Here are some simple Inuit crafts to teach your kids about these Arctic Circle natives: Inuksuk An inuksuk is a stack […]

Playful Learning with Puzzles

Playful Learning with Puzzles- Activities that increase the fun and educational benefits of puzzles!

Whether your child is just learning to master a wooden peg puzzle, or breezing through a 100 piece jigsaw, an incredible amount of learning is taking place! Putting together a puzzle is a learning activity in itself, but the following activities really up the education factor!  Spelling Puzzles via No Time for Flashcards  Simple Word […]

A Special Superhero Cape Making Brunch


I LOVE any excuse to get together with good friends and do some crafting, but crafting for a good cause is even better! When FamilyFun magazine asked me to host a few friends for an organization called Enchanted Makeovers, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do what I love while benefitting others. Enchanted […]

Learning in an Instant- Snowball Fight Math

Snowball Fight Math- Playfully practice addition, subtraction, solving word problems and more!

Looking for a quick, easy, and FUN way to teach math this winter? Just add marshmallows! This snowball fight math activity is a playful way for kids to practice their math skills. And who doesn’t love a good snowball fight? Snowball Fight Math Items Needed: marshmallows magnetic numbers Directions: Use the magnetic numbers (or a […]

How to Make Shredded Chicken


Making shredded chicken is incredibly easy with a little help from a slow cooker. What I love about this method is how simple and versatile it is to have pre-cooked shredded chicken on hand for a multitude of recipes! It can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner and for busy families on the go, […]

My Year in Review Free Printable

Reflect on the previous year as you celebrate the New Year with this free printable!

It wasn’t until the other day that I realized how much my son’s interests had changed from the beginning of the year.  In these past twelve months, he’s grown from a 4 year old preschooler to a 5 year old little boy.  The past year went by like a blur, making me realize that I […]

Most Popular Learning Activities in 2013

The Most Popular Learning Posts from Inner Child Learning in 2013!

As this year is coming to an end, I’d like to thank everyone for making this first full year of Inner Child Learning a great one! We have a great team of contributing writers that have really helped make learning fun. And we are thankful to have the support of a fantastic community of readers. […]

Bring Your Creations to Life with littleBits


When I first learned about littleBits, I immediately put their Base Kit on Emily’s wish list. You may have seen them featured on TED. For kids who are 8 years old and up and love to build things, littleBits kits allow kids to bring their creations to life using a variety of modules to build […]

Peppermint Mocha Teacher Gift

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This holiday season, show appreciation and gratitude for your child’s teacher by giving her/him a mug full of delicious, sweet Peppermint Mocha Mix. Kids can help mix it, package it, and will experience the warmth and joy of giving. Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup instant coffee granules 1/2 cup cocoa powder 20 peppermint starlight […]

Holiday Service Projects for Kids

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In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget the importance of giving.  Holiday service projects for kids is an easy ways to foster at an early age why it’s important to give to others, and not just receive gifts for ourselves during this time. The concept of giving is something […]

Kids Can Set the Table

Kids can set the table

Between ages 3 and 5, young children are ready to learn how to set the table. As your child masters this basic chore, he will feel responsible, capable, and proud. And you? Well, you will have one less thing to worry about at mealtime! Kids Can Set the Table . . . But, they may […]

Handmade Holidays Crafting Fun


Are you on Pinterest? Do you find yourself pinning beautiful craft projects, but hardly ever seem to have the time to actually make them?? Thanks to the Michael’s “Don’t Just Pin It, Make It Your Own” campaign, I had the opportunity to encourage crafters to at the Bala Cynwyd, PA store event to get their […]

Teaching Children to be Thankful

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Teaching children to be thankful does not require a grandiose act of generosity, sacrifice, or service. Instead, it has everything to do with how you live your day to day life, as children are constantly watching and reflecting as they play, grow, and learn. How do you show you’re thankful? Take a moment to think […]

Special Event at Michael’s Craft Stores


Are you on Pinterest? Do you find yourself pinning creative craft projects, but rarely finding the time to actually DO them?? If so, you will want to know that Michael’s has created a special Don’t Just Pin It, Make It Your Own Event going on in select stores across the country this Sunday, November 10th […]