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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DIY Outdoor Toys to Get Kids Moving

These DIY Outdoor Toys to get kids moving are perfect for the last few days of Summer or anytime you are looking for active outdoor play ideas. The best part is that they are made using common household items you probably already have on-hand! Since most of these DIY projects are quick to make, you will […]

Brush Bot Painting!

Brush Bot painting is an easy introduction to robotics project for kids ages 8 and up! These Brush Bot kits make for a fun learning project and can be built in an afternoon. Once the robots are built, you can race them and experiment to see how you can make them speed up, slow down, or change […]

Make a Cup from a Sheet of Paper

Let’s say you are out with the kids, and you don’t happen to have any cups on-hand. Did you know you can make a cup from a sheet of paper? This is such a handy trick to know, especially for snacks like pretzels, dry cereal, or popcorn. These cups work well to keep snacks nice […]

Ways to Learn with Kitchen Items

Did you know that many items from around your kitchen can be very useful learning tools? With a little creativity, it is easy to help your child learn with common household items you probably already have on-hand! Here are some of our favorite Montessori-inspired ways to learn with kitchen items: Ice Cube Trays Use for sorting, […]

NEW Kids’ Culinary Passport eBook

Cook and craft your way around the world with the Kid’s Culinary Passport eBook from the team at Inner Child Food! The writers from Inner Child Food have gathered some of their favorite recipes and crafts inspired from other cultures and compiled an eBook jam-packed with recipes, crafts, and fun from around the world – […]

Easiest. DIY Play Kitchen. EVER!!!

This is quite possibly the world’s easiest DIY play kitchen set EVER! All you need to make one is a sunny day, some sidewalk chalk, and some sidewalk or asphalt. Rainy days in the forecast? No worries, scroll down for a free printable version of this DIY play kitchen set for you to use indoors […]

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day recipes are a great way to introduce your kids to new traditions while spending quality time together. Here are some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas to make with your kids! Potato Soup Mix in a Jar This potato soup mix is an easy homemade gift the kids can make, […]

Johnny Appleseed Recipes and Crafts

One of America’s greatest folk legends is Johnny Appleseed. March 11th marks Johnny Appleseed Day and you can use the recipes and crafts that follow to introduce your kids to John Chapman. Chapman’s tale is one of industry and determination. He traveled throughout the Midwest introducing apple trees to the environment and even setting up […]

10 Homemade Alternatives to Valentine’s Candy

Valentine’s Day treats for the kids don’t have to involve massive amounts of sugar. There are plenty of excellent alternatives to Valentine’s candy! Here are 10 homemade Valentine’s Day candy alternatives that are sure to delight kids of all ages! 1. Pencils with Printable Pencil Toppers These would be perfect classroom party favors, and they […]

DIY Play Food — Cardboard Gingerbreadmen

Need a Winter boredom buster to keep the kids entertained indoors during frigid weather? Here’s a quick and easy set up for an invitation to create DIY play food (cardboard gingerbreadmen) that is sure to delight! For this set up, I used a gingerbreadmen cookie cutter to trace and cut out several gingerbreadmen. Then I […]

Pretend Sandwich Set Quick Craft

Are your foodie kids looking for a pretend sandwich set how to? This pretend sandwich set is so quick and easy for the kids to make, and it is made from dollar store items (which you may already have on-hand). Imaginative play is an important part of kids’ development and this pretend sandwich set certainly […]

Wordless Wednesday — Happy Halloween!

Need an excuse to craft with candy? For a spooktacular Halloween activity, invite the kids to build and decorate an IKEA gingerbread house to look like a haunted house using various Halloween-themed candy (some of our favorite “crafting candy” comes from the dollar store). Some other last-minute Halloween links to explore: 10 Spooky Halloween Story […]

Mini Chili Pepper Piñatas (Mexico)

We are continuing with our exploration of Mexico on our Kids’ Culinary Passport series with this easy craft project for the kids! Today, we’re sharing how to celebrate the fiestas of Mexico by making your own mini chili pepper piñata using common household items and recyclable materials. Olé! To make your own mini piñata, you […]

How to Make Your Own Felt Pasta (Italy)

Here is a very quick and super easy project you can make for the kids to encourage plenty of creative playtime fun as we explore Italy on our Kids’ Culinary Passport series! Today, I’m sharing how to make pretend pasta (in this case, linguini) using common household items you may already have on-hand or could […]

Crafting with… Sugar?

This kid craft idea is brought to you by Imperial Sugar. Did you know that you can craft all sorts of things with sugar? It’s true! Our friends at Imperial Sugar have some amazing craft ideas using sugar. I love these ideas for when you need a simple boredom buster to keep the kids entertained, […]