Planting a Three Sisters Garden

Short on space but still want a garden?  Try planting a Three Sisters Garden with your kids this year!  With a few modifications this Native American technique can even be adapted to grow in a pot and you can enjoy all the benefits of these plants that help each other grow in even the smallest […]

5 Simple Experiments with Water

April is known for it’s rain showers.  What better time to try some simple science experiments with water!  Today, I’m sharing with you 5 simple experiments that need only a few items and take just a few seconds to set up, yet are fun and explore different properties of water.  1.  Bending pencil experiment  Materials […]

DIY Button Flower Learning Game for Kids

Signs of Spring are showing up everywhere! What better way to welcome Spring than with a bouquet of bright, colorful flowers? We made our bouquet with simple buttons and pipe cleaners, but took it a step further and made up a button flower game. It’s quick, easy, and lots of fun! Here is what you’ll need: […]

Developing Handwriting Skills to Boost Reading Skills

One of the ways to boost your child’s reading skills is by teaching him to write his letters!  Handwriting skills and reading skills are very closely interlinked.  While reading seems like primarily a mental activity, developing handwriting skills can help kids hurdle many of the ‘normal’ reading pitfalls before they even begin to learn their […]

5 Books to Inspire Creativity

Children love to draw, paint, and create, and seem inherently creative. To further encourage your children to understand that their artwork is valuable and unique, I’ve created a list of five great story books that inspire artistic creativity!     Ish – This is one of my all-time favorite books!  Ramon loves to draw, but when […]

Make Your Own Stamps!

We love to explore different art techniques! Some are common techniques that get used often, such as painting, drawing, and sculpting with clay or play dough. Other techniques we use sporadically, like stamping! Whenever we bring out the stamps we always have a good time. You can try stamping, too. Make your own stamps with […]

Exploring Art and Artists

Exploring Art and Artists with kids can be a great exercise in creativity, and a wonderful way to introduce a variety of art techniques. Here are a few posts from our wonderful contributing writers — all about Art! Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Votive Holders on Inner Child Fun Helen Frankenthaler Inspired Abstract Paintings on Dilly-Dali […]

A Visit to the Art Museum

Several weeks ago, my husband and I decided to take the boys on an outing to the local art museum.  An art museum has a completely different culture and set of rules than a children’s discovery museum and I’ll admit, I had concerns about whether or not they would behave appropriately during this new experience.  […]

Suminagashi Art for Kids

Exploring art and artists is a great way to incorporate art into your children’s learning. There are so many fun techniques and interesting artists to learn about! Today we are sharing a fantastic video on exploring the ancient Japanese technique of Suminagashi.  Can’t see this video? You can also watch it here. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JBGDKV2pIw]   You can […]

5 Ideas for Process Art

Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s the process not the product?” That perfectly sums up process based art! Instead of focusing on every child making the same cookie cutter craft project, each child is able to manipulate art materials to create what they want. I’m sharing 5 ideas for process art that range from […]

Around the Web: Birds

This week we shared a fun and creative way to make hanging shape bird feeders as well as the benefits of letting your child use real tools to build a bird feeder. But we don’t want to stop there! Here are even more inspiring links about birds.  1. Go on a frugal field trip and […]

Hanging Shape Bird Feeders

Spruce up your yard, help the birds, and get your kids involved! This simple project will have you cooking up some fun and creative bird feeders with your kids.  Even though winter still has its hold on the temperature, spring has started to show here in the Pacific NW and I am LOVING it!  Yesterday […]

Building Bird Feeders with Real Tools

Building bird feeders with your kids isn’t only doing something nice for the birds. It’s also great for your kids! You can encourage a great sense of capability by trusting them to use real tools to get the project done.  I have many warm childhood memories of spending time in my Grandpa’s workshop. He and […]

Watch Baby Wrens Leave The Nest

Nature provides many opportunities for learning and this week we will be learning all about our feathered friends. Chances are, no matter where you live, you can experience the wonders of birds first hand. You might even be able to spot the exciting first flight of a baby bird, like this one! Can’t see this […]

Around the Web: Colors

There are so many fantastic color activities around the web, and finding them this week has made me happy! It’s hard not to smile (and look forward to spring) when you are checking out so many bright and colorful ideas. Enjoy! 1. Purple Crayon Mural via Inner Child Fun- This is a fun activity to go […]

5 Books About Colors

I’ve asked the contributors here at Inner Child Learning for their recommendations on books about colors. Here are five of our favorites!   1. How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?– We love this series of books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague! Follow along as you discover how dinosaurs learn their colors using items around the […]

Learning in an Instant: Color Word Hopscotch

Combine sight word practice with big fun by playing a quick game of color words hopscotch! This simple activity will get your kids active while they learn the color words. This is easy to set up and can easily be played inside or out. If it’s a pretty day, get outside and draw the hopscotch […]

Learning Color Words with CandyLand

Ever wish you could get more educational value from board games you already have on-hand? Here’s a quick and easy way to make CandyLand, a childhood classic from Hasbro, even more educational for your kids while sneaking in some sight word learning too! To give this game a fun and educational twist, I decided to […]