Creative Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

These creative ways to foster gratitude in kids can help cultivate a sense of appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. It’s never too early to start encouraging your kids to express thankfulness and gratitude. Here are five of our favorite ways to live a life of gratitude all year long! Gratitude Activity Jar A fun ACTIVE […]

Day of the Dead Tic Tac Toe Printable

Here’s a free printable treat for you! This Day of the Dead Tic Tac Toe printable is a great easy activity for the kids to enjoy. Just print and play! The game pieces can be left in black and white, or use colored pencils to color them however you would like! To make this game, […]

Nature Crafts and Activities for Fall

These nature crafts and activities for Fall are perfect for anytime you are looking for active outdoor play ideas this season! The best part is that they are made using common household items you probably already have on-hand. Since most of these crafts and activities are quick to make, you will have plenty of time […]

Pretend Play Ideas for Halloween

These pretend play ideas for Halloween are sure to provide hours of imaginative playtime fun! These ideas are simple to set up and can be made using dollar store items or other supplies you probably already have on-hand. Lots of spooktacular creative play activities to explore! Here are 5 of our favorite pretend play ideas […]

Ways to Play Fall 2017 Calendar

Here’s a super convenient list of things to do with the kids this Fall, outlined in a handy calendar printable! Each week from September through November includes 3-4 activities, most of which use common household items you probably already have on-hand. The Ways to Play Fall Calendar can help you make the most of your […]

Play Dough Pumpkin Pie Shop!

After making our own pumpkin spice play dough and a second batch of cinnamon play dough, the kids were ready to make a pretend pumpkin pie shop! Our house smelled like an Autumn café, and this activity kept the kids happily entertained for a long time. I love that they were able to practice some basic […]

Leaf Maze!

Need a fun and quick activity to keep the kids busy this Fall while they burn off some extra energy? Do you have a yard full of leaves? If so, a leaf maze can turn an ordinary yard full of leaves into an instant Autumn obstacle course! Emily (age 11) created this leaf maze as a […]

Acts of Kindness — Halloween Edition!

This post is sponsored by our friends at Socialstars and Minute Maid as part of the #doingood #minutemaid campaign. All opinions are my own. A few years ago, during the week of Halloween, I missed attending one of my kid’s costume parades at school. It felt like a huge parenting fail. I had planned to […]

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 […]

Netflix Halloween Family Movie Night

If you are considering a Netflix Streaming subscription, I highly recommend it as an excellent ad-free alternative to cable television. The most difficult aspect of Netflix Streaming is deciding which of the many movies or television series to watch because there are so many different options! Having instant access to such a large library of films […]

How to Make a Simple Kite

This video tutorial is great for learning how to make a simple kite! With just a few common household items you probably already have on-hand, you can make a simple kite in about 2 minutes from start to finish. My kids and I love making these kites and spending the afternoon at a local park flying […]

Family Movie Night for Thanksgiving

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to have a family movie night featuring the movie Free Birds and a quick Thanksgiving turkey craft to go along with it! The kids thought these cards were so much fun to make, and they cannot wait to mail them off […]

Autumn Nature Activity – Leaf Detectives!

This Autumn nature activity is a great way to keep the kids engaged in outdoor play this season, and you may be able to do this right in your own backyard! My kids loved pretending to be “leaf detectives” to explore which leaves come from which trees. They went on several top secret missions to […]

NETFLIX Streaming Family Movie Night

Here’s a family movie night idea for those days in-between Halloween and Christmas! The best part is, the movie is streaming on NETFLIX, and the activity can be done right in your own kitchen. A big thank you to our friends at NETFLIX for sponsoring today’s creative family fun post, adding me as a member […]

Halloween Activity: Play Dough Spiders

This Halloween activity for kids is quick and easy to set up using whatever leftover craft materials you happen to have on-hand! These play dough spiders would be a great activity for a Halloween party, or even just a bit of festive fun on a rainy day.  To make your own invitation to create play […]

Halloween Craft for Kids

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

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 […]

Quick and Easy After School Snacks

These quick and easy after school snacks are a great way to pack in nutrition in a short amount of time — perfect for busy family schedules! A big thank you to Capri Sun for sponsoring today’s after school snack ideas! I like to have Capri Sun Juice Drinks on-hand for a portable and convenient […]