5 Steps to a Calmer Before School Morning Routine

Mornings before school are notorious for being rushed and hectic, but with just a bit of prior planning you may be able to enjoy a calmer before school morning routine that sets the family up for a successful day. Here are some of our favorite tips for a calmer before school morning routine and a […]

Fall Crafts for Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Fall with Kids: Crafts, Books, and Recipes for Autumn Playtime Fun! This collection of Fall crafts for 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 […]

Apple Cinnamon Stick Bubble Wands

Last fall, one of the most popular crafts shared on my blog, Fireflies and Mud Pies, were the Halloween Bubble Wands my children and I created from wire, cookie cutters, and cinnamon sticks. I thought it would be fun to recreate that craft for the apple harvest season. Shared below is how my boys and I […]

Simple (and Delicious) Pleasures for Fall

The fall season is quickly approaching, and one of my favorite simple pleasures this time of year is to make a quick run to our local bakery for some tasty treats to bring back home and share with family and friends! Some of my personal favorites are pumpkin muffins, fresh whole grain bread with currants, […]

Thankful Turkeys

Thankful Turkeys are a classic Thanksgiving craft for children I never grow tired of. This year, I’m especially fond of our turkeys because for the very first time, Colin wrote every single word independently using phonics, visual clues, and his sight words.    To make Thankful Turkeys, you will need: colored card-stock scissors glue, tape, […]

Quick Thanksgiving Craft for Kids

Looking for an easy and quick Thanksgiving craft for kids? This build-a-turkey play set is simple to make, and the kids can build and re-build their festive turkeys over and over again! To make your own, you will need craft foam, a bit of water, and surface onto which to build your turkey (a window, […]

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

Looking for some quick and easy Thanksgiving ideas for kids? Every week, Megan Sheakoski of Coffee Cups and Crayons hosts the Coffee Break, a Google Hangout event featuring creative bloggers from around web sharing great kid-friendly ideas. This week, Megan invited me along with MaryAnne from Mama Smiles and Kim from The Educators Spin On […]

Easy Recycled Crafts – Fall Wreaths

Looking for some easy recycled crafts to brighten up your home this Fall? These Fall wreaths are beautiful, and they are SO much FUN to make using mostly recycled materials or items you probably already have on-hand! There is no wrong or right way to make these, so feel free to experiment and invite the […]

Halloween Activities for Kids — Weekend Round Up

Hosting a Halloween party? Need a few last-minute crafts and Halloween activities for kids?? Here is this weekend’s round up featuring some of the best posts from Inner Child Fun Media sites with festive Halloween recipes, party games, and more! Inner Child Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids — A great selection of Halloween crafts featuring common […]

Candy Pumpkin Addition Game

I didn’t really need an excuse to buy sweet, delicious candy pumpkins, but it sure was fun to validate the purchase by telling myself, “These are for an addition game! An addition game for my kid, of course.” To play the candy pumpkin addition game, you will need: candy pumpkins dice 3 rings (metal canning […]

10 Spooky Halloween Crafts for Kids

Need a quick Halloween craft to keep the kids entertained for an upcoming Halloween party? Do your kids like creepy crawlies, spiders, bats, ghosts, and spooky bones?? Here are 10 Spooky Halloween Crafts for Kids that are easy to set up and super fun to do! Afterwards, be sure to check out our list of […]

10 Spooky Halloween Storybooks for Kids

If your kids are looking forward to some spooky fun this Halloween, here is a list of 10 of our favorite books with just the right amount of spookiness for plenty of festive story times celebrating ghosts, skeletons, haunted houses, and even zombies! I’ve included these books in particular because my own kids have requested […]

Estimating with Halloween Goodies

Halloween can be a fun time of year, filled with pretend play, decorating, and an over-abundance of candy.  Why not put the candy to use, with a little learning exploration?  Here’s a fun Halloween math activity that you do can do with just a bag (or two) of candy and a few glass jars.   […]

Decorate a Window for Fall

For a fun time on an otherwise rainy or dreary day, try decorating a window for Fall using self-stick plastic wrap (ie. Glad Press’n Seal Plastic Food Wrap) and silk leaves from the dollar store (similar to these artificial Fall Maple leaves) for some festive and frugal home decor!! For this project, I attached the […]

Ideas for Spooky Sensory Halloween Boxes

While cleaning out the pantry the other day, I came across a very old jar of olives and thought they would be great for a spooky sensory experience — just in time for Halloween! To create your own spooky sensory Halloween boxes, you will need: empty cardboard boxes with the bottom removed and a hole […]

Getting Ready for Halloween with Pretend Play

With Halloween around the corner, now is a great time to prepare kids for trick-or-treating fun using pretend play to reinforce good manners, important safety tips, and proper Halloween etiquette. Here are some of our favorite ways for getting ready for Halloween with pretend play with lots of imaginative playtime fun thrown in! A BIG thank you […]

Apple Taste Test and Graph Activity

Using seasonal favorites is something I do a lot of in homeschooling.  Each year we do something with apples, then pumpkins, then turkeys, then snowflakes and so on.  It creates a rhythm of the year that the kids can rely on.  I love teaching my kids with food related themes, so right now, it’s all […]

Apple Themed Mini Unit

 I love fall, especially since it means fresh, crisp apples! Every year we visit our local orchard to pick apples and I wanted to do a quick apple themed day beforehand to get the kids excited about picking apples. Planning a week long unit can be daunting but creating a mini unit is simple and […]