Playful Learning with 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Books about Healthy Eating

Halloween is quickly approaching and with it comes the inundation of many of our homes with candy, candy, and more candy.  During this time, it’s easy for kids to get distracted by all the sugary goodness in their trick-or-treat bags.  Here are 8 great children’s books about healthy eating for you to explore with your […]

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.   […]

5 Books about Feelings

Are you in search of high quality children’s literature to accompany discussions and lessons regarding feelings and empathy? Check out my 5 favorites listed below.   Books about Feelings The Way I Feel by Janan Cain In this delightful rhyming story, children of all ages will relate to the whimsical illustrations and real-life situations described in […]

Basic Squash Soup Recipe and Easy Variations

Fall is here and Butternut Squash will be abundant shortly.  Yay! Butternut is one of our very favorite veggies and I’m always looking for a new way to feed it to my family since it is high in Vitamin A and C. Soup has got to be one of the easiest ways to prepare it […]

The Elements of a Perfect Book Nook

One of the best ways I encourage reading at my house is to make a cozy place where my kids can curl up with no screen in sight.  A kid sized spot, where books are always handy and the lighting is always good.  Book nooks are easy to create with things you have on hand.  […]