Discover a treasure trove of creative play and learning inspiration in these curated collections of kids activities and crafts



Discover: 10 Creative Websites for Modern Mini-Makers

The temperature is (slowwww-ly) dropping, the days are getting shorter, and everything seems to be a reminder that winter is coming (full disclosure: I don’t even watch Game of Thrones).  So in preparation for the indoor season, we thought we would…

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Discover: 30 Quick DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids

October has arrived and it’s almost time to costume up the kids and get out for trick-or-treating! But, it doesn’t have to take tons of time, supplies, a sewing machine, or expensive shopping trips to have the best costumes on the block. We…

Teach your children the value of finding fun outside through simple Shinrin-Yoku inspired nature activities. | from barley & birch

Discover: Shinrin-Yoku and Nature Activities for Kids

Has anyone else suddenly been hearing people talk about Shinrin-Yoku (森林浴)? I googled it the other morning after noticing it popping on the news and in my Instagram feed. Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice that translates as “forest bathing” and encourages…

Make Halloween a family affair with our collection of DIY family costumes favorites (organized by theme!) | via barley & birch

Discover: Our Halloween DIY Family Costume Favorites

It’s that time of year again…! If you’re already breaking out into a candy-coated sweat trying to conjure up ideas for this years’ Instagram-worthy kid Halloween costume (let alone one for everyone in the family) you’re in for a seasonal…