Little kiddos will love this summer swim-themed playdough invitation - with a quick DIY playdough mat you can easily make yourself! | from barley & birch

Make: A Summer Swim-Themed Playdough Invitation

Here’s a quick and easy summer swim DIY playdough mat you can make yourself. Of course, we’ve also included some ideas to help you turn this into an invitation to design playdough bathing suits, explore textures, or simply enjoy the…

Little kiddos will love this summer swim-themed playdough invitation - with a quick DIY playdough mat you can easily make yourself! | from barley & birch
Use up scrap supplies to make this chill pool art for creative summer fun with kids! | from barley & birch

Make: Paper Pool Art with Scrap Supplies

We’re having a scrap art pool party, and YOU’RE invited! Don’t you want to just dive right into our vibrant pool art?! This summer art project is full of simple little visual art tricks that make the most of scrap…

Use up scrap supplies to make this chill pool art that invites kids to design every delicious detail of their dream summer pool party. | from barley & birch
Our free printable insect scavenger hunt on a blue background

Freebie: A Printable Bug Scavenger Hunt

We’re buggin’ out over bugs this year! This summer’s bug-stravaganza was kicked off with a cool set of DIY clothespin cicadas, and we’re rounding it out with a bug scavenger hunt. This invitation to search for actual insects is a…

This sweet little spring cardboard deer craft for kids is a great way to recycle a cereal box and play with natural decorations from the garden!

Make: A Stand-Up Cereal Box Spring Deer

It’s been a cold and rainy spring here in Minnesota, and although the chilly days have slowed my progress outside, Mother Nature works away unphased. Bees have started emerging from the little leaf piles in the back gardens, birds have…

This sweet little spring cardboard deer craft for kids is a great way to recycle a cereal box and play with natural decorations from the garden!
Kids art challenge stickers laying on a sticker collection sheet

Make: A Free Printable Kids Art Challenge

A few years ago I made a set of printable art badges that we had so much fun turning into wearable awards for achievement in art. This year, with so many kids learning at home, I revisited the original idea,…

Create your own DIY Kids mixed media art challenge with our free printable art medium stickers and challenge collection sheet. | from barley & birch
Our free printable kids mini spring art print

Freebie: Download Mini Spring Art Prints!

Back before I had a fancy iPad program with lots of cool texture tools, I used to gather up my inks and brushes and head outside to the garden at the first inkling of spring. Throughout spring and summer, I’d…

Download two free printable mini spring art prints! Lovely hand-inked decor for a nursery, desktop or anyplace that needs a touch of the season! | via barley & birch
Our DIY cereal box reindeer standing among a set of mini cardboard trees.

Make: A Stand-Up Cereal Box Reindeer

My first December in Minnesota has me embracing my Scandinavian roots in a major way. Norwegian traditions like lefse-making, putting up straw ornaments, and watching for the nisse have always been a part of our family’s holiday celebration, but this…

This charming upcycled stand-up reindeer is made from a cereal box and sticks! A lovely winter or holiday art project for kids. | via barley & birch
DIY leaf stick puppets made with paper scraps and nature supplies! | via barley & birch

Make: Paper Leaf Stick Puppets for Fall

Our yard is chock-a-block full of bright yellow maple, elm, and ash leaves, and our art table is awash in autumn-inspired leaf projects (have you seen our autumn-leaf-inspired magic wands or leaf-matching flipbook yet??). The other thing we happen to…

3 expressive kid-made paper leaf stick puppets sitting on a white background