The full archive of our free printable kids learning and play activities


One of our red cardboard ice shanties sitting on a faux pond in front of a dark blue background with twinkle lights.

Make: A Cardboard Ice Shanty Kids Winter STEAM Challenge

Inspired by northern winter outdoor traditions, this recycled cardboard ice shanty art project is a fun indoor creative building activity that combines design and engineering. This project provides an opportunity for kids to investigate construction, hone critical-thinking skills, and encourages…

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…

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…

Our DIY cereal box reindeer standing among a set of mini cardboard trees.

Make: A 3D Cardboard 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 merry and bright cardboard Christmas tree is a fantastic recycled holiday art project for kids, and a great way to use up scrap paper and wrap! | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Cardboard Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

Rockefeller Center, eat your heart out! NYC has nothing on our eye-popping evergreen – the latest addition to our cardboard art project family and merriest little cardboard Christmas tree you ever did see. Cardboard boxes keep piling up on my…