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Find a creative kids’ craft, learning activity, or DIY play accessory to make here in our full archive of imaginative kids’ projects.

Make moving art with this paper playground art project for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: A Paper Playground Art Invitation

With the first signs of spring come the welcome sounds of excited shrieks, whoops, and hollers from the park down the street. Playground season is nearly upon us, and after a long winter, I have a feeling it’s in for…

Explore movement and composition with this easy kinetic paper shape art project for kids.

Make: Kinetic Paper Shape Art

Today I was looking through an old folder of reference artwork and came across a whole file filled to the brim with the art of Sophie Taeuber-Arp. I first found her work while studying art in college, and she has…

This DIY cardboard unfolds to reveal a secret garden! A wonderful spring or summer art project for kids that can be used for a small world play backdrop. | via barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard Fold-Out Secret Garden

Spring…can you hear it coming? Deep underneath the melting snow things are beginning to happen. Every “cheep” of the sparrows and “hey, sweetie!” of the chickadees has me daydreaming of lush green secret gardens. Since we have to wait a…

Use simple scrap supplies to make these cardboard secret message sailboats! A visual language exercise and upcycled summer craft for kids. | via barley & birch

Make: Secret Message Cardboard Sailboats

Ahoy loveys! It may be dipping into negative degrees outside, but indoors we’re celebrating picture-perfect regatta weather. Yes, this Valentine’s Day we have blue skies, a fair wind, and following seas for the 1st Annual Cupid’s Cup. Super-sleuth sailors may…

Send handmade art with a secret message this Valentine's Day! A wonderful activity for kids with printable morse code and nautical flag printable templates available. | via barley & birch

Make: Morse Code Valentine’s Day Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day love-lovers! This year, we made a set of artful cards featuring my own love language – geometric shapes. But hidden in plain sight is a mystery for little visual detectives to solve….can you crack the code?? Using…

Kids will love cutting apart rainbows to make this beautiful abstract art project that can also be used to celebrate small joys throughout the week! | via barley & birch

Make: Rainbow Road Abstract Art for Kids

Deep in the heart of winter, I typically find myself turning to rainbows for cheery, bright art inspiration. A few years ago I shared a Frank Stella deconstructed rainbow project, and it’s been a site favorite ever since. This year…

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 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 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…