Fall

Fall-themed kids projects and activities

This collaged leaf photocopy art project is perfect for fall and great for teaching kids multiple art concepts. | via barley & birch

Make: A Mixed Media Leaf Art Collage from Photocopies

If your kids have collected bunches of fall leaves that are starting to dry and lose their color, this unique fall leaf collage is a great way to “save” them without keeping a pile that has passed their prime. Here’s…

An autumn leaf kids printable with tons of uses! Make a memory game, a leaf art garland, a collector's book and more! | via barley & birch

Freebie: A Printable Leaf Activity Kit for Kids

When I was little, one of our classic autumn family activities was gathering up leaves during hikes or walks to collect and admire. Sometimes our leaf finds were part of an outdoor scavenger hunt, sometimes we collected them for rubbings…

Our paper school bus photo book on a yellow background decorated with silver foil stars.

Make: A Paper School Bus Kids Craft and Photo Book

Can you believe autumn is right around the corner and it’s already back-to-school time?! School started here last week, and we celebrated by making this fun fold-up paper school bus craft that kids can fill with drawings of classmates or…

DIY Vegetable-Stamped Market Tote

Make: Vegetable-Stamped DIY Farmers Market Totes

Do you love the farmers market as much as I do? If so, you are going to adore this fun afternoon stamping project. You can use vegetables (or fruits) you probably already have around the house to make companion totes…

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Eat: Peach Applesauce

Fall is finally here, and it feels like such a gift after the hot summer we’ve had. I’ve been so excited to ring in my favorite season, that I had to rush out to the local farm stand last weekend to grab some early apples…

Easy origami box for nature collections via barley & birch

Make: An Origami Box for Nature Collections

As part of our celebration of Shinrin-Yoku and quality time spent in the great outdoors, we made a set of origami nature boxes – perfect for collecting and keeping all of your outdoor finds – flowers, rocks, leaves, shells…bugs…! The…

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…

These DIY cinnamon apple chips don't get any simpler, and are a healthy summer or fall snack for kids! | via barley & birch

Eat: Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips

Welcome to apple season, my fellow fruit-fiber lovers! I’ve taken to eating a lot of fruit and veggie-based chips lately, and making my own cinnamon apple chips has become one of my favorite late-summer traditions and go-to healthy snacks. As…