Fall-themed kids projects and activities

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

Freebie: A Paper School Bus Photo Book Kids Craft

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” with (sometimes…

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…