Nature-Based Play

Our paper tree frog kids craft suction cupped to the refrigerator

Make: A Climbing Paper Tree Frog

Explore a variety of fun art-making styles with this climbing paper tree frog craft for kids that sticks to smooth surfaces using the magic of suction cups to mimic the real thing! The first year I lived in Minnesota, we…

Holding a pair of binoculars up with a view of our mini backyard safari setups in the background

Make: A Mini Backyard Safari

Spring and summer weather is grand for heading outside to go on an exciting mini backyard safari – no jeep necessary! We had a gentle spring rain last night that led to a magic raindrop-covered backyard this morning. Everything is…

Our DIY bird nest helper sitting on a white background

Make: A Colorful Bird’s Nest Helper with Kids

These colorful bird’s nest helpers are a fun nature activity for kids, a helpful handmade backyard addition for birds, and only require minimal supplies (with zero prep!). Many many years ago I was rolling up to a little yarn shop…

Our DIY bee bath sitting on a stump in the middle of a garden of small blue flowers

Make: A DIY Bee Bath With Kids (5 Creative Ways)

Invite your kids to make a DIY bee bath – a simple and pollinator-friendly summer activity you can throw together right in your own backyard. Over here in the Twin Cities, we had a rare 90-degree sunny spring day this…

Our DIY fairy peg dolls sitting on a wood slice in front of a neutral background.

Make: DIY Woodland Fairy Peg Dolls

Fill a tiny forest with your own enchanting set of DIY woodland fairy peg dolls for creative small world play. With a kid-friendly crafting process that encourages creative reuse and imaginative storytelling, this activity is sure to be a hit…

Our DIY fairy greenhouse egg carton seed starter sitting next to cardboard pine trees, an egg carton mushroom, and a fairy peg doll

Make: Fairy Greenhouse Egg Carton Seed Starters for Kids

These darling DIY fairy greenhouses are egg carton seed starters kids can plant, decorate, tend, and watch grow! They’re a wonderful late winter or early spring indoor gardening activity for children – especially if you live in a colder climate…