Nature-Based Play

These gradient leaf banners are a naturally lovely way to celebrate fall or the holiday season and easy for kids and parents to make. | via barley & birch

Make: Gradient Leaf Banners to Celebrate Fall

This morning on a walk with my dog, I realized it was probably the last day for leaves in our neighborhood. They’ve been incredibly glorious this year – HUGE and full of color. So, with my trusty stick collector in…

Use a fun painting technique to create a gorgeous DIY monarch butterfly mask with your kids. Just add wings for the most gorgeous homemade Halloween costume!

Make: A DIY Painted Monarch Butterfly Mask

Did you know that between mid-spring and late fall, Monarchs produce FOUR generations of butterflies? The last group of Monarch butterflies usually emerge in November. Instead of living the same short life cycle of their predecessors, November Monarchs fly south…

Use recycled cardboard, household supplies and scraps to make the cutest DIY toadstool gnome home!

Make: A Cardboard Toadstool DIY Gnome Home

Earlier this week we made a simple set of DIY bean bag gnomes, and we’ve had so much fun with them, it only seemed appropriate to build them a cozy little gnome home! I’m preparing for a big move and am…

Kids will have fun making these lovely play dough and paper straw forests with supplies from the garden! A wonderful way to practice fine motor skills through sensory nature play. | from barley & birch

Make: A Play Dough Fairy Forest Nature Play Invitation

There is something SO calming about working with playdough – even as an adult I find making and manipulating it incredibly satisfying. It’s always been one of my favorite rainy day go-to’s. Inspired by a rain-drenched afternoon in the backyard…

Use an egg carton and a baby food jar lid to make a simple floating whale! So easy and perfect for water sensory bins, ocean learning or small worlds! | via barley & birch

Make: A Floating Egg Carton Cup Whale

Earlier this week we made a set of recycled egg carton cup ducklings and shared a little trick to help make them float (!!!). They were such an incredible hit, we decided to use up the stack of egg cartons we…

Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!

Make: Egg Carton Cup Floating Ducklings

Spring’s arrival brings a flood of blossoms & sprouts, new sounds & fresh smells – it seems there is new life to be found everywhere! Our neighborhood is home to a pair of wild ducks, and this year they surprised…

Make a beautiful set of melted crayon butterflies inspired by our friend Shannon at Oh Creative Day!

Make: Melted Crayon Butterflies with Kids

Is there anything so glorious as seeing the first butterfly of the season flutter by? We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled as the weather warms, but haven’t spotted our first, so we made our own colorful kaleidoscope (the actual name…