Nature-Based Play

Let kids play in the dirt and make their own enchanted DIY unicorn garden with this easy and fun potted plant and clay craft! | from barley & birch

Make: An Enchanted DIY Unicorn Garden for Kids

A couple of Fridays ago I started a new tradition over on Instagram. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing projects that use a little easy DIY’ing and a lot of imagination. This week’s fantastical creation began with a…

Discover a few fun and easy ways to help your child develop and practice basic life skills this winter.

Discover: Montessori Winter Practical Skill Activities

We’ve been celebrating Montessori learning all week, and I couldn’t end without hitting upon one of the cornerstones of Montessori education – practical life skills (Not familiar with the concept? You can find a great introduction here from Montessori Guide).…

This fun wintry little invitation to create combines Montessori-style exploration and mindful play and quiet exercises in meditation. | via barley & birch

Make: A Mini Winter Sensory Garden for Kids

‘Tis the season to be…stressed? Resist, friends! I may be in the minority here, but winter is quite possibly my favorite season of them all, and too wonderful to rush through feeling frazzled and fatigued! As an added holiday stress…

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…

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…

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…

Make a simple and easy DIY mason jar terrarium in 5 minutes! | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Mason Jar Terrarium

Another Earth Day has come and gone, but I hate to see a party end…so I decided to do a little Easter green redecorating with some extra jam jars I found lying around the house. Here’s a SUPER quick DIY…