Nature-Based Play

Our handmade decorated bunny and chick spring tree sitting on a table against a white wall next to an Easter basket.

Make: Bunny & Chick Spring Tree Craft for Kids

Eeeep! Spring is almost springing, and I just can’t wait a minute longer for it! It might still be in the ’40s here (with occasional snow) but I’ve already packed up my winter frocks and swapped glittery white flakes for…

These DIY tissue paper and twig flowers are a beautiful way to brighten up a room, and a fun nature-inspired craft to celebrate an early spring! | via barley & birch

Make: Tissue Paper & Twig Spring Flowers

Can I interest anyone in early spring…? When the cold has worn out its welcome, but flowers are still seeds sleeping deep down underground, grab a stick and some tissue paper and make it work!  Just a few long messy strips,…

Our DIY leprechaun garden kids craft sitting in front of a green and blue background surround by play golden coins.

Make: A Leprechaun Garden for St. Patrick’s Day

Ok, so….this is going to sound a little kooky, but have you ever planted a few old pennies the day before St. Patrick’s day…? Call me crazy, but I kinda enjoy a little good-natured mischief, so instead of trapping leprechauns I try…

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, and 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 curious gift…

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

Nurture your child’s senses this winter with a creative DIY mini winter sensory garden! It’s an excellent winter kids’ activity and a fun-filled way to develop their fine motor skills and stimulate their senses, while encouraging mindfulness and meditation. With…

DIY Vegetable-Stamped Market Tote

Make: Vegetable-Stamped DIY Farmers Market Tote Bags

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 kids’ 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…!…