Practical Skills

Make an adorably simple DIY gingerbread play bakery out of felt or cardboard! This is a wonderful pretend play activity for kids that also helps to develop fine motor skills. | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Gingerbread Play Bakery for Kids

Oh snap, we’ve gone gingerbread crazy! Over the weekend I made a pair of adorably silly gingerbread softies, and while playing with the felt and patterns, it dawned on me that the thick felt was perfectly-suited for some real-life-sized play…

Make DIY moon sand for a fun sensory play experience that's like a day at the beach! | via barley & birch

Make: DIY Moon Sand for At-Home Beach Play

You might have seen this referred to as moon dough, cloud dough, sand dough, or kinetic sand…whatever you call it, this smushy sensory moon sand is a tactile delight, incredibly easy to make, and feels like a trip to the…

DIY colored rice is so simple to make and wonderful for toddler sensory play, color-matching games, and more! | via barley & birch

Make: DIY Colored Rice for Sensory Play

One of my earlier memories from when I was a kid, was that my preschool class had 2 sensory bins of dried noodles and dried beans that I loved. There were tools in the bin to gather, scoop, and separate.…

Our favorite tools and activities to help kids develop cooking and kitchen skills. | via barley & birch

Discover: Practical Kitchen Skill Activities for Kids

Watering herbs, pouring milk, washing dishes, folding laundry, and peeling fruits…they’re the life experiences I grew up on, and the practical kitchen skills that helped promote a unique sense of pride and importance. That’s why I’m dedicating a full series…

Find a new and refreshing summer favorite with this collection of unique and healthy popsicle ideas for kids (and adults!) | via barley & birch

Eat: Fun and Healthy DIY Popsicle Ideas for Kids

Nothing says “Hello, summer!” like a deliciously refreshing, frosty frozen popsicle. Problem is, buying premade ones doesn’t give you much say in their nutritional value. AND, there’s all the packaging to go through (much of it not yet recyclable). There are, however,…

Our Paul Bunyan play pancakes are an incredibly fun sensory play activity for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: Paul Bunyan Pancakes for Sensory Play

These cardboard pancakes will have your little ones flippin’ their lids for some flapjack-themed sensory fun! Now come in close and huddle up around the fire tall-tale lovers…do you know the story of Paul Bunyan? In the Northern areas of…