Sensory Play

One of our soft sculpture art creature kids projects standing in front of a white background.

Make: Creative Creature Soft Sculpture Art for Kids

It’s aliive, it’s ALLLIIVEEE…and it’s…SQUISHY! Meet the latest additions to our kids’ art project family…imaginative soft sculpture art creatures made from recycled supplies! The outlandish beasts of Hieronymus Bosch meet the soft sculptures of Claes Oldenburg with this project that…

Make magic paper leaf wands with simple art supplies and our free printable leaf activity kit! | via barley & birch

Make: Autumn Magic Paper Leaf Wands

There’s just something about autumn that’s pure…magic, isn’t there? This week we’re bringing fall to life indoors from the comfort of our warm, cozy craft table with the help of our free printable leaf activity kit. From mini nature shrines…

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…

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…