Small World Play

Our DIY recycled cardboard puppet theater for kids sitting against a green and blue background.

Make: A DIY Cardboard Puppet Theater

Join us as we make a recycled DIY cardboard puppet theater using a process kids can recreate on their own or use for inspiration. Complete with elements and puppets inspired by author and illustrator Celestino Piatti! DIY Recycled Puppet Theater…

One of our red cardboard ice shanties sitting on a faux pond in front of a dark blue background with twinkle lights.

Make: A Cardboard Ice Shanty Kids Winter STEAM Challenge

Inspired by northern winter outdoor traditions, this recycled cardboard ice shanty art project is a fun indoor creative building activity that combines design and engineering. This project provides an opportunity for kids to investigate construction, hone critical-thinking skills, and encourages…

Our sugar cube ice castle sitting in front of a pink background with fairy lights

Make: Sugar Cube Castles

Brrr….! It’s -10 degrees (Fahrenheit!) – too cold for extended outdoor play, but you’ve got some antsy kids in need of winter play like, YESTERDAY. Have no fear – sugar cube ice castles are here! Inspired by a local winter…

Make your own set of gender-neutral, diverse peg dolls! An easy DIY for inclusive small world play.

Make: A DIY Diverse Peg Doll Set

My ever-growing library of small world play accessories received a huge upgrade this week in the form of a DIY’ed community of multicultural peg doll friends. Though the project was a quick one for me to make on my own,…

This DIY cardboard unfolds to reveal a secret garden! A wonderful spring or summer art project for kids that can be used for a small world play backdrop. | via barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard Fold-Out Secret Garden

Spring…can you hear it coming? Deep underneath the melting snow things are beginning to happen. Every “cheep!” of the sparrows and “hey, sweetie!” of the chickadees has me daydreaming of lush green secret gardens. Since we have to wait a…

This simple play cardboard snowplow made from a cardboard box and other recycled supplies is a fun winter craft for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard Play Snowplow with Moveable Parts

Do you have little ones who are fascinated by the big trucks and plows they see clearing the roads throughout the winter? Repurpose a cardboard box to make your own miniature snow plow – complete with moving parts! Winter is…

This merry and bright cardboard Christmas tree is a fantastic recycled holiday art project for kids, and a great way to use up scrap paper and wrap! | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Cardboard Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

Rockefeller Center, eat your heart out! NYC has nothing on our eye-popping evergreen – the latest addition to our cardboard art project family and the merriest little cardboard Christmas tree you ever did see! Cardboard Christmas Tree Kids Craft –…

Make a modern, minimal winter village from collaged scraps and cardboard! A lovely holiday arts and crafts project for kids. | via barley & birch

Make: A Modern Mini Cardboard Holiday Village

Oh, the magic of MINI! I have a mantel that was desperate for some decoration, so after work the other night, I grabbed the nearest supply (cardboard boxes, of course) and started cutting. 45 minutes later, I had the first…