Small World Play

Make STEAM learning fun with this DIY winter-themed, recycled cardboard activity for kids. Our snowball factory project combines math and engineering with creative pretend play.

Make: A Recycled STEAM-Learning Snowball Factory

BBRRRRRRRR! It’s frigid here (I’m talking exposed-skin-freezes cold!) so we’ve been stuck inside this week. While looking for things to keep us busy, we surveyed our stash of recyclables and decided to put together a STEAM project we could play…

This easy mermail and mini mailbox craft is a super fun pretend play activity for kids - free printable included! | barley & birch for hello, Wonderful

Freebie: Mer-Mail & Mini Mermaid Mailboxes

Is there anything more exciting than receiving surprise snail mail? I’m here to tell you there is, and it comes in the form of mini mail sent from the deepest depths of the deep blue sea. Ever wondered how sea…

Create your own storybook mid-century modern DIY shoebox house using a cardboard box and collaging textures and simple shapes. A great rainy day activity for kids of any age!

Make: A Mid-Century Modern Shoebox House

I adored making little playhouses and miniatures when I was a kid. When my sister and I were young, an extremely creative babysitter introduced us to the idea of creating multi-story houses from shoeboxes and we were both TOTALLY hooked.…

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon. No, seriously!

Make: A Modern DIY Beach Dollhouse from Scrap Wood

Have you noticed that DIY dollhouses are all the rage lately? Having tried our hand at an MCM-inspired shoebox dollhouse, I wanted to take it to the next level with some more permanent materials. The result was a modern DIY dollhouse…

Make a vibrant and colorful art-filled city neighborhood with cardboard boxes! This craft activity and drawing prompt for kids incorporates STEAM-building and creative story-telling for hours of imaginative play! | from barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard Box City Neighborhood

I have been super lucky to have lived in quite a few cities all over the US. Winter always makes me miss California’s beautifully sunny beaches, but when spring is so close you can taste it, I long for Chicago’s…

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…