Spring

Spring-themed kids projects and activities

This upcycled DIY shoebox trunk for kids hides a whole kids nature explorer kit! Make your own with recycled supplies. | via barley & birch

Make: A DIY Nature Explorer Kit (from a Shoebox!)

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” I’m not sure whether it’s the cozy, colorful beauty of autumn or the knowledge that winter’s cold will be blowing in soon, but I could happily spend the…

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…

Our free printable nature scavenger hunt is the perfect on-the-go activity for kids outdoor play and exploration! | via barley & birch

Freebie: A Printable Nature Scavenger Hunt

When the sun is shining and the weather is nice, sometimes it only takes the simplest of activities to have the BEST afternoon! One of my classic outdoor go-to games is a good, old-fashioned nature scavenger hunt. The itty-bitties love…

These interactive kid-made collages are a fun art exercise and mental scavenger hunt that will help your kiddos find some calming inner peace! | via barley & birch

Make: Memory Maps – An Art and Play Activity

Pack your art supply bag and take a calming breath – we’re going on a journey through memories to create our own memory maps – and you can join us right from the comfort of your favorite cozy chair! Born…

Kids will have fun making these lovely play dough and paper straw forests with supplies from the garden! A wonderful way to practice fine motor skills through sensory nature play. | from barley & birch

Make: A Play Dough Fairy Forest Nature Play Invitation

There is something SO calming about working with playdough – even as an adult I find making and manipulating it incredibly satisfying. It’s always been one of my favorite rainy day go-to’s. Inspired by a rain-drenched afternoon in the backyard…

Our spring bunny and chick Calder-inspired cardboard sculptures

Make: Calder-Inspired Cardboard Spring Sculptures

Back when I used to live in Chicago, life didn’t get sweeter than chilling outside in a downtown plaza on a spring day, just people-watching and enjoying the fresh air. For those who have never been: Chicago is absolutely brimming…

Craft an adorable floating duckling out of an egg carton and a baby food jar lid! It couldn't be easier and is perfect for pretend play, sensory bins or small worlds!

Make: Egg Carton Cup Floating Ducklings

Spring’s arrival brings a flood of blossoms & sprouts, new sounds & fresh smells – it seems there is new life to be found everywhere! Our neighborhood is home to a pair of wild ducks, and this year they surprised…