Spring

Spring-themed kids projects and activities

Make your own EXTRA lucky, whimsical green Leprechaun garden for a St. Patrick's Day surprise - with free templates! A great way for kids to celebrate the holiday with an eco-friendly spring craft! | via barley & birch

Freebie: Make a Mini Leprechaun Garden!

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…

This bold modern art project for kids uses deconstructed rainbows to create bright & colorful collages inspired by Frank Stella! | via barley & birch

Make: Deconstructed Rainbow Collages

Their unofficial theme of 2018 seems to be rainbows, and since it’s been cold and grey here, I was so excited to fill the walls with a little sunshine and color! Their shapes and colors remind me of a series…

Create a storybook Valentine with bright, blooming hearts! A fun paper craft for kids.

Make: Mixed Media Heart Bouquet Cards

Last month I was invited to take part in the amazing 31 Days of Love series that Red Ted Art creator Maggy started a couple of years ago. Red Ted Art is one of our favorite go-to sites for adorable, yet…

DIY Vegetable-Stamped Market Tote

Make: Vegetable-Stamped DIY Farmers Market Totes

Do you love the farmers market as much as I do? If so, you are going to adore this fun afternoon stamping project. You can use vegetables (or fruits) you probably already have around the house to make companion totes…

Healthy Tropical Green Smoothie

Drink: A Healthy Tropical Green Smoothie

Looking for something more festive than a bottle of green juice, but healthier than a shamrock shake? You’ve found the (almost literal) pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Our pot of gold happens to be a bowl of pineapple –…

10-minute kid+parent DIY bud vase

Make: 5-Minute DIY Kid-Safe Stem Vases

Ah, August! With all the kids already back in school and the summer-like days waning, it has us longing to gather up and surround ourselves with every last bit of the season. Our woodblock stem vases were born out of the desire to…

Easy origami box for nature collections via barley & birch

Make: An Origami Box for Nature Collections

As part of our celebration of Shinrin-Yoku and quality time spent in the great outdoors, we made a set of origami nature boxes – perfect for collecting and keeping all of your outdoor finds – flowers, rocks, leaves, shells…bugs…! The…

Teach your children the value of finding fun outside through simple Shinrin-Yoku inspired nature activities. | from barley & birch

Discover: Shinrin-Yoku and Nature Activities for Kids

Has anyone else suddenly been hearing people talk about Shinrin-Yoku (森林浴)? I googled it the other morning after noticing it popping on the news and in my Instagram feed. Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice that translates as “forest bathing” with (sometimes…