Summer

Summer-themed kids projects and activities

Our DIY paper-mache food-on-a-stick art projects displayed in front of a candy apple red background.

Make: Paper-Mâché Food On A Stick

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up as we take a stroll down the Midway! Feast your eyes on our selection of blue-ribbon paper-mâché food on a stick! And try your luck at a game of artistry and…

Our DIY paper-mache food-on-a-stick art projects displayed in front of a candy apple red background.
Little kiddos will love this summer swim-themed playdough invitation - with a quick DIY playdough mat you can easily make yourself! | from barley & birch

Make: A Summer Swim-Themed Playdough Invitation

Here’s a quick and easy summer swim DIY playdough mat you can make yourself. Of course, we’ve also included some ideas to help you turn this into an invitation to design playdough bathing suits, explore textures, or simply enjoy the…

Little kiddos will love this summer swim-themed playdough invitation - with a quick DIY playdough mat you can easily make yourself! | from barley & birch
Use up scrap supplies to make this chill pool art for creative summer fun with kids! | from barley & birch

Make: Paper Pool Art with Scrap Supplies

We’re having a scrap art pool party, and YOU’RE invited! Don’t you want to just dive right into our vibrant pool art?! This summer art project is full of simple little visual art tricks that make the most of scrap…

Use up scrap supplies to make this chill pool art that invites kids to design every delicious detail of their dream summer pool party. | from barley & birch
Our free printable insect scavenger hunt on a blue background

Freebie: A Printable Bug Scavenger Hunt

We’re buggin’ out over bugs this year! This summer’s bug-stravaganza was kicked off with a cool set of DIY clothespin cicadas, and we’re rounding it out with a bug scavenger hunt. This invitation to search for actual insects is a…

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These DIY clothespin cicadas clip on to anything and make the cutest summer nature craft for kids. | from barley & birch

Make: Clip-On Clothespin Cicadas for Kids

They’re baaaa-aaaack…! In different parts of the US this week the Brood X Cicadas are beginning to emerge! Here in Minnesota, we won’t be seeing this particular species, but back in my old state of Ohio, they’re expecting a total…

These DIY clothespin cicadas clip on to anything and make the cutest summer nature craft for kids. | from barley & birch
Our recycled juice carton birdhouse decorated with egg carton flowers hanging from a small branch.

Make: A DIY Juice Carton Birdhouse (with a Surprise!)

A few springs ago, I was inspecting the garden in the backyard when I heard the faintest little chorus of “cheep! cheep!”‘s coming from…somewhere….! As I wandered around the yard, the sound grew louder until I finally found the source…

Turn a juice carton into an adorable slide-open DIY birdhouse hiding a little nest and baby birds inside! A cute spring or summer recycled craft for kids. | from barley & birch