Summer

Summer-themed kids projects and activities

These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch

Make: Surf’s Up Paint Scrape Surfboards

“Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learnin’ how, come on and safari with me…” It’s an endless summer with this fun scrape painting project you can make and stand to create your own gnarly 3-D mini surf gallery! Fire up one…

These adorable felt DIY beach ball softies make a cute and easy summer sewing project for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: Simple DIY Beach Ball Softies

In honor of this year’s July Sew a Softie Challenge, we’ve made a bouncy set of simple beach ball softies! The shapes are easy to cut out, color combinations are endless, and the whole project is simple enough for kids…

Design your own adorable food truck with cardboard, paper and recycled bits and pieces - a creative kids art project! | via barley & birch

Make: Recycled Cardboard Food Trucks

One of my absolute favorite parts of summer in the city? Gathering up a group of friends and hitting up the food truck party down the street for some twilight tacos, fantastic falafel, and (of course) a waffle or two…

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…

Find a new and refreshing summer favorite with this collection of unique and healthy popsicle ideas for kids (and adults!) | via barley & birch

Eat: Fun and Healthy DIY Popsicle Ideas for Kids

Nothing says “Hello, summer!” like a deliciously refreshing, frosty frozen popsicle. Problem is, buying premade ones doesn’t give you much say in their nutritional value. AND, there’s all the packaging to go through (much of it not yet recyclable). There are, however,…

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…

Recycle some cardboard and explore simple building with these little love shack art projects for kids | via barley & birch

Make: Recycled Cardboard Love Shacks

‘Tis the season of luuuuv and have I got a sweetly spontaneous recycled art project for you today! These little recycled cardboard love shacks are an artful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and don’t require more than a few ordinary…

Use a fun painting technique to create a gorgeous DIY monarch butterfly mask with your kids. Just add wings for the most gorgeous homemade Halloween costume!

Make: A DIY Painted Monarch Butterfly Mask

Did you know that between mid-spring and late fall, Monarchs produce FOUR generations of butterflies? The last group of Monarch butterflies usually emerge in November. Instead of living the same short life cycle of their predecessors, November Monarchs fly south…

Use recycled cardboard, household supplies and scraps to make the cutest DIY toadstool gnome home!

Make: A Cardboard Toadstool DIY Gnome Home

Earlier this week we made a simple set of DIY bean bag gnomes, and we’ve had so much fun with them, it only seemed appropriate to build them a cozy little gnome home! I’m preparing for a big move and am…