Summer

Summer-themed kids projects and activities

This lovely bison art project for kids uses coffee grounds and unique painting techniques for a wonderful mixed media art lesson! | from barley and birch

Make: Coffee Ground Bison Art for Kids

This lovely bison art uses an unexpected supply to create rich color and unique texture: coffee! In addition to a cultural introduction to the Great Plains, this project is a fantastic way to experiment with the use of natural art supplies,…

A kids art project inspired by graphic designer Celestino Piatti. A great lesson in mark-making and mixed media that you can turn into garden art!

Make: Celestino Piatti-Inspired Garden Art for Kids

As a graphic designer myself, I’m always looking for ways to translate the work of some of my favorites into art projects that will work well for kids. There are a few designers I’ve run across who’s work has instantly…

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…

Use an egg carton and a baby food jar lid to make a simple floating whale! So easy and perfect for water sensory bins, ocean learning or small worlds! | via barley & birch

Make: A Floating Egg Carton Cup Whale

Earlier this week we made a set of recycled egg carton cup ducklings and shared a little trick to help make them float (!!!). They were such an incredible hit, we decided to use up the stack of egg cartons we…

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…

A beautiful and easy mini rainbow pillow kids can make on their own using chalk pastels.

Make: DIY No-Smudge Chalk Pastel Rainbow Softies

Our spring season is filled with days to celebrate and occasions for gift-giving. From St. Patrick’s Day to birthdays to Mother’s Day, I’m always trying to think up ideas for small but special handmade gifts the kids I work with…

Make a beautiful set of melted crayon butterflies inspired by our friend Shannon at Oh Creative Day!

Make: Melted Crayon Butterflies with Kids

Is there anything so glorious as seeing the first butterfly of the season flutter by? We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled as the weather warms, but haven’t spotted our first, so we made our own colorful kaleidoscope (the actual name…