Wood

A collection of our beginner woodworking, art and wood craft projects for kids

Our DIY vampire puppet being held up in front of a dark grey background.

Make: A Vampire Puppet Halloween Craft for Kids

I don’t know about you, but come October, I’m creepy-Halloween-everything-obsessed. And my very favorite Halloween horror sub-genre? I vaaant your gothic vampire content. From Anne Rice stories and Edward Gorey illustrations to Bram Stoker and What We Do In the…

Three of our kid-made painted wood process art sculptures sitting in front of a white background.

Make: Process Art Sculptures from Scrap Wood

Combine simple construction concepts with art play for this incredible invitation to build scrap wood sculptures! Each one-of-a-kind sculpture is a tiny feat of art + engineering, and these kid-painted building blocks can be reused over and over again. Having…

Make your own set of gender-neutral, diverse peg dolls! An easy DIY for inclusive small world play.

Make: A DIY Diverse Peg Doll Set

My ever-growing library of small world play accessories received a huge upgrade this week in the form of a DIY’ed community of multicultural peg doll friends. Though the project was a quick one for me to make on my own,…

From just a few scraps of wood and simple supplies, you can make your own super-hip, mid-century-modern beachfront DIY dollhouse in an afternoon. No, seriously!

Make: A Modern DIY Beach Dollhouse from Scrap Wood

Have you noticed that DIY dollhouses are all the rage lately? Having tried our hand at an MCM-inspired shoebox dollhouse, I wanted to take it to the next level with some more permanent materilas. The result was a modern DIY dollhouse…

Sensory blocks are a fantastic way for babies and toddlers to start exploring texture with their hands and you can easily DIY a modern set just like ours!

Make: Modern DIY Sensory Blocks

If you’re here, you’re probably already aware of the numerous benefits of sensory play. The smallest amount of sensory stimulation can shape and enhance how a child takes in information and learns to process it. In an effort to come…

This simple DIY tablet toy lets kids enjoy creative tech play without the screen time, and can be made into a play laptop with our free printables! | via barley and birch

Make: A DIY Play Tablet or Laptop for Kids

Can you even believe it’s already back to school time?! With all the excitement and preparation for school-aged kids, I’ve found that the littles who are left behind often feel pretty left out, which can lead to a major case…

A DIY balance board for kids (and adults!) that's just like riding a wave!

Make: A DIY Balance Board for Future Surfers

Surf’s up in the Midwest, yo! As someone who used to live steps from the Pacific and did a lot of ocean swimming, bodyboarding, and even some surfing, there are still so many days I wake up itching to hop…

Our DIY sushi play set

Make: An Easy No-Sew DIY Play Sushi Set

After two weeks of spring, we’re back to snow, and frankly, everyone around here has been a little bummed about it. I had already moved on to outside play in my head, but with the temperatures hovering around 20, an…

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…