Our Favorite Games for Littles!

“By playing games you can speed up your learning curve to help develop the right kind of thought processes.”

-Nate Silver


#1. Spot it!


Spot it! is the addictive, feverishly fun matching game for every generation. The first thing to know about Spot it! is that there is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab ‘n’ go tin. Including up to eight players, Spot it! is a cinch to learn, plays fast, and is irresistibly fun for all ages!


#2. Rock Paper Scissors The Card Game

Here’s the fast & fun CARD VERSION of the game kids have played for generations. Each player lays down a card. If your card beats your opponent’s card, you take it. When all cards have been played, the player who has collected the most cards wins the game!! 2 players, ages 4 and up!

#3. Keekee The Rocking Monkey

Works on Balance notions • Dexterity fine motors • Weight notions • An adorable all wooden balancing game for 1 to 4 players, ages 3 and up. 

#4. Gobblet Gobblers

Like tic-tac-toe, line up 3 of your Gobblers in a row to win! • Players can gobble up their opponent’s pieces to take their place. • Gobblet tests critical thinking while training memory skills and spatial awareness. • All wooden strategy game for 2 players, ages 5 & up.

#5. Ring It!

Race to ring the bell first when a winning combination is shown on the table! • This fast pace game will be filled with chaos and laughter • Includes: 90 cards, a bell, and illustrated rules • For 2-9 Players, ages 5 & Up

#6. Pengoloo

This is one of our favorites!! Works on Memoery skills • Color Recognition • up to 4 players • Go on a South Pole Egg-spedition with this all wooden memory game for 2 to 4 players, ages 4 and up. • Roll two colored dice and lift two penguins to search for colored eggs that match the dice. Collect six penguins on your iceberg to win! • Strengthens color recognition, visualization, memory and social skills. 

#7. Sequence for Kids

Play a card from your hand, place your chip on a corresponding character on the board. When you have 4 in a row, it’s a SEQUENCE and you win! Use a wild card to place your chip anywhere. Remove your opponent’s chip with a DRAGON card. Have fun with your friends playing SEQUENCE® For Kids™! Includes: folding game board, 42 playing cards, 21 red playing chips, 21 yellow playing chips, 21 green playing chips, 21 blue playing chips, and instructions. 2 to 4 players. Ages 3-6.

#8. Shape Your Story

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A game that brings a twist to oral storytelling. Use the 3 shapes (Circle, Triangle & Square) to draw objects/characters. Let your imagination take a flight and make thousands of stories with drawings. Roll the number and the shape dice to pick your shape cards. Draw different objects with the shapes. Use the objects that you have drawn to tell a story. Play a game of telling stories by yourself, time your story and challenge another player or draw and create stories together in a game of cooperative story telling!

#9. Bananagrams Game

The Bananagrams anagram game will drive you and your friends bananas! It requires no pencil, paper or board and provides educational family fun!

#10. Ticket To Ride-First Journey

Start your trip across Europe with ticket to ride: first journey (Europe)! ticket to ride: first journey takes the gameplay of the ticket to ride series and scales it for a younger audience. During the game, players will collect train cards, claim routes on the map of Europe, and try to connect the cities shown on their tickets. The first player to complete six tickets wins! with the same gameplay as the first ticket to ride: first journey game, but now featuring a map of Europe, this game is perfect for any young conductors!







A Nature Inspired Valentine’s Day

There are so many adorable nature-themed Valentines Day crafts for kids! Take some time this weekend to create some of these adorable keepsakes!

#1. Nature Valentine’s Card



#2. You Rock Valentines



#3.  Valentine’s Bird Feeders



#4. Love Bug Valentine



#5. Toad-ally Awesome Valentine’s!



#6.  Valentine’s Tree



#7. Plantable Valentine’s Heart



#8. Heart Stick Mobile



#9. Valentine’s Tree



#10. Birch-bark Heart



10 Ways to Study Nature in Winter

We absolutely love nature study in our home, however as soon as the cold weather hits it seems to get a lot harder to keep it up… continue reading


Sensory Play with Nature

One of the best ways littles can learn is through sensory play. There are so many wonderful things to learn, and littles learn by doing!

_My goal is to build a life I don't need a vacation from._ (7)

Here are a few of our favorite hands-on learning activities for children!




The winter sensory garden from barley&birch!


Full Moon Schedule for 2018!

January makes getting outdoors even harder, which also means cabin fever is starting to set in. This is why we love this full moon schedule! It gives us a fun January activity!

Gear up with some blankets and a thermos full of hot coffee and enjoy some night sky gazing! alex-6726

  • January 31- Wolf Moon

  • March 1st- Worm Moon

  • March 31st- Blue Moon

  • April 29th- Pink Moon

  • May 29th- Corn Planting Moon

  • June 28th- Strawberry Moon

  • July 27th- Thunder Moon

  • August 26th- Green Corn Moon

  • September 24th- Harvest Moon

  • October 24th- Hunter’s Moon

  • November 23rd- Frost Moon

  • December 22nd- Long Night Moon


Nature Sensory Activities

Being outdoors has incredible benefits, and with spring being just a few months away, we’re compiling some of our favorite sensory activities for littles!

#1. Mud Pie Kitchen


Some of our favorite memories were those of making mud “food”. We would mold the mud into whatever our imaginations created and then would paint the creations once they dried. 



#2. Creek Wading




#3. Pine Cone Sorting


Our little guy loves to gather all the different pinecones and sort them according to size. 



#4. Leaf Threading


A thin stick will work just as well for threading leaves together. This is another one of our favorites!



#5. Stone Sorting


Grab a little bucket, and let them start a collection!



#6. Lots of Grass


Playing in the grass is one of the best sensory things to do with littles!



#7.  Tree Bark Rubbing/Art


Take a large piece of paper and hold it (or tape it) on the tree. Then take some chalk and gently rub the paper over the bark! The results are beautiful! 



#8. Barefoot Sensory Walk


You can walk on grass, small pebbles, sand, mud, and so much more!



#9. Water Play


Playing with water can inspire so much imagination! 



#10. Chalk


If you have a smooth surface and some chalk, the possibilities are endless! 



Open-Ended Play!

What is open-ended play?


A child engaged in open-ended play is simply going with the flow. He is exploring open-ended materials — objects that have multiple uses and infinite possibilities, like paint, clay, sand, mud, water, blocks, and Legos. There are no expectations, no specific problems to solve, no rules to follow, and no pressure to produce a finished product. It’s all about free play — the freedom to invent and discover!


What is the benefit of open-ended play?


By simply fiddling around with a wide range of materials, he practices a wealth of brain-boosting skills that will serve him in school and throughout his life. Just think of what it takes for him to make sense of the unstructured nature of the materials — imagination, creativity, vision, and patience. He learns to deal with infinite possibilities before taking a big leap of faith. He makes something no one has ever seen before, which requires trial and error and problem-solving. Meanwhile he is offered the chance to create order and express meaning.


Have fun doing some open-ended play today!