How to make a pumpkin bird feeder

pumpkin seeds in a feeder for birds

One of our favourite autumn and Halloween activities for kids is making this adorable pumpkin bird feeder. They are really easy to make, look amazing hanging from the trees, and, as they are made from all natural materials, are great for the wildlife in more ways than one. Want to…

Continue reading

Conker Creatures

One of our favourite autumn activities is making conker creatures. Like most families, we absolutely love collecting conkers (or horse chestnuts) in the autumn. There’s something so tactile about those smooth, shiny shells that’s just irresistible. A conker hunt means the thrill of finding a shiny conker hiding under crinkly leaves, or…

Continue reading

DIY Twig Letters

wrapping a twig letter in colourful wool

Whether you want them for ornaments or to use in a party banner, making DIY twig letters is a wonderfully easy craft to do. Here at Rhubarb and Wren, we’ve been making them for forest school parties, seasonal events, and even as individual letter ornaments to hang on the Christmas…

Continue reading

DIY Soot Sprites

soot sprite pompoms

Soot Sprites, or Susuwatari, are among our favourite Studio Ghibli characters. These little gremlins are little black balls with big eyes and (sometimes) long, thin limbs. Because of their simple shape and appearance, you can make a DIY Soot Sprite quickly and easily. All you need is to make a…

Continue reading

DIY Conker Eyeballs!

Quick and easy autumn craft that’s perfect for Halloween. These DIY conker eyeballs are a great way to use up those slowly-wrinkling conkers that the kids collect in the autumn. A simple and fun autumn craft, it’s easy enough for preschoolers to do and gruesomely creative enough for big kids…

Continue reading

Paper Fireworks – Hand Kites

A Bonfire Night fireworks craft for kids! Guy Fawkes Night is, without a doubt, my favourite night of the year. So, come autumn, I build up the anticipation for the kids by doing a fireworks craft or two. These ‘paper fireworks’ hand kites are one of our absolute favourite things…

Continue reading

How to make air dry clay pendants

Homemade bee necklaces for a kids treasure hunt! These adorable bee air dry clay pendants were really easy to create and make sweet little bee necklaces. However, instead of wearing them, we turned them into treasure for a buzzy bee hunt that keep the kids busy over the holidays, and…

Continue reading

How to Make a Bug-tastic Nature Explorer Bag

Have you noticed how a walk with the kids is never ‘just’ a walk? To aid my kids on their outdoor adventures, I’ve made them a super-simple nature explorer bag each. Big enough for their supplies, but slouchy and soft enough not to get in the way of their play….

Continue reading

How to make a (cardboard) real magnifying glass!

Make your own real magnifying glass (the cardboard version) Whether they’re exploring the world around them or role-playing as adventurers or spies, kids love playing with a real magnifying glass. This cardboard, handmade, magnifying glass is just perfect for them to use, and they can decorate it themselves too. Read…

Continue reading

How to make a real magnifying glass

Make your own magnifying glass A magnifying glass has to be one of the most useful, thought-provoking, and inspiring tools you can give to a child. This hand-made diy magnifying glass is both pretty and functional, and each one is also completely unique. And forget the kids, adults love these…

Continue reading