Fun Nature Collage for Kids to Make
Creating a fun nature collage is an entertaining activity for kids to do. It’s a way to get kids outdoors and active. If your kids are like mine they may not enjoy taking walks. This fun activity gives your kids a reason to go outdoors and get moving.
It’s important for kids to get 60 minutes of exercise every day. Nowadays it can be challenging to get as much exercise as they should. We are having to adjust our usual summer activities. Because of social distancing and canceled summer programs.
Unfortunately, there will not be swim lessons this year! We aren’t allowed to go to the playground. And we can’t go to indoor gyms for them to burn their energy.
My kids have so much energy and are bouncing off the walls most of the time. I would usually take them to the park and let them run around for an hour or two.
But since we currently are unable to do that we have been taking a lot of walks around our neighborhood. We don’t have a yard so taking walks is the only way for us to get out and get fresh air and exercise.
Of course, walking around the same neighborhood day after day can get boring. So I had to think of a way to keep our walks fun. One activity I came up with is making nature collages.
What is a Nature Collage?
A collage is a piece of art made by sticking different materials on to a backing. My kids like to collect things while we are out on our walks. They collect sticks, dandelions, flower petals, and leaves.
Instead of throwing their collection away when we get home. They can make a collage from it. Then they can hang the collage in their room or they can put it in a memory book.
How to get started with making a Nature Collage
My kids like to hand their collections to me because they know mom will carry everything for them! If your kids are the same way and you’re tired of being their basket try this trick.
Take painters tape and wrap the sticky side out around your kid’s wrist. They can collect what they want. Then you can come home and make a collage from what they had collected.
Supplies You’ll Need
- Wide masking tape or painters tape
- Construction paper
Head Outdoors for a Walk
This activity is perfect for walking around your neighborhood. Or you can even do it when your family goes out for a hike. This would also be a fun project to do each season.
Before you start the walk wrap your child’s wrist with tape. Sticky side out. So they’ll have a few inches of sticky tape to work with.
The first time we did this I wrapped tape around one of their wrists. I learned that it was a mistake. It was better to wrap the tape around both of their wrists. That way they can collect more items.
The tape keeps everyone’s hands-free. And it’s fun to be able to stick their collections to themselves. But you could use a basket, a ziplock bag, or a paper bag to hold their collection.
Start the search
Depending on the age of your children, you can structure the hunt any way you want. You can ask your kids to find things in a certain category.
For example, you can ask them to collect only green items. Or you can let them find anything they want to make their collage with on their own.
You’ll want them to use the sticky part of the tape to collect their items. So, if they find a rock or a pine cone isn’t going to stick. But, a flower or a leaf will.
Also, don’t place delicate items on to the tape. My daughter put a rose pedal on the tape and we couldn’t get it off. Without ripping it.
Another good idea is to give them a time limit. So they know what to expect. For example, let them know you’re going for a 20-minute walk. They can collect items during this time.
You may want to let them know not to fill their bracelet up in the first five minutes. Or else they won’t have any room for things they find later.
Go Back inside
Once you’re back home let your kids choose the color of construction paper they want. Then get ready with the glue.
Have your kids remove their collection from the tape. They can spend a few minutes deciding how they want to position the items on their collage.
When they’re ready, they can start to glue their items to the paper.
Next, they can color, label, and decorating their collage.
Enjoy the Outdoors with Family
This was a fun activity because it was something different. It also gave my kids something to focus on while we were walking.
A nature collage is a fun and inexpensive way to entertain your kids. When you’re out for a walk around the neighborhood. Or when your family is out on a hike.
I hope you liked this fun nature collage for kids to make activity! Do your kids enjoy taking walks? Let me know in the comments:)
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