Grab a roll of duct tape and put on some old shoes, we’re going on a nature hike! This activity has been around a while- it is easy, gets kids outside discovering, and the results are different every time. Make each child a “bracelet” out of duct tape, with the sticky side facing out. While taking a walk around the neighborhood, have them stick on their nature finds. We found shells, flowers, leaves, seeds, feathers, bark, grass… My son really wanted to stick on a roly-poly, but I told them no live creatures: “poor insects, they need to live on the ground.” He decided on colorful leaves instead:
As simple as this was, we passed a lot of kids walking home from school who also wanted a nature bracelet. I was ripping off duct tape as fast as I could for all of the kids. I had to smile when some 5th graders were asking if they could please have some “for their little sisters,” and were so obliged as they stuck on some flowers. Celebrate the beauty of Mother Earth in your own backyard!