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Families everywhere enjoy the outdoors. Spending time outdoors is rejuvenating. It gives a chance to slow down, unplug and simply enjoy our surroundings. It is an opportunity to connect with our family and truly spend quality time together. Being in nature is a great way to stimulate creativity and think outside the box without the creature comforts of home. Nature is beautiful and can be inspirational in planning our next creative projects. Let nature cultivate your creativity.

As summer closes, the leaves begin to turn colors, the kids get ready to go back to school, many are squeezing in a final camping trip. There are many activities that can be done to keep kids engaged and appreciate nature around them. The following is an easy craft that doesn't require many supplies for you to pack. In fact, many can be scavenged around the campsite!

Leaf Collage

-glue 

-quality cardstock

-marker or colored pencils (optional)

This is easy as it seems. Have children scavenge, sticks, twigs, leaves, flowers, and pebbles. Have the children arrange the found items to spell out their name. Found objects can also be arranged in the shape of an animal that the child saw on the trip. Objects can then be glued to the cardstock. Using quality cardstock is a must as the objects could be heavy. 

Stick Alphabet

-found sticks and twigs

-glue

-embroidery floss

-scissors

This project is an easy one that can be done sitting around the campfire. Have children collect sticks and twigs. Shape the twigs so they form a letter, perhaps the child's initials. Other shapes could be made such as stars, hearts, and rectangles.. Wrap the sticks with colored floss to hold them together forming the letter. The letters and shapes are great for ornaments for your holiday tree!

No matter where you camp, when collecting supplies, be sure to be courteous of your neighbors that may be camping near you. Please remember to Leave No Trace at the campsite. Do not leave glue and trash around the campsite or in nature. Be courteous of the environment and future campers. 

August 10, 2022 — Tamra Merrill

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