Recently we've found a lovely park near our home that has a large variety of trees with many interesting nuts and leaves. We've gone on some long winding walks there lately and collected a few items each time. We made a beautiful centerpiece with them on a plate and a nature pumpkin. But we also have enjoyed drawing them. Eventually when my kids get a little bit older we will keep a journal for things like this but for now since they are little and I don't need the clutter around we just drew on a paper and then displayed it for a few days. Then I descretely threw them out a few days later. Here are some pictures of the collection.
Here are a few up close pictures of their drawings next to the collected items.
They were hard at work on this project for a long while and they all really seemed to enjoy the walk, the collecting, and the creative process of drawing the items we picked. It certainly gave us a great appreciation for the natural world around us and the variety of things that can be found right in our own back yard.
Get out and enjoy the world around you with your kids! You'll be happy you did.