This is the simplest nature activity to set up ever! It's portable, and a great way to record a day outside. You really can get the kids going on this in under a minute. In fact, if you prepare a few at once, I'd go as far as saying that the kids can be up and running in under 10 secs! That's got to be time well spent, and, as if that wasn't reason enough to give it a go, it also ticks the creative and educational boxes too!
All you need is a piece of card and some double-sided sticky tape. Here I used 50mm tape and whiteboard. If you are feeling ultra-creative you could of course go for a pattern, but a stripe worked well for us. This is a great activity to have prepared in your bag for when you are out and about.
Then simply walk (or rush madly if you are my kids) round an outside space and stick anything that takes your fancy to your board. Remind them to only pick tiny pieces of growing plants so not to damage them.
You can set the kids themes such as leaf colours, different types of seeds, or just let them freestyle. I have a no creature rule just in case temptation comes their way!
We collected in our neighbouring field for one card and then in our garden for the other. It was a great visual aid to show the kids the difference in cultivated flowers versus wild flowers.