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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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Each season and habitat will give you a very different board. Its a great way to record the changing seasons and colours. There is also no reason why you couldn't adapt this activity to include different objects. If you've enjoyed this post, we'd love it if you shared it x

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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.

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  • Reply Debbie

    Hi Sarah, what a creative idea and I love the differences in the cards you made. It will be interesting to see how they change as the petals dry. I think the no living creature rule is probably justified when it comes to children bring outside and creative!

    xx
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    August 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Debbie, yep I find it best to outline rules clearly with my kids to avoid any misunderstandings!

      September 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Karen

    Ha ha, I love the no creature rule! I hope that sticks! This is a brilliant idea. One to be saved for the future me thinks. All these fab ideas and I’m alone with a 10 month old! Lol, I am savouring the baby days honest, but I’m looking forward to the olders days too! Thanks for linking up to #abrandnewday

    May 5, 2016 at 10:52 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is fun when they get older and you can do more with them = although of course you lose them to school just as they get interesting πŸ™‚

      May 6, 2016 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply An imperfect mum (Catie)

    Why have I never thought of or seen this before? What a brilliant idea. I will definitely be using this is school when we are investigating seasons! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #FamilyFun ⭐️ Just Brilliant – looks so effective!
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    May 5, 2016 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is such a simple thing to do – be perfect way to record things at school πŸ™‚

      May 6, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply How To Sunday #29 - Monkey and Mouse

    […] weekΒ I loved Craft Invader’s Sticky Nature Cards. Β They are a fabulous idea to get out in nature and create something at the same […]

    April 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks so much for featuring us on #HowtoSunday – we love linking up and seeing everyone’s fab ideas πŸ™‚

      April 25, 2016 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Jenny - Monkey and Mouse

    I love these, we’ll be making some when there are more flowers out in summer, such pretty cards. We also like to wrap masking tape wrong-way-around our wrists and make nature bracelets. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday πŸ™‚ x
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    April 23, 2016 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Midgie

    This is a lovely activity and is always part of our woodland activities at work throughout the year – its so lovely to see the colours and textures change and the kids LOVE being able to just stick stuff everywhere and make art without pencils or brushes!
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    April 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s lovely isn’t it, and the simplest thing ever to have to hand – we love it πŸ™‚

      April 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Kerry

    This is a great idea, need to find myself some sticky back plastic! #HowtoSunday

    April 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a great activity to have on hand Kerry, I can keep my kids doing these for ages πŸ™‚

      April 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    What a great activity Sarah, so interesting to see the differences between the two boards you made. #How to Sundays
    Angela x
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    April 17, 2016 at 9:46 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The contrast is amazing isn’t it. It is a great way to record the seasons as well πŸ™‚

      April 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Trista, Domesticated Momster

    What a fabulous idea and I will be doing this with my kiddos as I am looking for fun stuff to decorate their rooms with. Thank you for linking up with #momsterslink. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

    September 3, 2015 at 5:00 am
    • Reply Sarah

      They’ll look lovely in their bedrooms. Looking forward to linking up again πŸ™‚

      September 3, 2015 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Chloe

    This is amazing! What a creative idea and so inexpensive. I’m definitely going to do this on our next outing. You can make so many pictures and have a keepsake of a great day out at the same time! πŸ˜€ You’ve got some really beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for linking this to #whatevertheweather x

    August 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It is a lovely way to record a day out or the changing seasons. Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather x

      August 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    I love this! Such a great way to keep the kids entertained and to make something pretty as well! I can see lot of nature birthday cards being made!
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather πŸ™‚ x

    August 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It is such a quick and simple thing to do and keeps them occupied for ages. We recently did it with letters at a festival and the kids made a banner for our tents! Thanks for having me on #Whatevertheweather x

      August 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    what a fab idea. A great way to get the children looking at nature and being creative. I bet it was fun.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

    August 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Even my 10yr old son and his friends love doing this, which makes a change from the xbox and pokemon cards! Thanks for visiting x

      August 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Meg

    This is great! My daughter is nearly two, and she collects everything she can find on our walks. The basket of our buggy is full of leaves and sticks at the moment. I was trying to think of something to do with the leaves, and this would work really well. Thank you! πŸ™‚

    August 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      I still find random sticks in my bag, and mine are 7 and 10! Hope your daughter enjoys trying this, and thanks for visiting x

      August 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill

    What a great idea, these make some great eye-catching artwork too. These would look fab as homemade birthday cards too. They look so bright and natural it’s fab. I hope you link this up with Trash 2 Treasure too, a great little crafty post. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

    July 20, 2015 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Hadn’t thought of linking it with #trash2treasure, but I will thanks πŸ™‚

      July 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    This is amazing! I am looking for ways to make my son not be bored this vacation and I will try this! #countrykids

    July 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for your comment – my kids love this activity πŸ™‚

      July 19, 2015 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    I love this idea! So simple but very effective! I might even have to make my own too! πŸ™‚ x

    July 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      It really is a simple way to keep kids entertained – thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

      July 19, 2015 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Donna @ Little Lilypad Co

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Found you on Country Kids!

    July 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting and your kind comment x

      July 18, 2015 at 9:52 pm

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