In the warm Spring sunshine we love to go on nature trails to collect an array of beautiful things! We really try hard to listen to the birds, the leaves rustling in the trees, birds singing and the crackling of twigs under our feet. We love collecting and displaying items in our tinker tray, where we can sort and arrange our treasures!
Identify as many minibeasts and flowers as you can. We see butterflies and Bees, spiders the most on our walks.
It is amazing what you can find when you really look hard. All these beautiful flowers make such pretty collections.
We use left over egg boxes to sort our collection. Using each compartment to lay out our beautiful finds.
Once home, if we cannot recognise the flower, we look it up to try to identify it.
Our beautiful collection is perfect for our mud kitchen. Every item gets put to good use. We make mini mud cakes with flowers on top and pretty perfumes and concoctions. Mixing in bio glitter gives it an extra sparkle!
We use our flowers in the Tuff Tray – watching them blow about on the water, swirling them around with a stick.
Some of our flowers get pressed between sheets of paper in a heavy book for 2 weeks. Once they are pressed we make pretty pictures to send to grandparents. Nothing gets wasted.
Creating a Nature trail collection is such a lovely activity to do with children, learning about the beauty of nature, insects and wildlife. The many activities that follow with identifying, sorting, mixing and making truly make this a must do activity. Displaying flowers and a natural collection in our tinker tray is also a lovely idea. You can sort your treasures into colours, sizes, identifying them.
Why not try pounding your flowers with a hammer inbetween two sheets of plain copy paper to create wonderful abstract art – ensuring that none of your collected flowers go to waste.