One of my family’s favorite outdoor past times is exploring new trails and taking long, peaceful nature walks. We always come across the most fascinating things and items left behind on our trails.
A few years ago, we started collecting these “Found Things” — interesting doodads and shiny objects we would find on our walks.
Note: I keep a ziplock baggy, brown paper bag or small cup in the car especially for walks like this. We hike the trails, stop to smell the roses and when we see something interesting, we pick it up to save it for later.
When we feel like we have enough Found Things, we recycle them and turn them into a one-of-a-kind beautiful pieces of art like this:
To make our collages, I purchased a simple wooden tray style frame from Michael’s for about $1. We used kids poster paint to add color to the wooden tray and then hot glued all of our pieces on shadow box style. No, I did not let me 3 year old use hot glue, but I did let him dictate where each piece would go and let him press them into place once the glue had been applied.
The handle you see on this piece was also a found during one of our walks. These items were all collected in the spring time, many nods to outdoor Easter egg hunts and birthday parties shown here. My favorite items are probably the discarded bubble wand and big sparkly jewel. Oh, also the nerf bullet with the sweet sea horse charm stuck to it which really gives this piece some nice height and definition.
Every time I look at this craft project, I am reminded of the love and laughter and fond memories we made together gathering all of these items. Each item has it’s own story and when paired in a collection like this, it’s a powerful reminder of days gone by. A time capsule of our walks and talks and lives together, a perfect way to introduce Earth Day and the concept of taking care of our planet to your kids.
I’m partnering up with some amazing & creative bloggers for an Earth Day Kids Craft Blog Hop
Check out the other great Earth Day projects in this series:
Recycled Paper Tube Train from Make and Takes
Make a Planet Earth with Kids Activities Blog
Found Things Collage on Kids Stuff World (that’s me! right here)
2 T-Shirt Cinch Sack from Patchwork Posse
Simple Earth Suncatcher with No Time for Flashcards
Paper Mache Pots from Childhood 101