My kids LOVE picking up little nature treasures on our walks. In fact, the stroller is usually full of all kinds of sticks and berries and grass, and I just love it. J/K! Sometimes I feel like saying “keep your trash out of my stroller”… is that just me or do you feel like that too? However, I don’t because the Mom guilt far outweighs a dirty stroller. So, I had an idea to make printable pages with double-sided tape that would easily “collect” all their little trashy treasures, LOL, and it has been a major mom-win. So this is my gift to you this summer, six free printable pages that will hopefully help bring new life to your walks. A few things I’ve noticed since we’ve been doing this…
They are slower to walk, but they are incredibly engaged in looking at the little things
There is almost no bickering between them, in fact, they help each other find colors the other needs!
They are incredibly proud of their creations, showing neighbors and other walkers
Their color identifying/sorting skills have greatly improved and we’ve only done this 4x
The double-sided tape is really strong and holds their treasures well, even through the drying process. Their past works of art are hanging on their art board and are fairing very well.
You have to see the girls having fun, collecting their special nature things on our Instagram REELS!
I drew all these color-ways on my iPad in ProCreate and you can totally do the same! But if you’re not into that, I have six free designs for you to choose from. Download them all at the end of the post.
Once A Week
We have done this now once a week for the past 4 weeks. Each of the kids picks their own color page, I print it, add the tape, and then we walk. Like I said, it’s a much slower walk so if you’re trying to get a workout in, this is not the project for that. But if you want some fresh air and a change of pace, this is perfect.
Our FREE printable designs at the end of the post!
Download + Print
Visit the end of this blog post and find the clickable graphic that says click here for the nature files. When you click on it, your download will start instantly. Many smartphones now allow you to save files to your phone, which you can print from there, or of course you can do it from your computer.
I printed using the “borderless page” option and best color.
Cover With Tape
A regular 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock will take 5 strips of 2″ double-sided tape. This one I got from Amazon is absolutely fantastic, it’s super sticky and really holds the nature items well.
Let your kids roam your backyard, go on a walk, take these to the park, go somewhere different… and let them collect their little hearts out!
In your spare time you can always print and add the tape ahead of time, but then only peel off the backing when you’re ready for the walk. For example, I made a few for my moms house and I’ll let her peel the tape off whenever they go out on their walks… or you can take them with you on vacation, but peel the tape backing off when you’re ready!
It’s Fun To See Through Their Eyes
It’s been really fun to see how they respond to this project. The two older ones are VERY picky about their colors and my almost 3 year old boy is just excited to pick up things and stick them to his board. He’s learning more about color but he’s not picky the way they are. The girls also many times like to bring another page along for Elly, the baby, and they just fill it up for her. Which is so very sweet.
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial + Free Printable: Jen Causey-Kidder of Something Turquoise // Canon TS9521C Crafting Printer: available on Amazon // 2″ Double Sided Tape: Amazon // Acrylic Clipboards: Amazon // Fiskars Non-Stick Scissors: Amazon
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