There are so many fun things to discover on a walk outdoor in the fall: acorns and other tree nuts, colorful leaves, fallen sticks, and ever-present rocks. We've been collecting things on each walk and decided to turn them into an open-ended art project. My kids got their creativity going and created some really cool characters. The best thing is that you can just use whatever craft supplies you have on hand--no need to purchase anything new or special. A little imagination is all you need to get this project going.
After my children collected various interesting leaves, nuts, rocks, and sticks on a couple of different walks, I assembled them all together along with a varied tray of art supplies and some glue. You can use whatever it is you have on hand. Here are some things we used: googly eyes, wiki sticks, ribbon, pipe cleaners, sticky colored tape, pompoms, and beads.
My three-year-old used a paint brush to put glue on the pieces that he was attaching to a large, flat rock.