Collage has so much added value on top of being a fun and easy way to be creative. Nature collage - collecting and using materials from the outdoors - is especially good for focussing on themes such as the seasons, materials or eco-systems, as well as building vocabulary and language. All children love a treasure hunt and the challenge of finding interesting items to go on their collage will always be met with enthusiasm. Leaves, nuts, twigs, shells, sand, stones, and even litter can all be collected for use in a collage. As can dried flowers, different coloured papers, beads, sequins and pretty much anything you want to use. It’s always a good idea to give the collage session a theme such as the seaside or woodland. Clean your pieces as much as you can and use a good quality glue and solid cardboard, to avoid any disappointing results. Especially brilliant collages can be sealed with a layer of acrylic spray paint, which will help keep them looking lovely for longer.