I really love doing crafts with my kids. I especially love any type of craft that involves painting with them. They get so absorbed in what they are doing that time just seems to slow down. They always have so much fun sitting together and creating. I recently picked up a package of googly eyes after seeing this Instant Friends craft in Family Fun magazine.
Instead of collecting items in the backyard, I collected items from around the house that we could paint. I cut up an egg carton, found some random wood blocks and a few unused wood craft animals.