Getting the kids involved in creative activities doesn't have to be hard work. Or expensive. Next time you're out hiking, why not pick up some rocks or pebbles and make something like this?
You'll need: pebbles, googly eyes (or beads, buttons, whatever...), scrap knitting yarn, a permanent marker pen, scissors, a glue gun and some creativity. Feel free to add other props too, like glitter, fabric scraps etc. Then go crazy and have fun! Younger kids might need a hand with the glue gun, but bigger children should be ok handling it. After all, nobody ever died from a burnt finger!