I ready about going on a winter treasure hunt in Clare Walker Leslie’s book, The Nature Connection, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do during the fall, too, with some slight modifications. Here’s how you do it…
On a sheet of paper (one for each child if desired or one paper for the group), create four sections, with each section labeled as follows:
- Section 1: Colors
- Section 2: Sounds
- Section 3: Scents
- Section 4: Shapes
Beneath each section heading, leave space to write down at least five observations. The child may or may not find five, but at least give them the space.
Does your child keep a nature journal? This would be a great activity to record in the journal!
Perhaps instead of writing, your child(ren) would prefer to draw what they see or take photos (of the items that are visual). Be flexible, and have fun with this.
Now head out for a walk (your neighborhood, a nearby park, a hiking trail) to begin searching for things on the list. It’s not necessary to limit observations to signs of fall, but simply record what’s going on at this time of year.
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