Nature Treasure Hunt: Autumn

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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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  1. Great idea! We have done this sort of thing in the past, but without writing it down–just talking about it. My son doesn’t really enjoy writing, but my daughter does. I will try this with them and see how it goes. Thanks!


    1. My son is only five, and isn’t much into writing yet, either (though he CAN write). At this point, I have him point things out to me, and I write stuff down for him. I figure he will at least see that writing can be useful. 🙂


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