Nature Treasure Hunt: Autumn

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.

You may also enjoy… Take a “Signs of Fall” Walk


  1. I like how many ideas you have ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have no own childs but there are many in my family. I like if people have plenty of ideas to spend a great time with their childs. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      You have to keep them busy. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Reblogged this on Let's Go Chipper! and commented:
    Wonderful way to connect with nature and explore the great outdoors as a family or class: Nature Autumn Treasure Hunt!


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Thank you for sharing with your readers. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. godmadeknown says:

    I love the idea of dividing the paper for simple sensory observations! Will definitely start using that one. Thanks!


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Have fun!


  4. 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. A Nature Mom says:

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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