The crisp morning air, perfect weather during the day, and beautiful sunsets at night. Pumpkin Spice isn’t the only thing screaming fall this time of the year. 😉 With all the changes happening right now, it’s a perfect time to get outside and go on a fall nature walk.
Of course, you witness plenty of nature by simply going on a walk outside, but if you want to be intentional and dig a little deeper here are 5 things you can do on your next nature walk.
Give each of your children a notebook and designate them as their nature journals. Younger students can draw pictures of things they see in nature. Older kids can journal some and add drawings too.
Journaling about nature teaches us to be observant and pay attention to details. It causes us to slow down and really notice something.
Take a bird watching field guide with you and observe the birds you see on your walk. Make it more fun by challenging yourselves with finding a set number of birds or checking certain kinds off your list once you’ve seen them.
The Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America is our go to guide when it comes to birds. It’s great for unit studies, nature walks, or even to discover what birds you have in your own backyard.
Make a game out of your nature walk and complete a scavenger hunt. Give your children a list of items to find and see how many they can check off.
Some things they could look for are:
- Animal Tracks
- A squirrel collecting nuts for winter.
- Spider Webs
- Changing Leaves
- Fallen Leaves
- Birds building nests.
- Fall Flowers
- Birds Migrating
Click here to get an awesome scavenger hunt your family could use and it even has one for younger kids too!
Encourage your children to take pictures of things they discover on your nature walk. They can try to take artistic photos, include themselves in the photos, or even do a photo scavenger hunt. All of you will enjoy going through the pictures afterwards and remembering the fun you had on your walk.
Everyone can look for items that would be good to collect for a collage or to include in their nature journals.
Here are a few things to keep a look out for:
They might even find a small rock or pine cone to put outside somewhere at home.
I hope you’ve been inspired to get outside and explore the fall changes with your children.
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.
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