Fall is the absolute best time for nature walks, in my humble opinion. Here are 8 easy ideas for outdoor explorations with kids, with many free printables…
1. Hiking Trail Scavenger Hunt
[Go Explore Nature, guest post at Mommy Hiker]
I love, love, love Debi Huang’s blog Go Explore Nature–so many great ideas for getting outside with the kids. She’s also got fantastic Pinterest boards! This post provides a FREE DOWNLOADABLE scavenger hunt list, along with some handy tips for walking with youngsters.
We’ve loved a number of nature printables from Hearts and Trees, and this is another winner. Although the hunt is intended for use with a camera, it would work just as well without one. In the spot where it instructs you to place your favorite photo, you could glue a small picture drawn by your child.
Another great hunt from Debi at Go Explore Nature.
3 easy, tried & tested ways to enjoy fall leaves with your kids. Seriously–your kids will love these activities, and you will love the minimal prep time involved. (Can you say “masking tape”? That’s just about all you’ll need. Plus a few books from the library.)
Cute scavenger hunt with pictures–perfect for non-readers!
Another great hunt with pictures.
I love this set of three free printables! The simple scavenger hunt–with pictures–is accompanied by one page for bark rubbings and another for leaf rubbings. Older Brother is particularly jazzed about the leaf rubbings this year.
The Handbook of Nature Study, home of the Outdoor Hour Challenges, is another favorite nature blog. This printable notebooking page provides four squares where kids can draw their favorite signs of nature–spotted on a nature walk, of course!–and a small spot at the bottom for writing a description.
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page