Autumn is a time when we shift our eyes from the summer sun to watch the leaves change color. There are so many fun outdoor activities that kids can do safely. For example, children love jumping on a bed of leaves and hearing them crunch beneath their feet. One fun activity that you can do with your family is take a nature walk and create an autumn nature bracelet.
You will need duct tape, scissors, possibly a ruler, and found objects from your nature walk. Please follow the CDC guidelines for walking in the park. Also, Liz Lee Heinecke advises in her book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, “familiarize children with poison ivy/poison oak before taking your nature walk. In addition, please remind your children that unidentified berries should never be eaten.”
Materials & Procedure:
- Measure and cut a piece of duct tape that fits comfortably around your child’s wrist, using a ruler if necessary. Secure the tape around your child’s wrist, sticky side facing out.
- Take a walk outside. Here’s some helpful information and tips on local hikes from the Mommy Poppins website.
- Collect leaves, flowers, tiny pebbles, feathers, acorns and other natural resources to decorate your bracelet!
- Bring a paper bag to collect leaves that might be too big for your nature bracelet
- Use a nature journal to record what you see and hear
- Try to identify what you have seen and heard on your walk
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Finally, check out this great Pinterest board for more awesome STEAM activities for fall!