Educating kids can happen on nature walks, naturally

As we are officially in fall, or autumn, what a great time of year to get kids outside into the fresh air to experience the change in seasons, and new sights. As you gather with children in about 12 days for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, here are some fun ways to make an outside walk educational. From fallen leaves in gorgeous new colors to acorns on the ground there is much to see when seasons change.

By now children may have enjoyed visiting a favorite pumpkin patch, cooler temperatures, and maybe even experienced a little jack frost nipping at their noses. On a recent visit to a farm with some children, I was able to photograph this pumpkin to show them how it actually grows on a plant. Then, we saw the seeds several pumpkins left behind as those pumpkins rotted away. Children love to explore seeds, and acorns up close if you have a magnifying glass.

(*) See below for more on gardening with kids.

On a recent walk, I noticed some branches that could be used to help young children identify or create letters, and maybe they could be used to create words. (Keep reading!)

Funny looking sticks might be used to form letters, with a few tools. Just snip away what you don’t need to reveal a capital letter E, and you can probably see how the bottom parallel stick could be removed to form the capital, or uppercase, letter F.

I was even able to find enough sticks with letters to create one of my favorite words:

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Also, a while ago I went for a walk with a Pre-K child in a neighborhood, and we looked at the various shapes in the houses. In this house I created online, look at all the triangles, circles, squares, rectangles, and even trapezoids you could help a child find as you walk around.

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Interested in sharing with kids how our food grows on plants?

Don’t miss our second trip to Miss Janet’s garden.

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On the subject of books, here are some of my favorites for this time of year:
Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

Happy autumn!! Go ahead, rake up those leaves and jump in with your kids!!

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