Take a nature walk

With the crisp air and changing colors, now is an especially great time to roam around outdoors. Not only is it enjoyable, but connecting with nature provides many physical, socioemotional, and learning benefits. Here are some fun educational activities that involve strolling through nature, whether it’s a park, beach, or hiking trail.

Nature haiku

Images found in nature are a big source of inspiration for haiku poetry, and many haiku are written to evoke feelings associated with specific seasons. This haiku worksheet is great for young writers, introducing the concept of imagery and the feelings certain images can elicit. After your child finishes it, you can take a walk with them and they can compose their own haiku.

Temporary art

Here’s an activity that requires no preparation, because almost everything you need is already outside! Find a scenic spot outdoors with your child, and then start hunting together for natural art supplies like stones, shells, branches, and flowers.

Once you have your materials, help them brainstorm ideas for an art project like a ground mural, a small structure, or something more abstract. Then, create it! Don’t forget to take a photo of the project when you’re done so you can remember what they made.

Discover the colors of fall

One of the most magical parts of fall is the rich colors, and this project is all about documenting them. Take your child on a walk with a camera, and help them take photos of things in nature that catch their eye.

Once you get home, upload the photos to a computer and put them in a document. Next, have your child add captions to each photo describing what’s being depicted, as well as a cover page with a title. When they’re done, they’ll have a photo diary of their fall walk!

From here to there: noticing nature

This activity works well for children about preschool age, and is all about getting them more acquainted with their community. First, take them on a walk around your neighborhood, making sure to point out details like the kinds of houses and trees around, what sounds you’re hearing, and major landmarks.

After that, encourage your child to make a model of the area you explored with sand, toys, or whatever you have available. Take another walk and compare the model to the neighborhood, then make adjustments to the model. You can repeat this step as many times as you want, or until the model is a picture-perfect image of your community!

Want more ideas for your next family nature walk? Look through the Education.com Learning Library!