I felt like I was due a lucky break, we had bravely fulfilled a few soggy activity hour sessions, dodging showers with wellies to complete our outdoor tasks and retreating into the games room for the crafts. This week we were blessed with a winter sun that felt more like summer and I was determined to make the most of it by collecting and using nature that wasn’t soaked through. An autumn scavenger hunt for nature’s treasures was my starting point and my mind was full of possibilities to make with our collected goodies.
A treat to start
I had set out quite a challenge for little legs so we started by enjoying a homemade cookie for energy while I explained the scavenger hunt and handed out collecting bags and pens.
Autumn Scavenger hunt
We set off and in no time the children had spotted the first things on their list. Acorns and acorn leaves, helicopter seeds and sycamore leaves.
Encouraged by our early finds we wandered through the fairy gardens for more treasures and on across the farm path where all the children managed to tick off everything on their list. I think the elderberries and hawthorn berries were their favourite, they looked so juicy and ripe unlike the blackberries which really were looking end of season.
Hello from the animals
We had added the pigs and the chickens to our tick sheet knowing we would pass them, but the sheep and goats also came to say hello in the hope a branch might be spared for them. Finally we took the footbridge back across the open field to our craft station where we emptied out our treasures ready to make some autumn crafts.
Autumn Scavenger hunt leaf keepsake
The children chose an oak or sycamore leaf card with double sided tape to arrange their autumn scavenger hunt find on. It made a lovely keepsake of all the things they found from the sheet.
The remaining collected items were used to thread into paper plate wreaths. Here all the pretty berries and flowers made a colourful collection to hang in each house. A few pieces of autumnal coloured floristry ribbon completed the wreaths and the children left happy with their afternoons work.
I can totally recommend a scavenger hunt as a way to motivate little legs on a country walk and learn about nature all at once.
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