Finding Fall Expedition
Looking for a fun craft idea that will get your kids outdoors and curious about nature? Discovering fall’s natural treasures may be just the activity for fall break, or after your family’s Thanksgiving meal. This year, zip up those coats, find some warm gloves, and invite your children out on a “finding fall expedition.” Kids will love exploring the backyard and garden, or going on further to find a vast collection of fall items found in nature. Re-purposing a cereal or snack box is also a clever way for kids to display their findings.
We love this activity because it works well for all age groups. Toddlers enjoy finding objects with encouragement and adult supervision, while older children can create their own box, and discover objects more independently.
What you need: A cereal or snack box, scissors, glue, construction paper, markers
How To Get Started:
Step 1: Carefully use scissors to cut the top half of a cereal or snack box. Secure the sides with tape.
Step 2: Use construction paper, markers and other craft tools to decorate the inside and sides of the box.
Step 3: Invite children out for a “finding fall expedition.” Allow kids to find a wide range of items including fall leaves, seeds, pods, twigs, acorns, pinecones, flowers and rocks.
Step 4: Allow children to display their findings by securing each object in the box with glue. Allow the box to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Extension idea: This activity works well for all seasons. Have kids find and compare their items found in the winter, spring and summer months.
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