With the cooler temperatures and the leaves just starting to turn into the brilliant backdrop of fall, it is the perfect time to take a few nature hikes.
This time around we brought a bag with us to collect some of the items we found along the way. Once we got home, the items were put with a few previously collected treasures and a couple large magnifying glasses to create a fall sensory bin.
Our bin contained some of the early fall leaves from a variety of trees, some maple tree seeds, walnuts, lots of acorns, pinecones, and one prickly ball from a sweet gum tree. There were also a few seed pods and a dried up sunflower thrown in there for good measure.
They couldn’t wait to examine all of it more closely!
Having all the items together in our nature sensory bin allowed us to compare them easily. We sorted out all the different seeds and nuts and then used the book (affiliate link) Autumn Leaves to help us identify and sort the leaves we had found.
Once they had checked everything out carefully, they asked me what was inside an acorn. So we took our acorns outside, along with a hammer, to find out. They loved cracking open acorns!
Using a hammer is such a great activity for young kids, as it helps them work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Your kids will love hammering nails in pumpkins, too!
Not sure about having them use a real hammer? Try a wood or plastic kids’ hammer, or purchase one with a short handle that is perfect for smaller hands. (We like this 6 inch hammer.)
There is just something about the fiery red and golden yellow leaves combined with the crisp fall air that makes it the perfect time to take a walk with the kids.
Letting them collect treasures as they go to create their own fall sensory bin to explore is an easy fall activity they will love.
More fun fall activities:
- Q-Tip Painted Fall Trees
- Hammering Pumpkins
- 15 Fun No-Carve Ways to Decorate That Pumpkin
- Halloween Party Games