Autumn is the perfect time of year to head outside for a fall scavenger hunt. Bring along this free printable version for an autumn adventure!
Scavenger hunts are a great way to get your kids excited about exploring the world around them.
Inspired by nature, this printable features natural items you can find outside during the fall.
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- Upper Elementary
The great part about scavenger hunts is you can use them with a wide range of ages. From preschoolers to upper elementary aged kids!
Young children can focus on shapes, colors, and sizes of items, while older kids can dive deep into the different species of plants.
Kids can work together or alone to look for items outside. This is a wonderful activity to do with a group of multi-aged kids!
Bringing along a field guide is a wonderful way to learn about plants and animals you see while exploring!
Even very young children enjoying learning about the wildlife that they discover while going on a fall nature scavenger hunt!
Depending on where you live you may also come across some plants that you do not want to touch. Including poison ivy which turns beautiful colors during the fall.
Of course, always provide adult supervision, especially with young children who may put items into their mouths or touch something they shouldn't.
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Skills to Practice
- Fine Motor Skills
- Making Observations
- Sorting and Classifying
Bringing a long a magnifying lens is a fun way to look at items up close without touching them. Kids also love taking photographs of items they find outside.
You can even bring a long a ruler and have your kids take measurements of different items that they find on their adventure.
Pair them with a nature journal. Or bring along a blank sketch pad with some art supplies. After kids find each item they can make a few sketches or drawings!
- Dried Grasses
- Yellow Oval Leaf (Beech)
- Yellow Pointy Leaf (Maple)
- Red Pointy Leaf (Maple)
- Brown and Red Leaf (Oak)
- Large Acorn
- Small Acorn
- Pine Cone
When we think about fall, you can't help but think about colorful foliage and trees! This scavenger hunt focuses on natural items you can find outside in the autumn.
From dried grasses to different colored leaves. Kids love making discoveries outside. Don't be surprised if they find additional items not found on this list.
Even if it is chilly where you live, kids can find worms, insects, slugs, and all types of amazing creepy crawlies this time of year!
- Print out one scavenger hunt per child
- Head outside to find the items on the list
- Check off each item as you discover it outside
- Share and discuss your discoveries!
- Work in groups of 2 or 3 instead of individually
- Make it a group activity by looking for each item together
- Stop and make sketches of each item as you find it
- Take photographs of each natural element on the list
Not only are scavenger hunts fun, but they are educational! A simple activity can easily turn into a full lesson about trees, leaves, and seeds.
One of the best ways to make this activity into a formal lesson is to add in a few group discussions.
Together you can talk about what you found, where you found it, and other similar items. You can have kids tape the printable right into a nature journal!
Get ready to explore all that fall has to offer with these additional activities. From booklists to no prep printables there is so much to explore this season!
Fall Leaf Printables and Activities- ready to use nature journal pages for kids
Fall BINGO- 8 bingo cards with a set of calling cards
Color by Number- fun fall designs
Children's Books to Read this Fall- beautifully illustrated picture books for kids
These printables were created by Nature Inspired Learning and are for personal use only for your home, classroom, or public library. This free printable scavenger hunt is for non-commercial use. See full disclosure.
- PDF downloadable sheets
- 1 full size version that fits a standard 8 ½ by 11 inch piece of paper
- 1 half size version with two printables per one page
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