Friday, October 24, 2008

Our Autumn Hunt

My Mom found the idea for an Autumn Scavenger Hunt and emailed it to me.  As soon as I read the email I quickly began to plan on adding it to our next nature walk.   Well today was the day, so we grabbed the camera to record some of our findings, had our list and headed out on our walk this afternoon.  We all had so much fun and as we were walking, enjoying the day and our search for different items on the list, my mind was thinking of all the fun additions you could add to the list or different ways to do it.  

Our Autumn Scavenger Hunt 
(adapted a bit from the original list)

Find the following:

* flowers still in bloom - Do you know what they are? If not, look them up later.

* changing leaves - a red leaf, yellow leaf, orange leaf, and one with three colors combined

Sadly, we could not find any orange leaves.

* a seed of some type - Can you identify it?

* a tree with no leaves (or very few) - Why has it lost its' leaves so early?

* an insect - can you identify it?
* an insect home

 As soon as I mentioned that they needed to find an insect 
they quickly knew where they wanted to go...  The red ant hills.

* an autumn sound - What is it?

the sound of the wind moving around us.

* a fruit (berries, for example) - Can you identify?

The boys discovered this abandoned bird nest


We still had the following to find but I think we would need to either venture outside our neighborhood or give ourselves more time (it was already past nap time :) )...
* something living under leaves or a log
* signs of animal activity or presence
* an animal home
(There is so much more that could be added to the list.)


The joy of walks...  being able to gallop like a horse.   :)

That the child should be taken daily, if possible, to scenes—moor or meadow, park, common, or shore—where he may find new things to examine, and so add to his store of real knowledge. That the child’s observation should be directed to flower or boulder, bird or tree; that, in fact, he should be employed in gathering the common information which is the basis of scientific knowledge. - Charlotte Mason

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