This Autumn nature activity is a great way to keep the kids engaged in outdoor play this season, and you may be able to do this right in your own backyard! My kids loved pretending to be “leaf detectives” to explore which leaves come from which trees. They went on several top secret missions to match them up, and even noticed small details in the leaves that they may not have otherwise noticed.
Here’s how to set up this Autumn nature activity of your own:
- An outdoor space with trees and leaves
- Various Fallen Leaves
- File Folder
- Narrow Masking Tape
Label your file folder as “Top Secret” and add the papers inside. Use a paper clip to secure them. Ask your child to gather several different kinds of leaves, then tape these to the papers. Label the sheet of paper as “specimens”.
Assign the top secret mission to your child to look closely at each leaf and try to determine which tree it came from using the magnifying glass to study the leaves and binoculars to study the trees!
This was such a fun way to spend the afternoon outdoors and foster a love of nature!
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