What You’ll Need
- Paper bag
- Construction paper
What to Do
- Go on a family treasure hunt, looking for signs of fall. Find as many of these as you can: acorn, squirrel, yellow leaf, twigs shaped in a funny way, leaf that has two different colors, pinecone, woolly bear caterpillar, chipmunk, pumpkin, and any other small object that captures your attention.
- In your notebook, draw what you see. When you find an object on the ground, save it in your paper bag (except the caterpillar, squirrel, or chipmunk, of course!).
- When you’re back home, use glue, paper, and your found objects to make a fall collage on a piece of paper. Include the date and display on the fridge or family bulletin board, then save as a keepsake.
Extend the Fun
For younger kids: Play a counting game as you glue each leaf or acorn on your paper; add up all the items you’ve found. Or make a shadow box from the top of a notecard box and glue your treasures inside. Send it to Grandma, or a relative or friend who lives in a warmer climate.
For older kids: Instead of looking for little objects, go big! Drag home some fallen logs to make seating around a fire pit; stack big stones as a sculpture in your yard. Or make an obstacle course using the things you’ve found.