Encourage children of all ages to go on a nature walk or hunt to learn about the natural world, connect with nature, and gather craft supplies for nature crafts!
Anytime is a great time to go on a nature walk or hunt with kids! So many amazing things are waiting to be discovered outside the natural world–especially in wild spaces. You may not need to go further than your backyard, but I encourage you to explore nature for this activity. You might also enjoy this massive list of outdoor educational activities for kids.
Invite Children to Go on a Nature Walk or Hunt
Going on nature walks and hunts provides a rich sensory experience for the developing child. But this outdoor nature activity is not to be confused with a scavenger hunt, although you can make a game out of it if you wish.
A nature walk or hunt provides an excellent way for kids and adults to get outside to explore and learn about the natural world, connect with nature, and collect things for activities, crafts, and other purposes. You might also enjoy teaching children to care for the Earth.
Encourage children to bring their nature journals and take a moment to record their observations and experiences outside in the natural world.
And if you’d like to go on a nature scavenger hunt with kids, we have several fun and educational scavenger hunt ideas you can try at the bottom of this post.
There are many beautiful things to be discovered in the natural world and several ways to use what you find. Since you may be out there for a while, pack a lunch, and don’t forget to bring water and a few nature study supplies.
And while you’re out there, gather any of the nature craft supplies suggested below. But only if you intend to use them for educational purposes or to make nature arts and crafts.
Natural Items to Collect on a Nature Walk or Hunt
- Sticks and small branches
- Leaves of all kinds
- Helicopter seeds
- Flowers and wildflowers (Please note: collecting flowers and wildflowers is illegal in some natural areas and parks. Read signs or ask your local park rangers to be sure. Many local, state, and national parks and other regions allow you to take one simple bouquet home for personal use. But please be responsible when picking flowers, and watch out for poison oak or ivy.)
- Edible berries and fruit if available and in season (Please ensure you don’t eat or consume anything unless you are sure it is safe for consumption. Check out wild foraging with kids for more information.)
- Anything else you discover that is safe and appropriate to take home. (Please be responsible citizens and only take what you intend to use. Nature does not thrive when it is stripped of its parts.)
Best Nature Collection Baskets
Fun Things to Do In Nature and Ways to Use the Natural Items you find
Get outside, connect, and go on a nature walk or hunt outdoors. There are so many amazing things waiting to be discovered and lots of fun and educational outdoor learning activities you can try. Or use what you find to make crafts, gifts, DIY home decor, and nature tables.
We have compiled a fantastic list of nature art and craft ideas you can try HERE–> Nature Craft Ideas and Art Activities for Kids and Adults. Or, try any of the nature crafts and activities on the list below:
- DIY Acorn Marble Necklaces
- Top 10 Fall Nature Crafts
- Natural Materials for Pretend Play
- Gluten-Free Peach Raspberry Crisp Recipe (You can substitute any berries or apples using this delicious cobbler recipe.)
Nature Table Ideas
- Spring Nature Table Ideas
- Summer Nature Table Ideas
- Fall Nature Table Ideas
- Winter Nature Table Ideas
Nature Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Most of the nature scavenger hunt ideas below have a printable to go with them. Collect all of them HERE–> Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable Library, or look at each of the posts below to learn more about each nature activity for kids.
- Search for Signs of Spring or Spring Scavenger Hunt
- Signs of Summer or Summer Scavenger Hunt
- Search for Signs of Autumn or Fall Scavenger Hunt
- Signs of Winter or Winter Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Sensory Basket Scavenger Hunt
- Nature Scavenger Hunt with Sensory Card
Get Outside and Connect on a Nature Walk or Hunt
Invite kids outside on a nature walk to learn more about the natural world and connect with the great outdoors. Getting outside and being in nature is one of the best ways to help children and adults feel good and learn to self-regulate, in addition to many other well-researched educational and psychological benefits. Click on the link to learn more about Get Outside & Connect and see a list of our favorite outside activities for kids and adults.
Learn more about Rhythms of Play HERE–> About Us.