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What better way to get the children outdoors at this time of year than an autumn treasure hunt! Whether it’s exploring the garden or taking a walk in your local woods, this guide looks at how you can put together your own autumn treasure hunt.

Autumn is the season of wonderful natural treasure – from clusters of crisp fallen colourful leaves to shiny conkers and the fresh mellowness of the autumnal air.

At this time of year, nothing calms us, re-charges us and connects us with nature than spending time outdoors. So why not take this opportunity to organise a treasure hunt for the children – either in the garden or whilst out for a walk in your local woods.

  • Spending time outdoors at this time of year is beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing
  • Getting the children involved helps them to engage and connect with nature – learning more about the world around them and taking note of the changing elements of the season
  • It’s a great way of keeping the children active and enjoying spending time outdoors

You don’t need a particular theme for the treasure hunt but it’s a good idea to make the hunt interactive and include a number of different activities so that the children can write, draw and tick check boxes as they see and do things.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. List some plants and wildlife for the children to find – awarding them a point for each one they tick off the list:

  • Bird
  • Red leaf
  • Yellow leaf
  • Orange leaf
  • Brown leaf
  • Twig
  • Conker
  • Tree
  • Pine cone
  • Spider web
  • Squirrel
  • Insect
  • Wildflower
  • Feather
Autumn treasure hunt conker

2. Consider including some activities to get the children moving e.g., stamping through the leaves, finding a leaf bigger than their hand or jumping over puddles

3. Leave space on the treasure hunt sheet for the children to get creative. For example, they could draw their favourite leaf or an interesting leaf shape or press the sheet against a tree trunk to take a bark rubbing (you can use wax crayons for this).

Once you’ve put together your own treasure hunt sheet using the suggestions above and/or adding some of your own too, print the sheet onto paper or card and give a copy to each child or pair of children so that they all have the sheet to hand whilst exploring the garden or walking in the woods.

You may find it useful to pop the sheet on a clipboard to make it easy for the children to write on.

The children will need a pencil to complete the sheet and adding coloured pens or pencils means they’ll be able to add more detail and colour to their drawings.

Give prizes out to whoever has scored the most points for the ‘look and find’ activities, the best leaf drawing or the biggest leaf found.

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