Fall is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather. One of the best ways to do this is by going on a nature walk with your kids and letting them explore all the sights, sounds, and smells that fall has to offer. To help you make the most of these walks, I’ve created a free printable fall observation worksheet for kids. Simply print it out, grab a pencil and clipboard, and head out into the great outdoors!
Why Fall Nature Walks are Great for Kids
Fall nature walks are a great activity for kids because they encourage them to slow down, notice the small details, and use their five senses. Walking with young children can be challenging because they usually want to run ahead or just play around.
But if you take things slow and give them some direction, they’ll be able to take in all the sights, sounds, and smells of fall. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for some quality family time outdoors before the weather gets too cold.
How To Use The Printable Fall Observations List
Once you’ve downloaded the printable PDF (link at end of post), print out enough copies for each child (or adult!) who will be joining in on the fun. I like to use clipboards to make recording your findings easier. Then head outside with your list in hand and start ticking off items as you go!
Each item on the list can be checked off once you’ve found it, smelled it, tasted it, heard it, or felt it. Once you’ve ticked off everything on the list, take a minute to sit down and talk about what everyone’s favorite part of the nature walk was.
Fall Observations Worksheet for Kids
As you go on your walk, help your child check off each item on the list as they observe it. For items that they don’t see, encourage them to keep looking and use their imagination. For instance, even if they don’t see any squirrels, they might be able to hear the leaves rustling as one scurries by.
After your walk is over, discuss what their favorite part was and help them fill in the blanks on the “What are your favorite things about fall?” portion of the sheet.
Here are a few additional tips:
- If you live in an urban area or there aren’t many trees nearby, you can adapt the sheet by observing different things like cars, buildings, or people instead.
- Encourage your child to use all their senses while they’re walking and observing. In addition to checking off items on the list, have them smell different things (like leaves or flowers), touch different textures (smooth stones or prickly pine cones), and listen for different sounds (birds chirping or planes flying overhead).
Free Printable Fall Observations Worksheet
I hope you enjoy using this printable fall observation sheet with your kids! And if you’re looking for more printables like this one, be sure to sign up for my newsletter below so you never miss a new release!
How to Download
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I hope you and your family have lots of fun using this printable fall observations list! If you’re looking for more fall activities for kids, check out these fun resources below.