This simple family fun idea – with a free printable activity sheet – was provided for us by our guest blogger Joyce of Childhood Beckons.
Each season has unique attributes and opportunities. One of the ways we have studied different seasons is by going on a hunt to find colors in nature. This simple activity will have your children looking closely at the details, and they are sure to notice more than just the colors!
My son wore his backyard explorer role play costume set to make this activity even more exciting, and it turned out to be very handy because the pockets were great for holding his markers! To kick off our Color Hunt, we went to our local park, equipped with his vest and hat, markers, clipboard and printable record sheet (click on the image to download and print your own sheet).
I thought it would be neat to do this with each season and compare the findings, so I created the Colors of Nature free printable sheet to encourage just that. This printable has squares to draw what you find in each color and a place to circle the season you are investigating. To use, just save the above picture and print!
My son had a great time looking for each color and really enjoyed recording his findings. I encouraged him to look at the details and asked him questions about what he saw. This was not a lesson in drawing, because I wanted him to have fun and create freely, but it turned into a great way to practice that too! As he was looking at the details of each item, he was really thinking about how to recreate them on the page. He discovered differences in leaf shapes, and the challenge of drawing a realistic pine cone!
By encouraging him to look at the details, we had many opportunities to learn more about the world around us. He was having fun and learning came naturally. He even initiated a bit of math practice as he counted the total colors, added together the number of colors we found, and calculated the number of colors we had yet to find. Such a testament to learning through play!
What will you discover?