Autumn is a visual symphony of colour and the season of nature’s harvest.The days are becoming shorter and cooler and we are preparing for the winter ahead.
As with any time of seasonal change there are an abundance of learning opportunities to explore.Nature provides the materials and we have some suggestions on how to explore them, based on children’s emerging observations and discussion.
Autumn is the season of nature’s harvest, with plenty of wild and planted food available for both people and animals. Orchard fruits, nuts and berries are in abundance ,such as apples, blackberries, elderberries and rosehips. Traditionally this would have been the time when people harvested these fruits in order to preserve them, make jam and store them to last over the winter.
Leaves are one of the great fun things about Autumn- the sheer joy of whooshing up a bunch of leaves and having leaf fights with our friends is a memory most of us will have.
The weather offers unique opportunities for children’s learning, and there is no better way than to actually experience it – jumping in puddles, feeling and tasting raindrops on our face, or leaning against the strength of the wind.
When autumn is upon us we notice a range of different weather changes- the temperature cools, there is more rain and wind and the days grow shorter and darker.It is a great time to explore elements of weather and we have highlighted wind.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Autumn offers an abundance of natural treasures for collecting, preserving, identifying, and examining. Visit your local park and look for these different treasures with the children.Based on the observations and discussions with the children there are a range of learning experiences to explore from these natural materials.