Outdoor nature hike collecting and sorting in preschool

Outdoor nature hike collecting and sorting in preschool

Since day one, our students have been wanting to go on a nature hike in the woods.  So what did we do? We went on a nature hike (on a slightly rainy day no less)…

Each child was given a paper bag to collect nature items. The popular collections included rocks, acorns, and sticks. We had a few leaves but since our leaves are not quite falling yet – we will take another walk on a fall day for collecting leaves…

The children have been collecting acorns on a daily basis around here and taking them home in their pockets, but today we put them in our bags…

After we completed our collections, we went into the outdoor classroom and set our bags out by our sorting baskets…

Later, the children sorted all the items that were in their bags into the baskets. Keep in mind that we have been collecting items to take home often so leaving the items they found in the baskets was no big deal to the children…

That was all we had the time for today but throughout the year, we will continue to add to our collections and use them for various kinds of learning and play in the classroom…


  • Little Wonders’ Days Posted September 13, 2011 10:22 am

    My kids love to take fall walks and collect things. I never thought about having them sort the items before!

  • andiejaye Posted September 13, 2011 11:39 am

    this looks like so much fun! i always find it fascinating to see what littles treasure…

  • laura Posted September 13, 2011 1:42 pm

    I love the sorting idea, too. I am jealous that you get acorns…I had to buy fake ones for our fall unit.

  • Andrea Posted September 13, 2011 2:25 pm

    I love that – I like taking the kids for a nature walk, but I love how this extends it just a bit more afterward. I can’t wait for a nice day to do this soon!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 13, 2011 2:42 pm

    Haha – we sort EVERYTHING around here:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 13, 2011 2:43 pm

    To the children – everything they find is like a treasure!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 13, 2011 2:44 pm

    i would have waited for a not so rainy day – but I promised the children and they wanted me to keep that promise:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted September 13, 2011 2:44 pm

    Haha – oh my, we have so many acorns! They come down like rain around here.

  • Vicki Blacken Posted September 13, 2011 11:04 pm

    Hi! Your acorns are wonderful! I wish we had them near our preschool. We also take lots of nature walks to collect things this time of the year. Mostly, we see slugs and wooly bear caterpillars. This week, we’ve collected some beautiful cones (pine and fir). Do you think your students would pack up and send us some acorns? We would enjoy sending you a box of our cones for your projects. It might be another fun exchange, like the leaf exchange you’ve done.

  • abbie Posted September 22, 2011 10:01 am

    Love the idea of sorting the things they collected. Looks like great fun.

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