Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Nature Collections

Nature Collections

All kinds of wonderful natural items fall to the ground in the autumn. It’s a great time of year to start a nature collection. Teach your child the names of trees and talk about the colors of the leaves you find on the ground. Talk about the texture and color of rocks, seed pods and other items you might find.

You can tape the items onto construction paper or index cards and label them with words, or you can store the items in an old box. If you do not want to take natural objects home, take photographs of what you find on your walks and create a photograph collection instead.


  • Empty tissue or shoe box
  • Natural objects collected on walks
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Crayons

Other Ideas for Fall:
Place a leaf under a piece of paper and run a crayon over the top of the paper to do a leaf rubbing. Check out a tree identification guide from the library to help you correctly identify leaves and seed pods you find on your nature walks. Take a photograph of a tree in your yard. Continue to take one photograph of the tree every week during the months of September and October. Print off all of the pictures and talk about how the tree changes each week.



This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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