Making an Autumn nature tray or table is a brilliant way to encourage toddlers and preschoolers to explore nature using their senses. Kids will love going on a nature walk to collect items for their own nature collection. They can make simple observations, sort pieces of nature according to size, type or colour, explore textures or simply enjoying playing with the objects.
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Harry loves making collections of things (anything and everything) and Autumn is definitely a good time of year for finding interesting things. We went on an Autumn walk together, picking up all of the things that Harry liked the look of (which was a lot of things!)
Once back home we put some of the things we had collected onto a tray on the floor (so Harry had easy access to it). We talked about the different coloured leaves and I added a few pots, bowls and baskets so Harry could sort his objects.
Harry had lots of fun looking at the objects and moving them between the baskets and pots. He especially liked mixing them together in the bowl to make me some soup.
Making an Autumn nature tray is a simple activity, but lots of fun. We came back to the tray several times over the coming weeks. Having the nature tray at floor level meant harry had easy access to the nature so he could bring it into his play .
Harry: Age 2