It’s time again for another Outdoor Play Party!
One of our favourite Fall activities is to spend a morning collecting chestnuts. They’re fun to search for and gather, and they provide us with hours of fun, and countless activities for days and weeks after our big hunt.
Early Tuesday morning, just after 9 a.m., we hopped in the van and hit the town in search of nut trees. My mom had told me the location of a good chestnut tree so that was our first stop, and we were not disappointed!
We hopped out, armed with our gift bags and collected oodles of gorgeous, glossy nuts. The tree was absolutely loaded with them, and they were actually falling around us as we gathered ours.
The best are the ones still nestled in their prickly shell. If the shell is cracked, you can carefully pry it a part and pluck the nut out. There’s something so satisfying and rewarding about this process. Because of the sharp spines on the outer shell, the children have to use a very gentle touch and control the placement and movement of their fingers as they open the shell and remove the nut. Their fine motor skills really get put to the test here.
After loading up our bags we hopped back in the van and drove all around town, hoping to find an oak tree that we could collect acorns from, but sadly any oaks that we found had only a couple of acorns underneath it, so we weren’t as lucky with those.
We stopped at several parks (perfect for a play-break), the cemetery and a ball field, but alas, no acorns.
We were out and about for most of the morning, and when we returned home, the Hooligans emptied their bags into a bin and I gave them the scoops and jars and muffin-tins and they sorted and poured while I fixed us a picnic lunch.
My favourite link-up from our last Outdoor Play Party were these Nature Hike Bracelets by Kid World Citizen!
Such a simple but awesome idea! I can’t wait to make these with the Hooligans!
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