Autumn Nature Activities for Children

Irmgard Kutsch and Brigitte Walden; Foreword by Marie Luise Kreuter; Translated by Ronald E. Koetzsch

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Nature activities to help children engage with the autumn season. Includes fruit picking, basket-making, building shelters, feeding the birds, working with beeswax and making paper.

229 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Crafts & Activities
108 colour photographs
96 pages
Publication date:
22 Sep 2005
Nature Activities for Children


This book is packed full of fun nature activities that will help children engage with the season and learn practical new skills.

The authors have included a mix of indoor and outdoor activities for autumn, including picking and cooking fruit, basket-making, building houses and shelters, looking after birds, working with beeswax and making paper.

The activities in this book are based on practical experience from the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Reichshof, and are fully tried and tested.

Table of Contents



Harvesting fruit and vegetables
Where Do Fruit and Vegetables Come from?
Biodynamic Farms and the Environment
Natural Wholefoods in the Kindergarten
Eating Together: A Good Influence
Understanding How Things Are Connected: Training the Senses
Recipes for Freshly-Harvested Fruit
Drying Fruit for the Winter


Plants Used for Basket-Making
Making a Willow Basket or a Hanging Basket for Flowers
Weaving Round or Oval Objects

Simple Houses and Huts
Building: Putting down Roots

Imaginative Structures: Large and Small
Building as an Archetypal Experience
Building a House Together: Developing Social Skills
House-Building in the Third Grade
A Dedication Ceremony


Caring for birds
Food for Birds
Working with beeswax
Modelling with Beeswax
Beeswax: A Precious Material
Dipping Candles
Making paper
History and Production of Paper
Making Paper with Children

Painting and handicrafts without toxic chemicals
Paste and Plaster
Sand Pictures
Nature Mobile
Pan Pipes


'The first a new series of wonderfully inspiring activity books, full of indoor and outdoor activities. We loved the photos which showed happy children in jumpers and wellies thoroughly enjoying the activities -- photos that really inspire you get outdoors, despite the colder weather.
An invaluable book for those who feel childhood should be close to nature and in touch with the seasons. Definitely one of the best activity books I have read.'
-- Hilardy Woolf with Isaac (age 5), Education Otherwise, October 2005

'This wonderful book illustrates and describes nature activities for autumn.'
-- Kindling: Early Childhood Care and Education, Autumn 2005


Irmgard Kutsch, born 1952, trained as a vet before working with children with special needs. She established the Children's Nature and Garden Centre in Reichshof in 1994, where children and teachers can learn about nature and participate in workshops.

Brigitte Walden, born 1953, worked as a teacher for fifteen years. She has been a carer at Haus Hohenfried in Germany, a centre for people with special needs, for nine years.


Here are more books in this wonderful series by Irmgard Kutsch which helps children to engage with nature and the seasons in practical, creative ways:
Spring Nature Activities for Children
Summer Nature Activities for Children
Winter Nature Activities for Children

This book is focused on helping children connect with trees through games, activities and stories:
The Wonder of Trees: Nature Activities for Children by Andrea Frommherz

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