1. Nature basket.
Find an old Easter basket around the house, or something similar and head out to a nice nature park for a walk. For my good friends in San Antonio I recommend parks like Olmos Basin, Tom Slick, Or Walker Ranch but any ole' park should do. Encourage the kids to collect items in their baskets while on your walk. These items can be simple things like rocks, twigs, and leaves. After they gather to their hearts desire, sit down with them and talk about how each item "feels" and what purpose it holds in the wild. It's a fun way to learn, and enjoy nature!
2. Keepsake jar
Find an old jar with a lid laying around the house. (Ex. empty tomato sauce jar) Or you could buy some mason jars from your local H.E.B. Then simply let the kids go outside and fill the jar with layers of nature. For example, for the first layer have the child put a inch amount of dirt. For the next layer perhaps he/she will decide to put rocks or grass. Let your kids get creative, even if it means everything gets all mixed up in the process. Don't forget to praise them on how creative they are!
3. Bug Search
This last one is simple, all you need is a magnifying glass, your kid, and some nature. Encourage your child to search for bugs! They will get a kick out of using the magnifying glass and making the bugs look bigger. See how many different kinds of bugs you can find. To make it even more interesting for older kids, bring along a jar to catch some of their favorites for observation.
I hope you have a blast trying this with your kids. I know i will. Happy fall days to yall!