Colors of Nature Color Hunt

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This “Colors of Nature” post is provided by Joyce from Childhood Beckons.

Each season has unique attributes and opportunities. One of the ways we have studied different seasons is by going on a hunt to find colors in nature. This simple activity will have your children looking closely at the details, and they are sure to notice more than just the colors!


My son wore his backyard explorer role play costume set to make this activity even more exciting, and it turned out to
be very handy because the pockets were great for holding his markers! To kick off our Color Hunt, we went to our local park, equipped with his vest and hat, markers, clipboard and printable record sheet (click on the image to download and print your own sheet).

I thought it would be neat to do this with each season and compare the findings, so I created the Colors of Nature printable to encourage just that. This printable has squares to draw what you find in each color and a place to circle the season you are investigating. To use, just save the above picture and print!

My son had a great time looking for each color and really enjoyed recording his findings. I encouraged him to look at the details and asked him questions about what he saw. This was not a lesson in drawing, because I wanted him to have fun and create freely, but it turned into a great way to practice that too! As he was looking at the details of each item, he was really thinking about how to recreate them on the page. He discovered differences in leaf shapes, and the challenge of drawing a realistic pine cone!

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By encouraging him to look at the details, we had many opportunities to learn more about the world around us. He was having fun and learning came naturally. He even initiated a bit of math practice as he counted the total colors, added together the number of colors we found, and calculated the number of colors we had yet to find. Such a testament to learning through play!

What will you discover?

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joycebiopic2.jpgJoyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. Her motto is “Childhood is calling my son to play and explore. And childhood is calling me to help him on his journey.” She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family’s favorites. You can find Joyce on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


  1. What a great idea. I like how you have art and science and math integrated into one activity How long did he spend on the activity and what age is your son? What were some of his comments about what he was doing?

    • Thank you, Glenda! We probably spent about an hour on the activity itself, but it really turned into an afternoon of exploring that ended with a walk through the creek. My son is 6 years old and there was a wide range of comments. He had a lot of fun describing things and how to draw them. For instance, we looked at a lot of different flowers and he took the time to notice and draw the different leaf shapes. Whereas normally, he’d just draw a flower with the generic stalk and one leaf.

  2. This is such a wonderful way to search and record colors found outdoors.