Pine Cone Trail Outdoor Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Toddlers and preschoolers love playing follow the leader, or follow the trail. Outdoor trails are often made with footprints in the sand, or boot prints in the snow. You can easily make a trail with pine cones in the backyard to provide a fun outdoor game for toddlers and preschoolers.
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We are fortunate to have a large pine tree in our yard. Every spring there is an abundance of pine cones on the ground that are fun to collect for crafts and activities. Creating a long trail for kids to follow is one way to have fun with pine cones.
If you don't have pine cones available in nature, you can purchase pine cones online, or find them in a department store or craft store.
Create a pine cone trail
Spread a number of pine cones on the lawn in a long winding trail. Go around trees or bushes or other props in the yard.
Place a bucket or sand pail at the end of the trail. We ended our trail with a red beach pail and shovel under an apple tree in the yard.
After creating the trail, go back to the beginning and follow the pine cone trail!
When you reach the end of the trail, grab the pail and retrace your steps! Walk back along the trail, collecting pine cones in your pail as you go.
To extend the activity try using the sand shovel, or even tongs, to pick up the pine cones. Is it easier to pick them up with your hands?
Use pine cones in crafts and activities
Note: We have a post on our Pine Cones Pinterest board that tells how to clean natural pine cones for crafts and activities.
Math games: count the pine cones; weigh pine cones; sort by size
Observation: talk about the color and texture of the pine cones
Sensory play: add pine cones to the sand bin
Craft: decorate pine cones
Play and learn: introduce simple facts about pine cones
More pine cone activities from kid bloggers!
Pinecone Bats from Fireflies and Mudpies
Pinecone Winter Owls from Easy Peasy and Fun
Pinecone Pals from Sunshine Whispers
Pine Cone Science Experiment from Lemon Lime Adventures