we have been going on hunting walks (or walking hunts?). so far we have collected acorns (which you should bake at 200 for about an hour because this tiny little month lays larvae in the nut and you dont want THAT on your hands), pinecones, sticks, leaves. oh it's so much fun! especially with a two year old. we brought all our leaves and sticks home and she decorated her bed. it really was lovely, but didnt look too comfortable, to me at least.
this tree down the street from us makes the most perfect pinecones, well i think actually God makes them.