As a child I used to go on acorn-hunting walks with my Granny because she liked to collect acorns for display. I was after the "acorn fairy cups" that I used to set out at the bottom of the garden for any visitors we might have. This lovely photographic poster shows many acorns and many potential fairy cups, too!
Maple seeds are a treasure to be discovered on your autumn walks with the kids, with the colour so typical of autumn. Share this poster with the kids or put it in your autumn displays and ask if the children can bring in any "real" examples.
When I was young, autumn was a time for playing conkers ... and having brothers, I had to be quite brave about the bruises that I picked up in the games!