As a nature interpreter, I am obviously drawn to the outdoors and my children spend a great deal of time outside. We often use nature journals to encourage observations and take notice of the world around us.
To them, these journals are a fun way to pass the time. To me, they are a tool that fosters meaningful connections with the natural world.
Want to create a nature journal with your child? Grab some paper and a pencil, step out the front door and use the prompt below. We’ll publish a new prompt daily, so be sure to check back here for more!
Today’s Prompt: Observing Your Yard
Mark off a 1-square-foot section of your lawn. Count how different plants are growing there. Do you see any insects? What are they doing? Draw or write about what you see.
A Few Tips for Success:
- Work with your child’s attention span. If they aren’t enjoying an activity, allow them to choose a new one. If they are highly focused, give them plenty of time to continue the observations.
- Allow creativity. Children often have interests that go beyond the questions we pose. Create a safe environment so they can create and explore on their terms.
- Journal along with your child. You never know what you may discover and it’s a great way to spend some quality time together.
- Try activities at different times of day. Observations may change with time and temperature.
Want to try your hand at different nature journaling topics? Click here for more prompts.
Nature Interpreter, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve