Nature journals are a fun way to pass the time. To many Great Parks nature interpreters, 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: Nature Puzzle
Today, let’s make a nature puzzle! Start by heading outside with a piece of paper, pencil and something solid to draw on. Find a comfy spot to sit and observe nature – a tree, a garden, a field. Draw a picture of what you see and include an animal you imagine would be there if none show up during your time observing. Be sure to color your picture too!
Next, flip your paper over and draw curvy lines to section out the piece of paper. Go inside to cut the paper along the lines. (You may need to ask a parent or guardian for help on this step.) Once all of the sections are cut out, mix them up and put your picture back together. When you’re done, save your pieces in a bag or small box you might have around your home. Write about what you saw and why you included it in your picture. Did anything you see – or didn’t see – surprise you?
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.
Director of Education & Events