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: Make a Nature Collage
Collect some natural materials around your home (flowers, leaves, sticks, seed pods, etc.) that you can already find on the ground. Make a picture using those materials and glue them into your journal. Write about what inspired your picture.
Remember, when you’re looking for materials for your collage, you should only be using things you have around your home. Don’t take any living thing for your collage, make sure no other creature is using it as a home and keep all of the objects smaller than the size of your fist.
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