Nature Journaling #67: Using Your Senses

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!

A park bench sits empty on a paved path that overlooks the Ohio river. It is a sunny afternoon. A barge is traveling down the river.

Today’s Prompt: Using Your Senses

Go outside and sit in the shade of a tree or porch. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, smell the air. What do you smell? 

Keeping your eyes closed, picture the scene around you. Stay like that for about 5 minutes. What do you see in your picture? Write a short story about what is going on based on what you smell, feel and hear in your picture.

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.

Amy Roell
Director of Education & Events