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: Circles
Cut a piece of string or yarn that is about the length of your arm. (Grab an adult if you need help with scissors.) Go outside to a favorite spot and place the string on the ground in a circle. Try to find as many insects or natural things like rocks, sticks or leaves as you can within your circle. Watch inside that circle closely for about five minutes. Describe 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.
Director of Education & Events