Nature Journaling #106: Sun Prints

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!

White clouds in a bright blue sky. The tops of green trees are visible.

Today’s Prompt: Sun Prints

Take two different pieces of colored construction paper outside and place some kind of natural object on top of each piece. Look for something like a big rock, thick stick, big leaves or multiple leaves. Let them sit out in the sun for at least a couple of hours. Check on the progress every 30 minutes or so. See if a sun print of the object is left behind. Write about what you think your print reminds you of.

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