Nature Journaling #107: I Spy … Nature

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 young girl in a purple jacket holds a magnifying glass up to her eye. It is sunny.

Today’s Prompt: I Spy … Nature

Take a friend outside with you and sit in the shade. Play the I spy … game: “I spy with my little eye, something the color of ­­­­_____.” Give your friend a chance to name the thing they think you are referring to. After three tries, if your friend doesn’t get it, you get a point. Now it is their turn to ask you. Play until someone gets five points.

Write about the things that were the hardest to find.

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