Nature Journaling #97: Natural Fireworks

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 lightning bug/firefly sits on a leaf
Photo courtesy flickr user pepperberryfarm/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Today’s Prompt: Natural Fireworks

Head outside tonight just as it is getting dark. Are there any “natural” fireworks in your yard? By natural fireworks, I mean lightning bugs or fireflies! If there are, how many do you see? Be still and see if you can see any lights flashing from beetles in the grass or in bushes. Or are all of the flashes coming from ones that are flying? What do you think the flashes mean?

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