Nature Journaling #98: Leaf Miners

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!

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Today’s Prompt: Leaf Miners

Go out into your yard or favorite park and look at the leaves of plants. Do you find any squiggly lines in the leaves? These are made by leaf miners. There are many different types, but many of them are moth caterpillars. Take a leaf off of a plant and hold it up to the light. Can you see the tiny larva inside it? If not, where do you think it went?

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