Nature Journaling #128: Nest Builders

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!

An eastern kingbird makes a nest in a small tree.
An eastern kingbird makes a nest in a small tree. Photo by Courtney Celley/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region.

Today’s Prompt: Nest Builders

Design a bird’s nest. What size would it be? What would it be made of? What type of bird would live in your nest? How many birds could live in it? Where would the nest be located? What would be around it?

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