Nature Journaling #134: Reddy or Not

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 bright red summer tanager rests on a tree branch.
A male summer tanager (Piranga rubra). Photo courtesy flickr user Doug Greenberg/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Today’s Prompt: Reddy or Not

Head outside in search of birds that have the color red or orange on them. How many can you find? Watch the birds for a while and develop a list of words that describe them. Size? Other colors? Shape of beak? Where were they – on the ground, on a house, in a tree, on the water? Describe what they were doing while you watched them.

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