Nature Journaling #162: Sun & Games

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!

The sun begins to set over the green forest and Winton Lake.

Today’s Prompt: Sun & Games

This evening, go outside and pay attention to where the sun sets in the sky. Make a note of where you see it. Look back at your notes from this summer; is the sun setting in the same spot as it did back in June? If it is different, why do you think that is?

Tomorrow, get up and do the same thing at dawn, when the sun is coming up. Is the sun rising in the same spot in June or a different spot?

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