Nature Journaling #202: Senses in Nature | Smell

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 striped skunk is on high alert, ready to defend itself.

Today’s Prompt: Senses in Nature | Smell

We’ve already focused on vision, now we move on to smell.

Take a walk today. Stop frequently and take a deep breathe through your nose. What do you smell? Is it something from nature or something human-made? How does your sense of smell help you throughout the day? Does it help give you a sense of place when you are out in nature?

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.