Nature Journaling #211: The Official Start of Winter

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 shines through snow-covered trees in Winton Woods.

Today’s Prompt: The Official Start of Winter

Today is the winter solstice, the official start of winter and “shortest” day/”longest” night of the year. On the winter solstice, we have the least amount of daylight out of all days in the year.

From today forward, toward the summer solstice, each day will get a little longer as far as the amount of time we have daylight. What is your favorite part about this time of year?

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.