I’ve been exploring Nature Journals and Nature Journaling as a way of slowing down, focusing and taking the time to notice and record all I see. I came across some resources here. There are lessons and examples – it is written for adults, but if you scroll through the document you’ll see some amazing journal entries created by kids just like you. Here are a few of the examples they share:
I’d love to create a notebook like these. I’m going to set aside once a week to make an observation in my yard. From what I see, I will create a journal page sharing what catches my eye. Maybe as I get better with this practice, I’ll add more times into my week.
Here are some quick write prompts to inspire your journaling.
- Spend 15 minutes outside observing the natural world around you. Write and sketch about what you noticed the most.
- When you go outside, which of your senses are you most thankful to have? Explain why.
- What is your favorite place outside to explore? Tell all about it.
- Write a story of poem in which Nature is the main character, rather than just a setting.
- What can we do to better protect our natural world? How will you convince us to take action?
- Would you rather live in a secret forest, or on a desert island? Why?
- Choose an element of nature ( a tree, a flower, beetle, fish, cloud…) and write a poem from its perspective.
Maybe you can take a photograph of your journal and add it too your blog when you’ve got the time.