Summer Activities: Nature Walk Science Journal

Yesterday, we took a Neighborhood Nature Walk and observed the nature we saw along the way. Today, we are going to follow this up with a science journal. If you missed that article, I recommend going back to read what we did, though, I’m sure you can get an idea just from the title.

Hopefully, you took some pictures of all the things you saw living and growing in your neighborhood. Start today’s activity with showing your kids the pictures you took and talking about what they remember. Maybe make it into a little slideshow on your phone. Reviewing the information helps cement the ideas in long term memory and creates more neural pathways to that information.

Next, have your kids pick their favorite things they saw on the walk. Then have them draw a picture of what they saw and write a sentence or two about it (or tell you about it while you write if they are too young.) The key here is not to overdirect them. Let it be their choice, their observation, and their artwork.

Obviously this is going to vary by age. My oldest just finished kindergarten and they had a very specific way of doing journals with a first, next, last structure. If your kids are older and have more writing skills, clearly, they can go into more depth about what they saw. I would not try to overwhelm them with EVERYTHING that they saw, but focus on a few details. If this is an activity you enjoy and your kids enjoy, you can make a scrapbook over time showing how nature changes in the different seasons and as things change around your neighborhood.

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