Have you ever been out in nature and found something you thought was amazing? Ever wish you had a way to get your kids more engaged with nature? The Houston Zoo has a way to help!
Nature journals are a great way to explore and learn about nature. Kids (and adults too!) can write about, sketch, or paint things seen in nature. It is a great way to document what you have seen and you can even go back later to research if you want to learn more about a particular item.
There is a wonderful website and blog at scratchmadejournal.com with a lot of great information on nature journaling. The author even has some printable pages to get you started! Click here to check out her awesome blog and get some amazing ideas about nature journals. She includes examples, recommendations on supplies, and a list of places to find more help and examples. Included on her blog are posts geared towards nature journaling specifically for kids. You don’t have to be a award winning artist or write like a novelist – just record what you see and add sketches as you see fit. And the more you journal, the better they get!
Do you know the best benefit to nature journals? Kids 18 and younger can bring their nature journals to the Naturally Wild Swap Shop to earn points! The points can be used in the shop to get some amazing things like bones, shells, minerals or even a re-usable bag that kids can take home and enjoy. Need more information on the Naturally Wild Swap Shop? Click here to learn more.