Last week, I shared our Nature Journals with you. Today, I wanted to give a few writing prompts, in case your children have trouble deciding what to write about in their new journals.
There are so many things they can write about outside — the weather, their surroundings, the animals they see, how they’re feeling. They can really let their imaginations go. But sometimes, when there are so many possibilities, it’s hard to figure out where to start. These prompts give you a jumping-off point to get started. And if you print out and use a page each time, you can read back through them in a few months and re-live your outings. You could store them in a small binder (like our Road Trip Journal), along with maps, pictures, or other mementos from your outdoor adventures.
Click here to print your own journal pages.
And while it may sound like we’re intrepid explorers, always heading to the mountains to investigate mountain lions and rare flora and fauna — we’re really not. Some of our journal entries are from our own backyard. Or from neighborhood walks or local parks. I love getting up to the mountains, but sometimes (ok, lots of times) it’s just not do-able. The point of this exercise isn’t to get out into the unexplored wilderness so much as it is to help kids notice nature in their surroundings wherever they are.