Thursday, October 3, 2013

Natural Journaling with Kids

The other night, I went out into the garage in search of something. I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find this nature journal in a box with a few other things from when I was younger. This journal was dated 1986. Yep, I pressed those flowers with my Mom when I was 2. They're all brown now, but considering how long they've been in there, I think they've held up pretty well!

Today Paisley and I sat on the couch together and looked through the book. She loved looking at the flowers that I'd found when I was a little girl. As we sat there all snuggled up, it occurred to me that you're never too old (or too young), to start a nature journal. 

One of the things that I want for my kids is the ability to be thankful for small things. If it doesn't take much to be happy and you can see God's goodness in small stuff, I believe that's setting you up for a lifetime of joy. So, Paisley and I headed out and gathered a few things that spotted her eye.
 For her nature journal, we're going to press the flowers first and then after they're dry, we'll add them to an album. She's not even three yet, so her notebook will be simple with pressed flowers, simple drawings and I'll help her write the names of the flowers with the date we found them, beside each one.
Nature Journaling is something that helps kids be more aware of the world around them and it helps you see through their eyes, what they find exciting or interesting. There isn't a right way to do it and it's never too early. Just start with a blank notebook or photo album and encourage your child to write, draw, take photos or paint pictures of what they see.
 As she gets older, we'll take her nature journal with us and she'll be able to write about what we see while we're out on an adventure. The fun thing is that her interests her and what grabs her eye, might be totally different than what I notice.
One of my favorite things about these moments with my girl is the way this easily opens the door for an excellent teaching opportunity with her. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here, but I get really intimidated when it comes to teaching my kids. It's so easy for me to compare myself to other Moms and feel like I'm not smart enough or not as capable as I should be.

In these moments, her interest is already sparked and all I have to do is ignite that spark. We can look things up together, as she gets older, this type of thing will help her writing skills and we're spending time together---learning. It blesses me!
Happy journaling, friends. If you've ever done anything like this, share your experience with me!


  1. I did this growing up! I have a great love of pressed flowers and nature walks because of my Mom. Your daughter will love this and carry this practice with her the rest of her life. I still press flowers in my bible as I travel along :)

  2. What a lovely idea. I have never thought of this nor even heard of anyone else doing this. What fun. I would be intimidated by the fact that I don't know the names of any flowers. (My grandma was a botanist, but we didn't have a good relationship, so I didn't learn from her.) I can see where this would really cultivate a love of the outdoors. Something like this would have helped me appreciate the outdoors more.

  3. My grandma Susie was my greatest teacher. She was an "uneducated" woman from the South. She had appreciation and a zest for life...which made her a great teacher! She was very intelligent and fun!! I think you are a great teacher also. It is great to see this!

  4. I love this line, "The fun thing is that her interests her and what grabs her eye, might be totally different than what I notice." Isn't that the truth!? I can't wait until Ben is old enough to do these kinds of things!

  5. How sweet and what a wonderful memory these will make for you and your daughter!!!


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