It’s FINALLY spring (and almost summer)!!! What better time to take advantage of a good nature walk?! Make the most of it with these little Nature Journals for kids!
I have a confession. I am a book and curriculum addict! I am always on the search for fun things to supplement our schooling with, and for engaging activities to keep my children (and I) from being bored to tears. This time of year is BEAUTIFUL in Germany! Rolling hills, acres upon acres of nature trails, and lots of farm land! Since we school year round I really wanted to take advantage! Hence my latest splurge…
Okay, so I know I may have gone a little overboard, but come on!!! How was I to resist these adorable nature books!?! They are AWESOME! You can check them out by clicking on the images below:
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I’ve already purchased a few bug catchers, binoculars, and a few other fun things. But we needed little observation journals!
I adore these little journals because they are SUPER easy to make (and quick!), and by default they come with little pockets for collecting treasures from your outing! They’re also easy to customize – which my kids love.
Here’s what you will need to make your very own Science Nature Journal for kids:
- Brown paper lunch bags (the amount needed will vary depending on how many pages you want your journal to have. 2 bags will make 8 pages INCLUDING front and back cover.
- Scissors for cutting your paper pages.
- Glue OR Tape
- Hole Puncher OR Scissors (depending on method of customization. I will show you a few different options).
- Ribbon OR Washi Tape (again, depending on method of customization).
- Paper Journal Pages (I found these adorable nature journal images as part of a nature study printable packet over at Spell Outloud).
- Crayons OR Markers for your kiddos to color their cover pages.
How to make your Science Nature Journal
- Tape or glue down the flaps on each bag (what would open up to be the base of the bag). We will be taping down journal pages over it so we don’t want it flapping up. I’ve seen people use these flaps by pasting questions on the top and then pasting answers under the flap. However; for this book where we will just be writing down and drawing observations, it was not practical.
- Stack however many bags you are using in alternating directions. (One bag will have it’s opening to the left. The one on top will have it’s opening to the right. And repeat as you stack – one directly on top of the other) (Picture shown not stacked directly on top of each other for you to see better).
- Take your stacked pile and fold over, forming the book shape.
- Here is where you can determine the way you want to secure your book. I chose to hole punch and lace with ribbon, then tie. (Ignore the page already taped on. I haven’t gotten to this tutorial step yet).
- If you’re looking for a quicker, easier option stapling is the best choice. You can still dress it up quickly by placing washi tape over the front edge (and staples) and wrapping it around to the back edge – creating the appearance of a binding.
- Now get your adorable little pages from Spell Outloud and cut and paste them onto your journal.
As you can see, the openings from the bags have now turned into little pockets to store little treasures from your walks!
Optional: If you think you may want a way to secure your items from sliding out of the little pockets, you can always hole punch the very front and very last page, then loop ribbon through – tying together to secure the book closed.
Now let your kids color their cover page and put their names on them! It will then be ready to go for your first nature walk!
That’s it! Enjoy!
What are you hoping to observe over the summer?