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Nature journaling with young children can be a challenge.
They aren't really capable of writing much (if anything!) in a nature journal, which pretty much eliminates copying poems, writing scripture, or labeling nature finds.
Their observation skills are still in the process of developing.
And their attention spans are...let's just say short.
These little guys love to tag along on their big sisters' nature excursions, but rarely (if ever) do they sit still long enough to draw a picture of what they find! They are far more likely to accidentally squash our nature finds. :)
That's why we created these I Spy Nature Cards: Signs of Seasons.
These I Spy cards prompt children to find different items that are specific to one of the four seasons. So, like our Nature Journal Prompt Cards, they can be used for year-round nature journaling.
Hudson "spied" a wild violet on our nature walk today.
However, because each card features a full-color nature photo, they don't require any reading or writing. In fact, although an older child can record his observations in a nature journal, it isn't necessary. Younger children can simply use these cards to help them "Spy" different items in nature, thus growing their observation skills in a gentle, age-appropriate way.
Caitlyn and Lizzy found a Dogwood tree.
Each card is about the size of a playing card, which makes them compact and easy to take with you on your nature walks. (We recommend printing the I Spy cards on sturdy cardstock, laminating, and hole punching before placing them on a book ring.)
Since they can be used by the youngest observer up to the oldest, our I Spy Nature Cards are the perfect solution to incorporating younger children into your nature journaling excursions.
Anna might have had the best find of the day ~ a giant morel mushroom. For those readers who aren't familiar with morels, they are a highly prized edible mushroom. Yum!
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