Nature Notebook


Now the fun begins. Use your book to record which nesting supplies were favored. It helps if you can give your child a camera (perhaps one that's disposable). Taking photos of the various nests and, if possible, their occupants, will create wonderful memories. They will also serve as a reminder of where to look next year.

Bark rubbings can also be added to the page. Leaves and seeds may be used along with any notes taken. If a camera is not available, your children may draw pictures of what they see, or cut out similar looking scenes from magazines. You can also record what creatures you saw on your trips around the neighborhood, and where you spotted them.

When each page is complete, it should be dated. You can also list the names of all members involved in the creation of that page. Then seal the page in adhesive, using tiny pinpricks to get rid of any air bubbles.

Even the littlest child will delight in after school walks -- and think of the fitness benefits to all of you. Best of all, your notebook will provide lasting memories of family time together for years to come.

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