Spring Nature Journal Ideas

Plants, trees and fungi

  • As spring progresses, observe the changes in plants and flowers around you and create sketches or paintings of your favourite blossoms.
  • Take a nature walk and collect different types of leaves, then identify them and create a leaf pressing.
  • Learn about different types of trees and the changes they undergo during spring, then create a field guide with sketches or photographs.
  • Study the different types of springtime mushrooms and create a drawing or painting of each type.
  • Start a garden and document the growth of your plants from seedlings to maturity. (You can even plant seeds in egg shells or pots on your patio).
  • Collect different types of seeds and document their different shapes and sizes.

Animals, birds and insects

  • Create a nature scavenger hunt, encouraging children to find and document different species of insects, birds, or animals.
  • Learn about the different types of birds that migrate to your areas during the spring, then document sightings of each bird.
  • Take a nature walk at dusk and document the different types of nocturnal animals that emerge.
  • Observe the life cycle of butterflies, documenting the different stages of metamorphosis from egg to butterfly.
  • Learn about the different types of bees that are active during spring, then document sightings of each type.
  • Observe the different types of pollinators that are attracted to flowers during spring, then document sightings of each type.

Landscape, habitats and environment

  • Sketch or paint a landscape scene, incorporating the springtime colours and wildlife.
  • Observe and document the daily changes in a nearby stream or pond, looking for changes in the water levels, wildlife, and plant life.
  • Create a nature-inspired haiku or poem about the sights and sounds of spring.
  • Observe the changes in the sky during spring, documenting different types of clouds, sunsets, and weather patterns.
  • Create a nature-inspired collage, incorporating different elements of spring such as flowers, leaves, and insects.
  • Take a nature walk in a local park or nature reserve and document the different types of flora and fauna you encounter.
  • Study the different types of rocks and minerals found in your area, then create a collection with descriptions and drawings.
  • Create a nature-themed scrapbook, incorporating photographs, sketches, and descriptions of your nature journaling activities.

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