This Pond Nature Journal for Kids is so much fun! Get the kids outside exploring all they can find with this pond scavenger hunt! It’s a great way to look at the beauty of nature together as a family! Just print, and get the search started with nature journaling. You’re sure to see the beauty and get in your steps for the day!
Nature journaling is a fun outdoor activity for families. There are many benefits of nature and journaling is the perfect way to get fresh air, explore your surroundings, or look at the living world differently. Nature journaling can be done with kids, adults, friends, and family. Explore ponds, creeks, rivers, fields, trails, mountains, and more.
Today we will look at what is nature journal, how to create your own nature journal, and our fun pond life journal for young kids.
What is Nature Journaling?
In the same way that one records their thoughts and feelings, nature journaling can be done in parallel. Nature journaling is simply writing down one’s experiences and illustrations in response to the natural world. It’s a relaxing outdoor activity not only for adults but for children too. This fun outdoor activity connects the writer with the great outdoors and living world. Nature journals can be self lead through creative and free thought. Alternatively, nature journaling can be directed using nature observation worksheets or fun outdoor scavenger hunt printables.
How to Start a Nature Journal
To start a nature journal, grab paper and a pencil. That’s it. Free form is a great way to start writing and illustrating the observations you see in our natural world. Keep your paper together in a binder, folder, or notebook to create an exploration journal. A journal can be done over a short period of time like during a day or weekend. Nature journaling can also be done over a long series of time creating a lifelong diary or nature logbook.
How does an observation journal work?
The fun part about having a journal full of observations is that everyone’s will be different. The goal of nature journaling is broad. Journal entries can record changes in animal tracks, sketches of the outdoor environment, or even fictional stories about the environment one’s in.
If freeform is less your jam, we have something fun for you. Learn about our pond life explorer nature journal for young kids. This printable journal set can be used as pondlife activities for preschoolers and a list of their discoveries. Alternatively, take it as part of an outdoor family hike and create your very own exploration nature journal for the family. All the prompts are right there, just waiting to be completed!
Let’s take a look!
Pond Life Activities Printable
I don’t know how often we’ve looked at a pond and just kept walking. But when you take the time to slow down and look at all the beauty, there are so many things to see! In this pond life science activities printable set, experience nature by creating your own pond-life nature journal observations.
The fun part about searching and looking for things related to a pond is that everyone gets to be a part of the fun. We’ve used this activity during sleepovers, campouts, hikes, and even just a fun family day where we put the screens down, and spent time together, face to face.
Included in this pond printable activity:
- Pond Explorer Cover Page
- Pond Observations Journal
- Pond Explorer Reflection Questions
- Pond Explorer Nature Scavenger Hunt List (written)
- Pond Explorer Outdoor Scavenger Hunt List (with photo prompts)
For many of these natural journaling printables, print as many as you need to make multiple observations. There are prompts to help everyone know what to write or draw, but after that, it’s how they see and perceive it. An observation journal is an easy way to slow down and enjoy the time.
Make sure to grab this nature journal for kids! It has two outdoor scavenger hunts plus nature journal ideas! It’s great for preschoolers, young readers, and early learners!
Nature Observation Worksheets
First, see these nature observation journal prompts. Write the date,t time, weather conditions, location, and season. Draw different things you see on your adventure. Make a checklist of fun things you found and keep fun journal notes.
You can also make pond observations with a fun animal and plant journal. Answer nature journal questions that lead to observations about your pond including …
- What did you learn about your visit to the pond?
- What would you like to learn about the pond?
- What can you do to improve pond life and pond ecosystems?
Nature Scavenger Hunts
Kids love outdoor exploration through a nature scavenger hunt. The pond life activities worksheet includes two types of pond outdoor scavenger hunts including a Pond Scavenger Hunt for Nature and a Pond Scavenger Hunt with Photos.
Find some of the following things at the pond…
- Lily Pad
For literacy activities, the scavenger hunt with words is meant for emergent readers and older kids who can read. The scavenger hunt with pictures is meant for young kids who did visual images of pond items they can look at and find on their own. Pair up older explorers and younger kids and do both!
Let each child create a check or circle over their items found so little learners can work on their fine motor skills during the small pond theme activities.
More Ideas for Nature Journaling at the Pond
Don’t forget to change it up to work for your needs! Make this printable nature journal for kids your own! You can use it just like it is or change it to something new.
Some fun ideas to personalize this pond life nature journal includes…
Have a fun prize
Don’t forget the prize and make it a friendly competition. It’s always fun to motivate people with a prize! If you can think of fun pond prizes, that is even better. A small prize would be gummy worms (to be like fishing worms!) and a larger prize could even be a fishing pole! Hit the dollar store to see what you can find.
Keep track as you go
If you want to make a point system, adding a counting element is a fun way. Have everyone count how many frogs they find, count the lilypads, and more! This turns the fun into a math activity. I think that we ended up counting 15 frogs and over 30 lilypads on our outdoor pond adventure. We all had a blast using this as our basis! There are so many things that you’ll see that you can add to the list as well. Have fun with it and go with the flow coming up with new ideas as you explore.
Collect fun things
Scientists and naturalists will enjoy having a small bucket or bag to carry the items they collect. Bring your fun trinkets back to the classroom and look at such items under a microscope. You can use such items to make your own nature arts & crafts or add to a fun hands-on nature sensory bin.
Add a photo contest
You’ll undoubtedly see a ton of really cool things while you’re looking around the pond. See who can take the best picture and share it with everyone! Use the nature treasure hunt to create your own photo scavenger hunt with pond items or photograph things not found in the outdoor treasure hunt like…
- Pond patterns
- Eggs, tadpoles, and frogs to create your own illustrated frog life cycle
- Cloud patterns
May the best photo win. Use your photos to add to your nature journal scrapbook.
This outdoor pond printable is easy to use and fun as well! Get ready to be in a friendly competition with the kids because you will look for everything, just like they are!
What ages can participate in this pond journal activity?
These pond life journal activities can be used for those young and old. Anyone who holds observation skills. There are endless ways that you can use this fun nature journal. Take it to the preschool classroom with toddlers. Share the skills of a naturalist and call each of your young tots scientists as they explore nature. You can also print these field guides for a family vacation or a fun trip to the countryside. Carry a magnifying glass, binoculars, a notebook, a writing utensil, and a bucket to collect fun things.
Once the weather starts to warm up, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get started with naturalists of all ages.
Pond Nature Journal PDF
Have fun with this printable natural journal activity pack! It’s the perfect way to explore anything and everything that is near and in the pond!
All you need to do is download this Pond Activities Nature Printable PDF and get out the door! Don’t stress if you can’t find everything – just remember to have fun! (You can print the PDF in black and white as well!)
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More Outdoor Journaling Ideas for Kids
Want to begin more themed journaling? Take a look at these nature journaling examples that you can use with kids. Each of these printable outdoor activities can be adapted into outdoor journaling or taking notes about nature observations.
First, take a look at this camping journal for kids. This free printable outdoor journal for kids includes the camper’s profile page, camping 101 facts, coloring page, camping friends information, camping memories page, camping lessons page, a photo wall or camping scrapbook, and a camping drawing page. Pin to Pinterest.
Be sure to check out the free printable Hiking Journal and Hiking Trails Bucket List! This outdoor sports activity includes a list of some of the best hiking trails in the US. At each location, keep notes about the trail observations including trail conditions, the distance walked, the time it took, the terrain, and more. This nature journal for families can be printed as many times as you’d like keeping a full index of nature observations on the hiking trails you take. Pin to Pinterest.
Bullet journaling is an excellent resource for journaling about nature. Instead of a blank page or page with lines, a bullet journal (or BoJo) is a series of dots. The writing connects the dots to create beautiful graphics, calendars, notes, sketches, and more. Similar to a wreck journal, it’s a free page for free thought and freedom of direction. Pin to Pinterest.
Outdoor Hunt for Kids
One of the best ways to explore the outdoors is to move around and not stay in one place. This Outdoor Scavenger Hunt is perfect for exploration in your own backyard. If you are at a campsite, use this Camping Scavenger Hunt instead to explore fields, lakes, the fireside, and more. Pin to Pinterest.
I Spy Nature
This nature walk activity pack is perfect for young scientists. Teachers can use it as lesson plans or parents can use it as a weekend adventure. It includes a nature color wheel, a cloud spotter window, a nature walk scavenger hunt, and a leaf spotter. It’s a different way o look at nature when fun little printables for kids.
Outdoor Activities for Kids
Once you finish your outdoor journaling, enjoy the outdoors. These Outdoor Minute to Win it Games are full of fun activities for kids and adults. These games will release endorphins. Fresh oxygen, laughter, and fun games create a memorable experience. Pin to Pinterest.
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