Did I mention I’ve got some impatience issues to work out as part of this whole nature journaling process?… :)
Yes, I struggle with the amount of time it takes my 5yo to complete an entry to her satisfaction, especially since I am trying to work alongside her.
And I suppose this “waiting” is good for my character.
But there ARE times when lack of time is an issue. One of the ways I speed things up is to give my daughter a photo journaling assignment. Because it takes a whole lot less time to snap of photo of “5 different flowers” – or whatever the assignment might be – than it does to draw 5 flowers. And while she might not be noting all the little intricacies of each blossom, it gives her a “big picture” view of the variety to be found with a little hunting.
This means a little more work for Mom after the fact – as I organize and print her photos to put in a binder. And we do get a lot of blurry or oddball shots, though I always put the camera in auto-focus before she uses it. But it’s all good in the end.
Here is a collage I made after giving her a “rainbow” assignment – she was tasked to find and photograph at least one thing of each color in the rainbow. Fun to do, fun to put together…
Notice Flame the Cat got himself into this activity as well… And that’s not grass in the Green photo, though it well could’ve been – chives and onions grow as wildly as grass right now.
Lots of other photo hunt ideas out there:
- 5 of something – plants, trees, bugs, flowers…
- colors, shapes, things that start with a letter
- scavenger hunt – one domestic animal, one wild animal, one green plant, one flower, one manmade object, one evergreen tree, or other things along that line – just about any scavenger hunt can be turned into a photo hunt