I have seen a lot of ideas for nature walks and journals for kids. These are wonderful for children who can read and write but what about preschool/kindergarten kids? We can do tally walks.
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Tip 1: Start with something really easy and then get more challenging over time. We started with pink flowers in July because I guessed (correctly) that there would be a lot for my daughter to find. Eventually a number or a letter would be great, especially in urban areas where more signage can be seen.
Tip 2: Being seasonal is a good way to encourage your child to observe the changes in nature. You could throw in a trick item such as pink flowers in October and then talk about why you didn’t see any.
Tip 3: Create a tally journal for your backyard if you have one or local park/green space. Your child could record what things they see growing in the garden, what wildlife they see. Again, use simple drawings to help them record what they see.
Tip 4: We started with one item to find per walk but as time goes on we plan to add extra items. This is easier in the yard than on a walk as it can be quite a lot to keep track of.
Tip 5: Be prepared to stop and dawdle as your child looks and marks things down.
Tip 6: Always date your entries. This helps your child learn about days and dates and also means you can look back over the entries and talk about the changes you see. I also find that adding a date for my daughter makes it “official” and she somehow is responsive to that.
Tip 7: My daughter rather cleverly has decided to keep her tally notebook/journal near the door where we go out so we don’t forget it!