Monday, March 30, 2009

Nature Journals

These 3 books are some of my favorites on teaching children how to begin their own realistic nature journal.

And the book below is just a special (fantasy) one... Just because it is hard to be in nature without thinking of fairies, sprites, boggarts, elves and all sorts of fantastic woodland life.  
We have been reading the Spiderwick Chronicles  by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black...
and here is Professor spiderwick's Field guide/journal, also by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Inside this gorgeous "field guide" are pages full of watercolor landscapes,  black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn all about the 14 fantastical creatures featured in the series, but they'll be delighted and astonished by an additional 15 creatures featured in this elaborate volume--including mermaids, gargoyles, and more!!!

Yesterday was a very windy and sunny day and we ventured outdoors for some nature sketching.  Now I do not have much of a green thumb myself... but i was told by honeypie that it seems the daffodil is the first to bloom in spring!  

Here is honeypie's field guide/ nature journal. I used one of those great black cover plain page books.... she decorated it with stickers.

She wanted it to say this inside...

Her first sketch... her daffodil.  They were in full bloom at the park.

The trees still have no leaves but this one had great moss creeping on its bark...

We found a feather and some corn stalk pieces... we are going to glue them to the journal and maybe make a nature box too... I'll post later ... I have some ideas...

And here are some of the supplies we took with us.  We have been loving these "true life" color pencils by crayola.   Each pencil has a mixture of colors in its same color scheme... great for blending...

I will post more as the season progresses!

Lets get outside!

1 comment:

  1. I have those first two books and lovelovelove them. :)



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