This past weekend, my three children and I attended a family nature journaling/writing workshop led by Andrea of the lovely blog, Remains of the Day. We got reacquainted with blind contour drawing, which we haven’t done in a while. Here’s a sampling of ours from that day:
We also learned some new drawing exercises and about creating a sensory map. We were prompted to be mindful of our surroundings and awaken our senses as we moved to a different location. As we walked, we created a map on which we recorded the relative location of what we saw, heard, smelled, etc. It was a challenge and we all had to remind ourselves that it wasn’t about drawing just what we were seeing but to be aware of what our other senses were noticing. My youngest daughter and I made a map together and recorded observations like the call of a nearby bird, the direction of a cool breeze, and the sound of leaves crunching as we walked on them.
If you are new to this activity, I would suggest trying it from a stationary location like your sit spot, especially for young children. Like on a sound map, place an “X” on your sensory map to mark your location.
We have also been participating in Dawn’s “Fall Outside” and one of the recent daily activities was a color hunt. In the northeast the landscape has become quite brown and it seems like there is not much color to be found. But it’s amazing what color variety can be found when you are tuned in to it. Maybe you’ll notice a vibrant yellow fungus or a bright red berry or the blue of the sky reflecting off a leaf.
To help remind us that there is an abundance of color in nature we added some color swatches to a page in our nature journals and when we are outside, we’ll keep a look-out for those colors. The object we found and where we saw it will be recorded next to the coordinating color swatch. This is also a great activity to do with various shades of one color. Challenge yourself to notice and record the many versions of a color.
I hope you and your child will enjoy the prompts offered this month as much as my children and I are enjoying them.
If you’d like a copy to paste in your child’s journal, click the image below to download a printable version.