My children love being outdoors and even on days when they feel like they would rather stay inside, all it takes is a gentle nudge out the door and then I usually have a hard time getting them to come back in.
They also have enjoyed nature journaling since they were wee ones. After I had spent time marveling with them over something that had caught their attention, I made the simple suggestions that we might draw it so that we can always remember it. That was all it took. After that they wanted to bring their journals whenever we went on a nature outing or visited the botanical gardens. Although they still enjoy it, it does not happen as often as it use to and some months only with some gentle suggesting on my part.
I never want nature journaling to feel like a chore to them. It should be something that they are motivated to do on their own and for their own reasons. But we all need some encouragement from time to time. Even for things that bring us joy or help us relax or that fill us up in the best ways. Right?
That what our monthly nature journal prompts are meant to be – gentle suggestions to get us out the door and noticing the nature that surrounds us everyday. No pressure. No right or wrong. No deadlines. And for this month, no numbers. December can be a hectic month and making the time to appreciate nature’s gifts, large or small, can be refreshing in so many ways. I hope these suggestions will help…
I wish you all a holiday season full of love and laughter and a child-like sense of wonder!
Monique & family