January of the 365 Nature Journal
January starts with nature resolutions or wishes tied to a tree (4th and 5th), this isn’t as daunting as it might sound. It is more about the getting out and picking your tree than it is about the resolution.
Start a nature craft by picking a photo and framing with driftwood or sticks (3rd and 6th). Or bring in sticks or grass from outside and use as unusual painting tools (20th). Make quick towers of stones (24th) on a pebble beach or bring them home and cover with paint or collage (12th) to bring colour inside.
Painting the spiral on the snail shell (29th) Ok so… maybe we painted on habited shells – but what fun we had! they still talk about it and never fail to notice the spiral in the snails whenever they find them.
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This month encourages observations that can lead to a nature study of the European Robin if you wish. (10th,11th,14th,16th,31st) you can download the small robin nature study booklet to keep track of your observations if you wish.
The Wildlife Watch have instructions for how to make a bird feeder and a bird bath (28th and 14th)
The Robin fluffs his feathers to keep warm (7th), watch a video of it here by Paul Dinning.
Enjoy the winter night sky, it is with us so much at this time of year we might as well enjoy it! Its such a thrill if you spot a shooting star (15th) and the Winter Hexagon in the stars can be spotted on a clear night if you have an expansive view of the night sky (19th) – find out more about it and how to spot it here. (scroll down to bottom of the page)
(8th,13th,26th,22nd, 27th) these types of small instructions are not to be underestimated. Sensory observations in nature are the sum of their parts. They gradually build up to a wholesome connection to nature. Small observations regularly will pay off more than you may think.
I know that catching snowflakes or spotting a shooting star seem impossible but its important to have a sense of play and fantasy. Keep the imagination alive in a young developing brain, who knows anything is possible.
wildlife watch activity sheets
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