Nature Hike Notebook
Today's Snack: What's a good snack to bring on a hike? Trail mix, of
course. One popular recipe calls for a cup of Chex mix, a handful of raisins, a
handful of peanuts and a handful of chocolate chips or M&M's.
One piece of 8 ½" x 11" cardstock
Several sheets of two-sided,
Straight twig, about 8" or less
Hot glue gun
Each child can make a notebook like this to take
along on a nature hike and record observations and thoughts.
Lay down a piece of colorful 8½" x
11" sturdy cardstock, horizontally. Top with several sheets of two-sided
horizontally-lined paper, or other lightweight plain paper. The colored
cardstock will make the "cover" and the lined paper will make the inside pages
of our notebook. Make a neat book-fold.
Here's how we're going to make the
binding of our book:
Holding it closed, with the fold toward you, go one-third
of the way down from the top along the fold, and with scissors, cut a hole into
the fold that's about an eighth-inch wide. Go two-thirds of the way down the
fold, and cut another hole.
Stick a rubber band through the two
holes so that one end sticks out of the top hole, and the other end sticks out
of the bottom.
Now thread a twig through both
rubber bands on the outside of the book so that they secure the twig in place
as the "spine" of the book.
On the inside back cover, hot-glue
the bottom side only of a zip-lock bag, so that the bag mostly hangs free and
the zip still zips. Inside this pouch, students can put treasures such as small
leaves, twigs, berries and moss.
The child can draw a picture for the
front cover, with the title "My Nature Hike Notebook," and his or her name. Or
it's fun to collect small items such as leaves, moss and feathers, and make a
collage with glue for the cover, after you're back.
As a child goes on a nature hike, he or she might
carry a pencil along, and sit down and write impressions and observations in
the notebook on the spot - things you didn't know before, animals or plants you
saw, sights and sounds that were memorable. It's always helpful to draw a
picture to illustrate your notes, too.
Or just sit the child down as soon as the hike is
over, to get that nature appreciation captured on paper to re-read and enjoy