This week for the storybook summer, we’re heading to the woods and getting out and about reading marvellous books and bringing them alive for the kids. Today we welcome Helen from Witty Hoots to join us sharing Nature Adventures [affiliate link] by Mick Manning and Brita Granström. So over to Helen.
We are thrilled to be joining in with the Story Book Summer with Rainy Day Mum. We love being outdoors, especially when the weather is nice. As we begin to start out summer holidays it seemed like an ideal time to learn more about the world around us. We are keen to get out and about and see what we can find in our forests, parks and woodlands. What we really needed was a good book to help us recognize things that we would find when we were out and about.
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We chose to read Nature Adventures [affiliate link] by Mick Manning and Brita Granström for a number of reasons:
- Great Illustrations
- Very informative without looking too much like a textbook
- Easy to read and it appealed to all ages
- Youngsters like the illustrations and older kids liked reading the facts
- Each chapter deals with a different country or coastal environment
After reading the book, we decided to go on a nature walk and collect some things to make a nature table and diary with.
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Collecting for a Nature Table
We collected different items on our nature walk and could not wait to get back home. Setting up a nature table was quite easy. We set up our nature table in our garden but could easily move it indoors if we wanted to. Some of our collection was quite big and was displayed on its own. Smaller items were placed in some clear, plastic containers.
Some of the things we added:
- Some feathers
- Small stones or rocks
We carefully wrote out some labels with some basic details such as where and when we found them. After some long discussions over what could be added to a group, we sorted our finds into different categories. After we had labelled our nature collection we decided to keep a nature diary from all the things we collect during the summer holidays!
Keeping a Nature Diary
We used a notebook for our nature diary and began to take it with us when we went out for walks in the woods and to the park. It was easy to collect small things such as leaves and flowers and secure them in the nature diary.
For larger things, we took photographs and printed them at home. We then stuck them into our nature diary and noted the date and where the photograph had been taken.
It was also a great idea to do nature rubbings of bark and other surfaces. We took a piece of paper and placed it on the rough surface. We then took a crayon or pencil and rubbed it over the surface to reveal the pattern underneath. This was also added to our nature diary.
Finally, we drew drawings and painted pictures in our diary and labelled them with the date and where we had been. This works really well if you are observing insects or animals on your nature walk.
Starting a nature table and diary is easy and lots of great fun. It is also interesting to continue throughout the year and record the changing of the seasons as well. We cannot wait to add some Autumn leaves and some spring flowers too.
We hope that you will enjoy some nature walks this summer and combine reading a good book, like Nature Adventure, with some interesting activities and collections. Why not put your nature walk digital photographs onto an SD card and pop it into a digital frame? You can then revisit your walks in the countryside all year round!
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Helen is a former primary school teacher and art historian. She writes for Witty Hoots which is a family-focused blog and has a passion for reading. Her children love playing and learning at the same time and she encourages this all the time!