Nature Journal – Free Printable

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A guided nature journal for children to document their explorations outdoors. This journal can be used by children living in any region across the world.

Each page contains prompts to help children connect with the land on a more personal level.

Along with exploring local flora and fauna, children are encouraged to make personal reflections and deepen their understanding of the natural world.

This printable is great for first-time explorers who are just starting venturing outdoors. Children will work on developing their imagination, observational skills while mastering their fine motor movements. 

Pages from the Nature Journal

Age: Preschool ages 3-6 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Biology, Forest School, Outdoor classroom, Language Art and Visual Arts.

How to Use:

Determine the size of your students’ journal. Print A4 size pages or choose ‘Multiple’ and print two pages per sheet for the smaller size journal. If you wish to take the journal outdoors, I would recommend printing two pages per sheet and using A 5 size clipboard. 

This way it will be easier to hold and carry around. Younger children may benefit from working with full-size journal pages as they will most likely feel sturdier in their hands.

So decide on the size, get a binder and print the cover. Before venturing outdoors, print pages for the child to work with.

Fill them in while you are out and about or invite the child to document his or her thoughts and discoveries upon your return. Insert completed pages into the child’s nature journal binder. 

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Nature Curriculum in Cards Ever Growing Bundle

Nature Curriculum in Cards is an ever-growing bundle with resources that cover major Botany, Zoology, and Geography subjects, plus also includes Nature-Themed Early Learning resources.

nature curriculum in cards bundle

This bundle contains 51 Nature Curriculum in Cards printables at a discounted price. Click here to see the whole list of resources included.

900+ pages in total

The Nature Curriculum in Cards series is designed to minimize the cost, and the use of materials and resources such as paper and laminating sheets. You do not have to cut out individual control cards and definition cards.

Use the pages with control cards and description cards as work mats. This allows teachers and parents to save time and effort when preparing hands-on learning activities for their students.

Each printable may contain:

– a work mat with control cards

– a work mat with description cards

– a set of picture and label cards (matching photograph or clip art cards)

– student printouts for practicing handwriting with the black and white version of the same photographs or with clip art for coloring. You get an option of choosing printouts with print, cursive tracing fonts, or blank for independent writing;

Pre-K and K students can be invited to work with a set for matching and sorting.

Primary students can use a work mat with control cards as the self-assessment sheet. Beginner readers can use it to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.

Lower Elementary Students can use a work mat with definition card

s. Invite the student to read a definition and find matching pictures and label cards. Invite them to use the first work mat with control cards for self-assessment.

Laminate and store all learning activity mats in one binder. Store the picture cards, label cards, and student printouts in a clear pocket following each work mat activity.

Attach clear velcro dots to the back of the cards for younger students or when doing activities outdoors.

Alternatively, you may decide to cut out control and description cards and store 3-part cards in a traditional Montessori way.

Please refer to an individual printable description to learn about the content of each printable.

The printable set is suitable for children aged 3-8

This is a growing bundle, meaning that the price will increase for every resource that I add. The earlier you buy, the more you get for free!

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood teacher, the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 11 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Learn more here. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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