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Create a Nature Scrapbook

This is a great project to do at the start of the weekend or holiday time. Your kids can add to it whenever they get out to the park, or when you go on a walk after a hefty Sunday lunch! Before long, they’ll be desperate to find that elusive leaf or flower to complete their collection! 

What you need:

  • A ring-bound scrapbook of thick paper
  • Crayons
  • Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Pen
  • Camera

What to do:

  1. Fill your scrapbook with sketches of the insects you catch each night in your bug catcher.
  2. You can also record the leaves you find by placing a piece of paper over them, removing the entire wrapper from a wax crayon, and rubbing it over the paper until a perfect print of the leaf becomes visible.  You can also do the same with tree bark.
  3. Try your hand at nature photography, and see if you can snap any local wildlife in action. Local lakes have fish that will usually pose for a close-up if you take bread along with you!

Or try looking for old magazines. Cut out any pictures you see of animals, birds, trees, flowers, fish, planets, sun, moon, rivers, mountains, oceans, stones and rocks. Paste them in your own nature book, label each picture, and make categories for each kind.

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