Nature Study: Discovering Nature Up Close

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Discovering Nature Up Close

Taking a closer look at nature reveals surprising details that you wouldn’t know are there. My youngest explorer took the magnifying glass outside on a fall day with his nature journal, looking for things to examine. We talked about how things look different with and without the magnifying glass. He found a tiny feather and a piece of a goldenrod plant to study and draw.

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He began to study the tiny flowers on the plant, and suddenly said, “Mommy, there’s lava coming out of the flowers!”

Upon closer inspection, tiny little bugs were revealed–six in all, that we couldn’t see without the magnifying glass. My son thought they looked like lava bubbling out of the flowers, and he was fascinated that he couldn’t see them at all just by looking at the plant with his “naked” eye.

Discovering Nature Up Close @mylearningtable.com

“I need to draw these,” he said. “And later, I want to look them up in the bug book.”

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A seemingly simple thing, but this activity is teaching attention to detail, research, data collection, hand/eye coordination, observation, a joy for learning, AND an appreciation for all things weird and wonderful!

We are reading about ants and learning about their nests in Ant Cities.

And, The Tiny Book is a wonderful introduction to all the amazing tiny things we can observe in nature.

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Comments (7)

  1. Linda

    I love how one things leads to another when we give them the opportunity.
    “…all things weird and wonderful!” YES!

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  2. Meagan

    This is awesome! I love how educational this is and how it got him excited about learning. I’ll have to share with our parents and students. I love how great it is for hand-eye coordination too.

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Thanks for sharing, Meagan! 🙂

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  3. Lori Hill-Smith

    What fun! I loved doing things like this when I was a little girl and when my kids were young. Now I love doing it with my grandkids!

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Your grandkids are always going to remember the time you are spending with them enjoying nature. My mom got my kids in the garden early, and they have inherited her love of all things outside. Thanks for coming by, Lori!

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  4. Annette

    Such a great idea, my son will love this!

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    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      I’m happy to hear that, Annette. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply

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