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