We have a little STEM related activity for you to get stuck into today; a printable winter animal report, or winter nature journal for the kids, or yourselves, to use and enjoy. There are a number of different pages for them to research, and fill out. They can also use this on a walk with you to see what they can spot as well. Why not combine with our winter scavenger hunt?
How to use your winter animal report and nature journal
This printable consists of 14 pages for you to print out, and use. This is actually a resource that is suitable for both kids and adults, depending on what you would like to do with it. It can be used either as a learning resource at home or in the classroom, or as a journal for adults to use to gain knowledge too.
Suggestions for using include:
- As a research activity for kids within the library or classroom. Print out the sheets, and ask them to investigate some of winter animal suggestions using the books they have to hand. See what they can find, and also which animals they come up with,
- Ask them to fill out the sheets from their own knowledge, or research, based on the animals and plants in the top left corner – these are:
- Fir tree,
- Holly, and
- Another two trees you can decide for yourself.
- Take the book out with them on a walk, and they can fill out the information based on what they see. There is a section for where the animals and plants were spotted, but it doesn’t matter if you cannot fill this in of course.
There are illustration pages within the report / journal so that anything that is seen when out and about can be drawn if you want. Time to get more interactive perhaps?
Do you have any other ideas for how to use these sheets? If you do, let us know.
What do these animal and plant reports look like?
We start with the usual cover sheet in our reports, and then each animal report sheet has the same sections including within it:
- Name of the animal,
- Scientific name,
- Genus, and
- Date spotted,
- Descripotion and notes.
For the younger children, you may decide not to fill out everything in the left hand column above, as they won’t really understand all of the terminology. If you are using this as an adult though – fill it all out!
The information for the plant reports is the same, and finally we have three illustration pages for you to add pictures you have found, so perhaps photographs from magazines, or through Google. Alternatively, you can create your own pictures here, with the kids or yourself drawing, or creating the animals and plants. You could even attach leaves for the plants here if you wanted to do so.
To download this, just click on the button below and this is free to use:
We really hope that you like this article, and that you come back again soon. Do take a look at some of the other winter activities and ideas that we have on the site too:
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