Follow this DIY and learn how to make a year-round, circular nature journals – plus tips on what to put in your nature journal, and free nature journal page printables.
How to make a circular year round nature journal for kids
I love to use a circular nature journal because there’s no start and no end, just like the cycle of the seasons. Wherever we are in the year, we can flip our nature journal to the matching section.
I also like to use binder clips, so that we can keep adding pages to our nature journal all year long.
We can include a variety of paper and card to suit our projects: if we’re painting we might use a sheet of watercolour paper; if we’re making notes about the cycle of the moon we might use a black piece of card to be our ‘sky’ and write our notes in white pen.
This makes the nature journal visually rich and interesting too look through. It gives you unlimited options of what you can include.
binder rings: hinged, circular, metal clips that you can use to hold your papers together. You can get them from Amazon.paper and card: we use white and coloured paper, card, tracing paper, watercolour paper, mount board… to suit whatever we are drawing and writing abouthole punch: to make holes in your paper and card so you can insert them onto the binder rings
To make your journal, select a piece of card or paper each time you want to make an entry in your journal. Then punch holes in the paper/ card and fix them into the journal, using the binder rings.
You can make a section for each of the four seasons, and create a title page for each one. We like to use a piece of sturdy mountboard for our title pages.
Keep filling your nature journal with more pages as you work through the year.
More nature journal resources
Nature Explorers: Forest – the interactive nature journal for children
Nature Explorers: Forest is the perfect way to add reading, writing, drawing and science to your forest adventures. This interactive nature journal will get your children reading, writing, drawing and learning as they create a unique science book about their own forest.
Every page of the Nature Explorers journal gives your children something interesting to read, draw, colour, write or make. You can use the whole book, in the given order or mix-and-match to suit you, alongside your time outdoors and know your children are developing their reading and writing fluency and their science knowledge, while still spending a childhood outdoors in the fresh air.
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