|Let’s Create: A Garden Journal|
(All ages, 10 minutes)
If you have participated in a Children’s Garden class before, you'll remember making garden journals. We use these journals to plan our dream gardens, take field notes during pollinator walks, collect recipes, and glue in nature crafts. Let’s create a garden journal that you can use throughout this time at home.
One medium-large cereal box (or other piece of cardboard), 5–7 sheets of paper, 1 stretchy rubber band, scissors, and decoration materials (glitter, markers, glue, paint, old magazines for collaging).
Grab a cereal box from the recycling bin. Disassemble the box and cut out just the front or back panel. Fold the cardboard panel in half, with the matte-brown side facing outward. Fold your paper in half as well. Slide the folded paper into the cardboard cover. Cut a notch at the top and bottom of the center fold. Now find the center of the book and open it up to the middle page. Slide the rubber band around the spine of the book to hold the pages in place.
Decorate the cover of your journal however you like. Use your journal throughout the spring, and if you run out of pages, you can continually add drawings, nature observations, and crafts, sliding them in through the rubber band at the center fold.