What do you SEE? A Nature-Based Lesson on Observation

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in The Seedling | 0 comments

What do you SEE?

The Art of Observation & Nature-Based Activities


Are you so busy that you forget to slow down and observe the magic happening in Nature every day? Do you ever wonder what is happening to the smallest creatures in your Outdoor Classroom? I got thinking about this when my son pondered and questioned, “I wonder what the small animals are thinking ?” The following day, I found a few beautiful and unexpected friends in my Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab. I quickly learned there is an art to an observation that can inspire endless amounts of Nature-Based Activities.


Pausing and observing Nature can take your breath away. The magic that a small spider can create is not only artistic, it is also mathematical. What an incredible Engineer! Check out the symmetrical shapes.  How many shapes can you find? How could spider webs inspire a writing prompt? What are these little spiders thinking about? Did you know the life span of spiders is 2-3 years? What could their story be? If the title of your next book was, “A Memoir of a Spider,” what would it be?


How many ladybugs do you see? Where do you think they are traveling to? How long do you think it will take them to get there? Did you know ladybugs live up to 2-3 years? What is their story? Do you think these ladybugs are friends? Brother and Sister?


There are so many opportunities to explore Nature Based Lessons simply through the art of observation. Through observation, I found myself noticing the little things in Nature that I often miss. I was delighted to witness the intricate lives of these little creatures. Making Nature-Based Curriculum connections is essential.

Try these:

  • Literacy outdoors with simple writing prompts
  • Math Outdoors with symmetry of spider webs
  • Art Inspired by the outdoors with observation.

Now I want to hear from you. Can you find a spider web in your Outdoor Classroom? How did you use the Art of Observation to create a Nature-Based Activity? Go on a nature walk and see how observation can inspire learning.





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