Nature Study Printables Giveaway

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Nature Study Printables For Toddlers and Preschoolers - The Homeschool Scientist

Once upon a time, I worked as a naturalist. Best job ever. Each day, I got to lead children of all ages down trails in the woods and prairies and along ponds, rivers and streams. It was fun to see kids eyes open to the natural world around them.

While I could discuss decomposition or habitat adaptation with older students, I had to keep it simple for preschoolers and early elementary students. The main objective for young learners was observation. To keep the young ones focused on nature observation, we always used tools to assist them. Sometimes, we would give each child a paint chip card and each child’s job on spring and summer hikes was to find that color on our walk. Other times, we could give children pictures out of a magazine of a tree, a leaf or an animal.

Nature Observation Aids For Young Learners

 nature study printables for toddlers and preschoolers

Maureen at Spell Out Loud understands that young learners do well with observation aids. She created fabulous nature study I Spy printables as part of her Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

 nature study printables for preschoolers and toddlers

Kids can carry these I Spy cards with them on nature walks and search for whatever is printed on them. These printables are grouped into animals, garden, spring, fall and winter. They can be printed on cardstock, cut out, laminated and put on a ring to make it easy to carry and less likely to get ruined.

Searching for something in particular in nature can help children develop their observation skills and keep them focused on their walks. They are more likely to stay engaged if they are looking for a red bird than if they are simple walking around outside.

Recording Nature Observations With Preschoolers

Another great part of the Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers are the Printable Nature Booklets.

nature study printables for preschoolers and toddlers

These themed printable booklets are a perfect first science journal for young learners. They allow students to record what they observe in nature and practice their writing skills.

Observing is one part of the scientific process, but observations are of no use to scientist unless they are recorded. Giving a young learner a blank notebook with the instructions “record what you observed” is a bit too much for the age group. The Printable Nature Booklets are a great way to ease into the process.

Need Preschool Science Help?

At The Homeschool Scientist, I get lots of questions about preschool science. Should we even bother teaching science to preschoolers? Is preschool science just a big mess? In Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers, Maureen tells us that preschoolers can absolutely be taught science and she gives advice and ideas on how it can be done successfully. For instance, she gives advice on adding more preschool science into your homeschool year.

  • Incorporate observing nature and being outside in your weekly routine.
  • Set up observation centers that can be used independently.
  • Read quality literature that teaches science in the context of the story.

(Maureen, also,  has a great 10 Days of Preschool Science series on her blog, Spell Out Loud that you don’t want to miss!)

You can get more science advice from Maureen by getting the Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers download. It is only $3.99 for 68 reproducible pages. Or……


nature study printables

You can win a copy of Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers, plus……


you can win this cool ant farm! Your kids will go crazy!! And they can write about it in their new nature booklet you just won!

Fill out the rafflecopter form below and you will be entered to win! The contest ends Friday Sept 6, 2013 at midnight CST.

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  1. 1

    Leigh Ann says

    We do nature study usually once a week! I love learning about God’s creation with my little blessings!!
    Leigh Ann

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    Charlene says

    We try to explore nature at least twice a week. The kids will often go off exploring on their own when they can. My little guys would love these printables!

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    Yahiliz says

    I admit that I am bad about nature studies and really need this resource. My excuse is that it is so hot and humid in Florida…but it doesn’t seem to bother my son so I just need to do it anyway. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Heather says

    I like to talk about it when we do our walks in the neighborhood. We look for things we can “I Spy” and how they work with the world around us. I always try to talk about how God created them and how He makes them all SO special! :)

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    Since our School has a nice back Yard with lots of trees and many different plants and of course with lots of insects and small animals, we do go out for nature walks a lot. We will start next week with the topi “snails”!

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    Kristi B says

    We get outside at least once a week, try to go out more than that. I know we’ll be out more once the temperatures begin to drop around here. The kids would love these nature studies!

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    Often they are outside discovering even if that isn’t the “goal” of them going outside (sometimes its just to give me some quiet for a few minutes), but I’d love to have the nature study to help them find things they might not on their own.

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    We go outside every day and study nature. Some days we play in the rain and talk about it. Other days we go for a walk. No matter what, nature comes up every time. My boys love to ask questions so it is inevitable.

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    Risa says

    Not often enough.. too hot and humid here in S. Florida at the moment. We’ll get out more in a couple of months when it cools off a bit :)

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    Kimberly R says

    My kids go out just about everyday to play and explore the outdoors. They are always looking for bugs and little critters :)

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    Julie says

    What great ideas! Thanks. I have always wondered about good ways to make a nature study more than just a walk outside.


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