Garden Journal for Children (Free Download)
Written by Noreen Greimann
You see, in our house, we LOVE journals.
Fairy journals. Sketch journals. Flower journals. Leaf journals. You name it.So, when spring was knocking on the door, I thought “We should make garden journals this year.”
Both of my children have their own plot in our garden and are free to plant whatever their heart desires. Adding a journal to our gardening adventures seemed only natural.
How to Make a Garden Journal
Making journals can be as easy and low key or as extravagant as you like. My recommendation is to start simple. You can always get more creative with future journals. I find that if I don’t keep it simple, I end up putting it off and it doesn’t always get done.
To get you and your child off to a quick and successful start, I’m sharing the cover design I drew for our journals with you as well as one page template. My gardening gift to you!
- Garden Journal Cover Page and Page Template (Download below the instructions)
- card stock
- crayons, markers or colored pencils
- stapler or hole punch
- Download and print the garden journal cover onto card stock. Print the page template onto regular copy paper or use plain pages. Add a piece of card stock for the back cover.
- Hole punch the papers and tie together with string or ribbon or use in a binder. You can also staple the pages together to create the journal.
- Now your child can decorate the cover with crayons, markers or colored pencils.
- Your garden journal is ready for its first entry.
The possibilities are endless and it really depends on your child’s age and interests. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Write down the names of the flowers and vegetables we plant.
- Record the weather. Was it sunny? Did it rain?
- Note when you water the garden and weed it.
- Make up stories about the earthworms, beetles, butterflies, fairies and gnomes that live in the garden.
- Record what you harvest.
- Draw pictures of the seeds, sprouts, plants, flowers, vegetables or even the whole garden.
- Sketch trellis designs for climbers like beans and peas.
- Draw the insects and birds you discover in the garden.
Cut, Glue and Tape
- Cut out and glue in pictures from seed catalogs.
- Tape in empty seed packets.
- Add photographs of the plants and your children in the garden