To help children better understand nature and to be more observant in it, we made a nature treasure map. This map doesn’t have to depict objects accurately. It does, however, have to depict every object the child sees.
Ask the child to draw a path from any point to any point. This can be done in the backyard, on a hike or anywhere where there is nature. Then, ask the child to draw and label every natural thing they see along the path.
It’s fun to see children’s nature treasure maps with huge mushrooms and tiny birds, interesting lichen and beautiful moss. Most importantly, while drawing the maps, the children learn to pay attention to things in nature. Older children can use a ruler and measure things, like grasses and flowers, and later record their measurements.