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sparkle crafts: springtime nature journal

In the Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Spring Seeing”, Martin and Sylvia head outside in search of signs of spring. As they walk, they notice and wonder about the things they find – where did the feather come from? Is it a sign of spring? How about the mosses?

Perhaps you’d like to go searching for spring as well. Make up a little nature journal to take along and document your findings!


You Will Need

Two Pieces of Cardboard

Hole Punch

A small (6 to 8 inches) stick

Rubber Band

Journal Page Printables


What To Do

Start by printing out the Printable Journal Pages. If you want a smaller journal, as pictured here, print pages half-size, so you get two journal pages per printout.

In addition to the journal printouts, include several sheets of blank paper for your little one to add drawings, bits of nature, photos or whatever else they would like to use to document their search for spring.

Cut two pieces of cardboard slightly larger than the paper.

Punch two holes at the top of your paper and the cardboard.

Sandwich the paper between the two pieces of cardboard, lining up the holes.

String one loop of the rubber band through one set of holes from the back to the front of the journal. Place one end of the stick through the loop on the front of the journal.

Stretch the rubber band across the back of the journal, through the second set of holes and around the other end of the small stick.

Grab something to write with and head out in search of spring!

About the Author

Danielle Reiner
Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.

About the Author

Andrea Folsom
Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.

About the Martin & Sylvia Saturdays! Series

Saturdays are special days for our creative brother and sister. From enormous art projects in their own backyard to “explorers” adventures up Mooseberry mountain; from mornings of quiet building along the creek, to whole-family canning adventures in the kitchen, the children find fun and inspiration at every turn. Each story is accompanied by a craft or project inspired by the story, and a printable project page for more creative fun.