October's Wonderful Natural World - Free Journal Printable
As I mentioned last month, to celebrate the release of my third picture book, A Year With Mama Earth, I’m creating a nature journal inspired by Rebecca Green’s illustrations and the book’s lyrical text.
Find October’s printable nature journal pages below!
October Nature Journal
October in many areas is all about leaves and colors! And it’s the perfect month to really explore nature. Temperatures are still pleasant, and wildlife abounds! Where I live, animals are busy preparing for winter or soaking up a shorter day’s sun.
This month bring gallon-sized bags, three-hole punched along the long edge (leaving the opening at the top) so it can be clipped into a binder.
If you haven’t yet started My Year Nature Journal, I strongly recommend card stock for the cover and something heavier than standard copy paper for the internal pages (28lb minimum). Either three-hole-punch and place in a binder or hole punch and hold together with rings. You’ll be adding more pages each month, so be sure your binder has plenty of room! 2” should suffice.
A Walk Through October’s Lessons:
Be sure to add your Month Sticker! Download the printable file at the end of this post. I’ve included a place on every month’s first page for students to draw a self-portrait. This month you’ll focus on clothing—how do you dress for October’s weather? Or students can draw themselves in a favorite costume!
Join Chris Ignoto in this fall nature video
For Toddlers: Pumpkins from Super Simple Songs!
All About Leaves:
Along with your Nature Journal pages, you might enjoy these activities and printables.
Pop Art Leaf Prints are bright, bold, and frame-ably cool!
What do you do with all those leaves the kids collect on nature walks? Dry them, of course! Here’s a list of all the ways you can dry or preserve leaves. Who knew there were so many?
Enjoy the videos on leaves below. I learned a few things, maybe you will too!
Why do leaves change color?
A simple look at identifying leaves even toddlers will enjoy
Nature Color Wheel:
Last month we started learning about senses, and one sense we use a lot in October is sight. Sight is especially useful for seeing color. Let’s learn more about color below!
We’re looking at spiders AND color, so what’s better than combining the two? Make your own spider web color wheel.
For more learning about color, check out the videos below.
Finding colors in nature
Learn about color mixing!
Have fun studying spiders with these items below (always release insects where you found them!) (affiliate links).
Magnifying Bug Boxes!
A pop-up book!
Watch this video on Personification
So that’s it! Sit back, download, print. Then *get outside* to enjoy October while you can! On those rainy days, check out the videos above. And be sure to subscribe so you’ll be first to know when next month’s pages are available.
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To preview any of these items, visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You’ll be able to see several pages of each download.
Do you plan to get outside this fall? I’d love to see some of your finished journal pages! Please send pics to email@example.com. I may even share on IG!