Free Nature Explorer Guide for PK1 Kids

Nature Explorer Guide for preschool kindergarten and 1st grade students

 

Introduce your youngest learners to studying the great outdoors with this free 12 page Nature Explorer Guide.

The guide includes activities to help your little one begin exploring nature on a level that’s just right for preschool, kindergarten and first grade students.

 

 

The printables back includes a 12 page guide, certificate of completion, and badge.

The printables back includes a 12 page guide, certificate of completion, and badge.

Also included is a printable certificate of completion and a NATURE EXPLORER badge they can earn by completing 3 of the 6 badge sections of the guide.

You can laminate the badges and clip on using a paper clip.

You can laminate the badges and clip on using a paper clip.

 

Personalize a Certificate of Completion

Personalize a Certificate of Completion

 

Your little ones will have fun using their guides on a real nature walk.

Your little ones will have fun using their guides on a real nature walk.

Recently I wrote about Putting The Heart Back Into Homeschooling and told you about how I just went through a time of regrouping and reflection regarding my approach to homeschooling. One of the values I realized was important to me and had been neglecting was a love and study of nature.

Encourage quiet listening and drawing about things your child observes in nature.

Encourage quiet listening and drawing about things your child observes in nature.

 

Students collect interesting objects for further study or art projects.

Students collect interesting objects for further study or art projects.

So without realizing it, I’ve begun a series of printable packs addressing items on my list of homeschool values that I want to incorporate more into our lives. Last week I created a Curiosity Driven Report Writing pack to facilitate report writing for my young kids. This week, studying nature was on my heart so I created this Nature Explorer Guide to help walk my little ones through the process of learning through exploring nature.

Of all the materials I’ve created, this is one of my absolute favorite lesson packs yet.

We invited some friends to come over and go on a nature hike to try it out. We had such a great time. There are many activities to choose from in the guide – completing half of them earns your child the Nature Explorer badge and certificate.

Your little one will feel proud of their accomplishments!

Your little one will feel proud of their accomplishments!

 

I sincerely hope that you enjoy this guide. I would love to hear your constructive feedback!

Light tables have scientific uses as well!

Light tables have scientific uses as well!

 

We found another use for our light table! We placed our creek water sample on the light table and inspected it with a magnifying glass. Don’t have a light table? Make your own DIY Light Table!

 

DIY Light Table

Click the image to learn how to make your own light table at home.

 

 

12 page nature explorer guide for preschool kindergarten and first grade

 

Guide Preparation Instructions: If your printer has a double sided printing option, select the 2 sided printing version and print as-is with the double sided printing option chosen. If you do not have this setting but want the double sided folded guide, print even pages, then flip the paper and reinsert it and print the odd pages, according to how your printer works. If you don’t want to mess with printing on both sides, download the single sided version then print, cut & staple. 

By | 2017-03-08T23:03:37+00:00 November 1st, 2015|Free Printable, Science|34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. Michelle Shorts November 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Great nature study! My girls loved doing this. The badges and certificate were wonderful rewards.

    • pk1admin November 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      So glad you liked it! We had so much fun 🙂

  2. Alison November 2, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it with my kids!

    • pk1admin November 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 I hope you do try it, let me know how your family liked it!

  3. Branson November 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    We are HUGE fans of nature study, and I absolutely adore this resource! New favorite for sure!
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  4. Candace November 5, 2015 at 7:02 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful resource! Nature is so incredibly important for all of us and kids just don’t get enough of it these days. I would have loved your guide when my kids were little. I’ll definitely have to pass this along to some of my friends who have kids in this age range.
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  5. Miranda November 5, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

    What a great resource! Thanks for sharing.
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    • pk1admin November 10, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

      So glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Kerry November 5, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

    This is a great idea! Anything to get kids outside and exploring nature more. I am so grateful my kids get that opportunity since so many just don’t have time or access to the great outdoors!

    • pk1admin November 10, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Yes definitely – I always feel like I need to be more responsible and get my kids outdoors more!

  7. Jenn Roberts November 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Oh this is way too cute! Thank you for sharing this and linking up on my blog!
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    • pk1admin November 10, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, and for hosting a great linkup 🙂

  8. Catherine November 6, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    LOVE this! We have just been planning a hike to do next week in our homeschool. This will help keep the kids on track and enjoying more than just what’s at the top. Thanks so much for making this! It is printing out as I type this. 🙂
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    • pk1admin November 10, 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

      You seriously made my day! I spent hours and hours on this and while we fully enjoyed it, it’s such an amazing feeling to think of other families benefiting from my work. Come back and let me know how it went!! 🙂

  9. Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom November 7, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

    This is adorable! My kinders always loved stuff like this. Such a great way to make learning fun! If you felt like it, I would love to have you come and link up at my Friday Frivolity blog party! It runs through this weekend. 🙂
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  10. Kim November 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    My son would have so much fun with this guide. He loves exploring nature. Thanks for linking up at Made for Kids!
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    • pk1admin November 10, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

      I hope you’ll pass it along if you hear of any kiddos who would benefit. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  11. Eva/ Kid Minds November 10, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    We love exploring nature. In fact, we were just in a forest yesterday with our nature tools and notebooks. You put together a nice guide. Sharing
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    • pk1admin November 10, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

      Thanks so much – it’s definitely something we’re working on doing more of. Do you use any nature tools or resources other than what I listed in the guide? I’m always curious about what other families use! 🙂

  12. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom November 10, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Oh wow! Is this ever fabulous! I love all the items to really encourage that exploration of nature!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo
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    • pk1admin November 11, 2015 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Oh thank you so much and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  14. Bethany November 12, 2015 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Wow, what a great nature guide! I love how much thought you put into this, my kids would especially love the badges! They love to get out and explore anyway, but this looks like a great way to increase their curiosity! Thanks for sharing!
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  21. pat March 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I am a retired teacher and conducting Nature Experience field trips for the district Kindergarten students at our school forest. I was planning to run the Nature Explore Guides off and use this great resource with the families. Is this ok? What a wonderful website!

    Thanks for letting me know. I am sure my friends who homeschool are familiar with this website, if not, I will certainly make them aware.

    Sincerely,

    Pat

    • pk1admin March 18, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Pat – Thank you so much for your consideration! It makes me so happy that you like this enough to print for your whole group 🙂 Absolutely you can use them for the group. As long as you don’t sell or host online you’re good. Thanks again, and I hope you all have a wonderful nature hike! 🙂

  22. pat March 19, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. We will enjoy!

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