We spent Easter weekend at a cabin in White Pines Forest State Park, where we knew there would be some good hiking. I grew up going on these kind of small trips and I love to continue the tradition with our kids. And they really just love being outdoors. Before we left for the trip I made each of the kids (except Lola) a Field Guide. I thought it would be like a nature scavenger hunt. It says, "Exploring White Pines Forest State Park, what will we find from dawn to dark?"
The animal watercolors are from a set of cards I bought from Susan Windsor. Aren't they great? I really wanted the animals to look realistic, and the guides are just for our personal use. I did find some clip art animals that could have worked as well.
I included the genus and species of each animal, plus what they eat, what their babies are called, and a little space to circle whether we saw that animal or not. I drew the tracks myself. Not perfect, but they worked.
I taped little pencils to the back to they could make notes in the book. I forgot to take a photo of the last page- it was blank with a "my notes" header. This came in handy because we saw a lot that wasn't in the book- like a woodpecker, mushrooms, etc.
A lot of times I make things for Max and he likes it at first, but never really uses it. The kids really got into these though! I wish I would have gotten a picture of Owen's after the hike. He was really making some notes! The twine strap was a great add on so the kids didn't have to carry them.