Museum at Home

The Backyard

We're off on an adventure today outside the museum and into the backyard. If you look really carefully, what animals will you discover? Much more than ants and butterflies we're sure!


How to make a homemade nature journal 


You will need:

  • 1 rectangular piece of cardboard box a bit bigger than A4 size
  • Elastic band
  • A4 paper
  • Pictures
  • Glue
  • Coloured pencils, paint or textas
  • Scissors
  • Adult help

What to do:

  1. Place the cardboard on a table in the landscape orientation.
  2. Measure half way along the top and bottom of the cardboard and draw a line down.
  3. ASK AN ADULT to help you ‘score’ down the line with the scissors so that the cardboard will fold in half easily.
  4. With the cardboard open, place sheets of A4 paper on top.
  5. Wrap the elastic band around the cardboard fold to hold the papers in place.
  6. Decorate the cover of your nature diary.
  7. Go outside and write or draw your observations of nature.

A quick note on nature journals

Journals or diaries are places where you record what you do and see in your daily life. Nature journals are special types of journals where you make observations about nature.

Famous naturalists who kept nature journals include Charles Darwin and John Audubon in the 1800s, and Aldo Leopold in the 1900s. Many of their famous works were based on the observations recorded in their journals. 

Get creative just like Darwin and Audubon at home and tag your work on social media #QMNetwork #museumathome