Shared Experiences: Nature Sketches

Nature Drawing
While planning learning experiences, based on my daughters’ interests, is one of my favorite pastimes, as they get older I am finding that they enjoy engaging in many of the same things that I enjoy (or have always wanted to try) as an adult. We are starting to take part in many different types of shared experiences where we are learning side by side.

I have been intrigued by the work of Jill Bliss for sometime and thought it would be fun to surprise the girls by bringing home three copies of her journal, Drawing Nature. Jill walks us through the process of beginning to see the natural world with new eyes. She offers just enough instruction to nurture successful attempts at drawing, but not so much that all of our sketches turn out exactly the same. It was really fun incorporating her signature little marks into our renditions of our backyard leaves and flowers.

It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon! I am looking forward to adding to our journals throughout the changing seasons…




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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  1. i have one of these journals and have been afraid to use it…sounds crazy, i know.  i think i’m scared of messing it up.  your post has encouraged me to get it out and engage my two girls as well.  we already love nature study!  thanks!

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