With this activity, children can use storytelling to get creative in the backyard.

What you need

  • Digital camera, phone or tablet and some guidance of how to use them wisely.
  • Depending on their age, children may be able to do this activity unsupervised. Set a time limit and clear guidelines for screen use.

What to do

  1. Take a range of photos outside. Be creative and look through new eyes.
  2. Think about the story you want to tell.
  3. Narrate or write a story to accompany the images. This can be digital, oral, visual or written depending on your interests and available equipment.
  4. Put your stories in a nature journal.

Get help identifying species

Get help from scientists and fellow nature observers to identify the plants and animals in your photos by uploading them to iNaturalist, Seek and/or NZ Bird Atlas.

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