A fun late summer time nature study activity.
*Be aware of insects that are attracted to these.
I think I remember seeing lots and lots wasps around them.
The kids' field study sheets.
You can see the obvious difference between a 10 yr old and a 17 yr old's work. I do not require the younger kids to get too detailed, unless they choose to do so. They both still had to add the Latin names, and the boy needed to add a poem to his page when I took this picture but it gives you an idea of what you should aim for. Once they had added some color to their flower and had done the other noted things, they went into their Nature Study binders. I also brought along my camera to take some nice color pictures. You could also just print a few pics and have your child glue those into their notebook page. This is a great option for children with low frustration thresholds or for those who are young/have dexterity issues.
look at that ugly bug!