We love nature study, but sometimes planning it seems to take the joy out of spontaneous interests in the out-of-doors. Although my boys love a good show from the hawks out back or a new bird that shows up, they can balk at a scheduled time to go sit and draw what they see in nature.

So I gave up!

What happened next was quite interesting. I made sure the bird books and binoculars were in close range to the back door, and I filled a nature tote with paper, colored pencils and crayons. I kept it on an open shelf that was easy to spot.

A few days later I was working down in our garage and Grant came to me and said he had decided to draw the lake. He was going to set up his studio down there and if I needed him, that is where he would be. Ok, Sounded good to me.

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