Observations come from using your senses, including seeing, touching, hearing, smelling and tasting. Tasting should only be done, if it is safe—food. And don’t smell really strong chemicals, like ammonia. You could actually burn the inside of your nose. Many things that we observe don’t make much sound, so that leaves most observations coming from sight and touch. Find something at home that you can observe and a piece of paper and pencil to record your observations, if you want to use them later to write a story. You could use a stuffed animal, a toy car or even a coffee mug. Your adult can help with the writing, if necessary. Common sight observations include things like size (use a ruler or compare to something—longer or shorter or the same length as a stapler), shape, color, parts, patterns and movement. Write down everything you see about your object. Touch observations include describing the texture, hardness, temperature, weight (use a scale or compare to something—more or less heavy than a stapler) and wetness. Write down everything you can feel by touching your object. Check out Raven Hill’s website (www.MiRavenHill.org) for a more complete list of observations. Some observations are based on change. For example, ask yourself questions like: Is it flexible? What happens is you press on it? What happens if you tap it gently? If you hold it up to the light, can you see through it? Once you have written all your observations, use those observations to write a story about your object. Your observations will help you write a great story. We would love it, if you would share your observations and story with us. Email [email protected] Or use Checkers, Raven Hill’s corn snake, for a subject. Checkers is always a favorite subject for observation.