First, have each child picks a square foot area of their outdoor environment that they believe will have the most interesting things to look at. This can be anywhere from a square foot of the backyard or a square foot on the edge of a stream or lake. Each area is going to have different micro-environments and therefor, different things to look at. *Helpful hint: areas with regular access to a water source often have the most life and therefore, the most interesting viewing opportunities.
Next, have each kiddo mark out their perimeter. There are more ways than one to do this, but our favorite is using 4 posts and a string. Start by make corners for your “1 Square Foot” perimeter, you can use pencils, twigs, popsicle sticks or camping stakes. Push 4 of them into the dirt, 1 foot apart in the shape of a square. Now, run a string around the edge to clearly mark the perimeter and tie it. You can also lay down sticks or rocks to outline your perimeter, so long as it’s clear to the player.