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October 31, 2012

Tot-School Ponds

Ponds Book List
Life in a Pond by Allan Fowler
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Turtle Splash! By Cathryn Falwell
Have You Seen My Duckling? By Nancy Tafuri
Little White Duck by Joan Paley
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum
At the Pond by Dawn Sirett
Pond Circle by Betsy Franco
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade & Jon Buller
Just a Day at the Pond by Mercer Mayer
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Tiny Turtles by Wendy McLean
Pond Babies by Cathryn Falwell

Pond Sensory Tub


  • Aquarium rocks
  • Felt lillypads
  • Fish net
  • Flat glass marble rocks
  • Small Jar (for collecting pond specimens)
  • Tiny frogs, turtles, fish, dragonflies and ducks
Pond Tot-Tubs

Tot-Tub #1 (top left) Play Pond
I cut out a pond shape from blue material. I let T play with pond animal toys, rocks, twigs, and lily pads in his pond.

Tot-Tub #2 (top right) Frog Sorting
I gave T a tub of flat marbles and plastic toy frogs (I found them in the party section at Wal-mart for cheaper).  He used an ice cream scoop to sort them into a green and blue bowl.  (He put the frogs in the blue bowl for the pond and he put the green flat marbles into the green bowl.

Tot-Tub #3 (middle) Feed Froggy
I used a Parmesan Cheese container for the frog. Glue 2 big green pom-poms to the top of the container, and add 2 googly eyes to the pom-poms. Add red felt to the inside of the half open side of the lid. Get some plastic toy bugs to feed to the frog.

Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Duck Links
I put T's Duck Links in this tub.  I had him link up the matched colors.

Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Pond Pattern Blocks
I found these Pond Animals Patterns for our Pattern Blocks. 

The Online Pond
We visited this Online Pond Site to learn about more pond animals.

Frog Headband
T made the Frog Headband on page 175 of his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts Book.


T painted the Fish on page 109 in his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts Book.

Paper Plate Pond
  • Paper Plate
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Blue Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pond Creatures (I just got some from google images)
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  1. Paint the paper plate blue.
  2. Cut green stripes of paper.
  3. Glue them on the outer edge of the plate.
  4. Color the animals and cut them out.
  5. Fold the bottom part of the animals and glue the flap to the pond.

Frogs in the Pond

T put frog stickers onto blue paper that I had cut out in the shape of a pond.

Turtle Snack
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • A few green grapes
  • 2 chocolate sprinkles
1. Slice the apple into thin slices horizontally.
2. Take two green grapes and slice then thinly, horizontally.
3.Place some sliced grapes on top of the apple for the turtle’s shell.
4. Take another grape and slice into quarters. Arrange these quarters around the turtle for the legs.
5. Take another grape and slice a thin slice off the bottom. From this thin slice, slice a small triangle for the tail. 
Place the tail on the turtle. Take the remainder of the grape and use it as the turtle’s head.
6. Take the two chocolate sprinkles and stick them in the grape head for the eyes.

Graphing Gold Fish
Read: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

  • Construction Paper
  • Colored Goldfish Crackers
  1. Cut fish shapes out of red, orange, yellow, and green paper.
  2. Give the child a small cup of goldfish crackers. Let them sort the crackers on the paper fish.
  3. Ask which color has the most and which has the least. Which is his favorite color?

Pond Dice
printed out 2 of the the Pond Dice from this free tot packI folded one into the dice and the other I cut out the pieces.  I had T roll the dice and then find that piece and put it in the line.

Pond Animal Charades

Play Dough Snakes
I showed T how to roll the play dough to make snakes.

Fishing for Colors
  • Construction Paper (lots of colors)
  • marker
  • scissors
  • paper clips
  • Chop stick
  • Yarn
  • Magnet
  1. Draw a fish to use as a template. Cut it out and use this to trace all the fish.
  2. Trace the fish on your construction paper. .
  3. Cut out the fish.
  4. Draw an eye and mouth on each fish.
  5. Make a fishing pole with a chop stick, some yarn and a strong magnet tied to the end.
  6. Tot will go fishing and catch the fish. When they catch the fish ask them what color it is.

Plant & Animal Sort Pond
I found this Plant & Animal Sort Pond from this free tot pack.  I showed him one card at a time and had him tell me if it was a plant or animal.  If he had trouble I asked where it's eyes were and told him that plants don't have eyes.  Then I let him put it on the correct side of the chart.

Paper Plate Duck
  • Paper Plate
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Yellow Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yellow & Orange Construction Paper
Paint the paper plate.
Trace 2 hand prints on yellow paper and cut them out.
Cut out an orange beak and orange feet.
Fold the paper plate in half and glue on the hand prints for the tail.
Glue on a circle head, the beak, feet and googly eyes.

Little Green Frogs
Little green frog, won't you
Little green frog, won't you

  1. Have the child pretend to be a little green frog crouched down in the grass.
  2. Say the rhyme and have them take a big “frog hop” every time they hear the word “hop”.
  3. When they hear the word “stop”, have them stay crouched down without moving.

Tiny Turtle
This is my turtle. (tuck thumb in fist)
He lives in a shell.
He likes his home very well.
He pokes his head out (stick thumb out like a "thumb's up")
when he wants to eat.
And he pulls it back (tuck thumb in fist again)
when he wants to sleep.    

Color the Pond
I printed out the page 1 of this Color the Pond tot pack to make T a colors review pond book.  First he colored it then I cut it out and folded it in accordian style.

Dragonfly Magnets
  • Craft Sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter Glue
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Magnet Strips
  • Tape
  • Googly Eyes
Paint the craft stick and add glitter glue to make the designs.
Cut a 3”x3” square of tissue paper and scrunch in up in the middle like wings and fold clear tape round the middle. Do the same thing with another color of tissue paper.
Glue the tape part of the 2 sets of wings to the front portion of the craft stick.
Glue on the googly eyes to the top of the craft stick.
Add the magnet strip to the back of the dragonfly.

Do-A-Dot Animals
 I found this Do-A-Dot Frog and Do-A-Dot Turtle for T to work on.

Paper Bowl Turtle
  • Dry Split Pea Beans
  • Paper Bowl
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Green Paint
  • Green Foam Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
Paint the bottom of the paper bowl green. Let dry completely.
Pour some white glue on top of the bowl and spread it out with a paintbrush. Pour out some of split pea beans onto a plate and place the plate upside down on the peas.  Press down in the middle of the bowl to make sure the peas stick well.
Turn bowl right side up again and shake lightly to remove excess beans.
Cut out 4 claws, a head, and a tail for the turtle from green foam paper.
Glue on the foam pieces.
Add 2 peas for the turtle's eyes.

Feed the Ducks
We visited the pond nearby to feed the ducks.  My boys love going to feed the ducks.
We saw a huge goldfish in the middle of the pond.
T got hungry and started eating the bread.