Tot-School Ponds

Tot-School Ponds

T had fun learning about the pond with lots of science projects, snacks, art projects, books, sorting, games, and make believe.  He learned about many types of pond animals which is fun for him because on our walking route we pass by the neighbors pond.

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 FalwellPond Study (36)_edited-1

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 ducksPond Study (10)_edited-1 Pond Study (11)_edited-1

Pond Tot-TubsPond Study (46)_edited-1

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.Pond Study (23)_edited-1

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.Pond Study (35)_edited-1 Pond Study (34)_edited-1

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.Pond Study (39)_edited-1Pond Study (38)_edited-1

Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Duck Links

I put T’s Duck Links in this tub.  I had him link up the matched colors.Pond Study (29)_edited-1

Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Pond Pattern Blocks

I found these Pond Animals Patterns for our Pattern BlocksPond Study (31)_edited-1 Pond Study (30)_edited-1

Frog Headband

T made the Frog Headband on page 175 of his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts Book. Pond Study (50)_edited-1Pond Study (51)_edited-1Goldfish

T painted the Fish on page 109 in his A Beka Nursery Arts & Crafts Book.Pond Study (49)_edited-1

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.Pond Study (57)_edited-1
  4. Color the animals and cut them out.Pond Study (56)_edited-1
  5. Fold the bottom part of the animals and glue the flap to the pond.Pond Study (58)_edited-1 Pond Study (60)_edited-1

Frogs in the Pond

T put frog stickers onto blue paper that I had cut out in the shape of a pond.Pond Study (33)_edited-1 Pond Study (32)_edited-1

Turtle Snack

  • 1 granny smith apple
  • A few green grapes
  • 2 chocolate sprinkles


  1. Slice the apple into thin slices horizontally.Pond Study (13)_edited-1
  2. Take two green grapes and slice then thinly, horizontally.Pond Study (14)_edited-1
  3. Place some sliced grapes on top of the apple for the turtle’s shell.Pond Study (15)_edited-1
  4. Take another grape and slice into quarters. Arrange these quarters around the turtle for the legs.Pond Study (16)_edited-1 Pond Study (17)_edited-1
  5. Take another grape and slice a thin slice off the bottom. From this thin slice, slice a small triangle for the tail.Pond Study (18)_edited-1
  6. Place tail on the turtle. Take the remainder of the grape and use it as the turtle’s head.
  7. Take the two chocolate sprinkles and stick them in the grape head for the eyes.Pond Study (19)_edited-1 Pond Study (20)_edited-1

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 Study (26)_edited-1 Pond Study (24)_edited-1

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 Study (27)_edited-1Pond Animal Charades
SnakePond Study (41)_edited-1

FrogPond Study (42)_edited-1

DuckPond Study (43)_edited-1

DragonflyPond Study (44)_edited-1

Play Dough Snakes
I showed T how to roll the play dough to make snakes.Pond Study (47)_edited-1

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.Pond Study (48)_edited-1

Plant & Animal Pond Sort

I found this Plant & Animal Pond Sort 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.Pond Study (53)_edited-1

Paper Plate Duck


  • Paper Plate
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Yellow Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yellow & Orange Construction Paper


  1. Paint the paper plate.Pond Study (61)_edited-1
  2. Trace 2 hand prints on yellow paper and cut them out.Pond Study (62)_edited-1
  3. Cut out an orange beak and orange feet.Pond Study (63)_edited-1
  4. Fold the paper plate in half and glue on the hand prints for the tail.Pond Study (64)_edited-1
  5. Glue on a circle head, the beak, feet and googly eyes.Pond Study (65)_edited-1 Pond Study (66)_edited-1

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.Pond Study (67)_edited-1

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.  Pond Study (68)_edited-1

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.Pond Study (54)_edited-1Pond Study (55)_edited-1

Dragonfly Magnets


  • Craft Sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter Glue
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Magnet Strips
  • Tape
  • Googly Eyes


  1. Paint the craft stick and add glitter glue to make the designs.Pond Study (70)_edited-1 Pond Study (71)_edited-1
  2. 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.Pond Study (79)_edited-1
  3. Glue the tape part of the 2 sets of wings to the front portion of the craft stick.Pond Study (80)_edited-1
  4. Glue on the googly eyes to the top of the craft stick.Pond Study (81)_edited-1
  5. Add the magnet strip to the back of the dragonfly.Pond Study (82)_edited-1 Pond Study (84)_edited-1

Do-A-Dot Animals

I found this Do-A-Dot Frog and Do-A-Dot Turtle for T to work on.Pond Study (59)_edited-1

Paper Bowl Turtle


  • Dry Split Pea Beans
  • Paper Bowl
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Green Paint
  • Green Foam Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors


  1. Paint the bottom of the paper bowl green. Let dry completely.Pond Study (72)_edited-1
  2. 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.Pond Study (73)_edited-1
  3. Turn bowl right side up again and shake lightly to remove excess beans.Pond Study (74)_edited-1
  4. Cut out 4 claws, a head, and a tail for the turtle from green foam paper.Pond Study (75)_edited-1
  5. Glue on the foam pieces.Pond Study (76)_edited-1
  6. Add 2 peas for the turtle’s eyes.Pond Study (83)_edited-1

Feed the Ducks

We visited the pond nearby to feed the ducks.  My boys love going to feed the ducks.Pond Study (1)_edited-1 Pond Study (2)_edited-1 Pond Study (6)_edited-1

We saw a huge goldfish in the middle of the pond.Pond Study (7)_edited-1

T got hungry and started eating the bread.Pond Study (9)_edited-1


  1. I am amazed by your extensive story extensions! Wow! What a delightful collection of creative ideas for little ones. Happy to see two of my books included. Thank you!

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