Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR Play with Me

THEME:Ponds

Read aloud go along books

 

Read aloud non fiction books

   

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Pretend play

I made some pond animal puppets, which they enjoyed playing with.

The older ones enjoyed some play time with A4 on her own!
The older ones enjoyed some play time with A4 on her own!

Trays

  • Pond play with foam shapes:
This tray activity was for use on the white board.  I cut out pond themed shapes from foam and gave A4 some water to help them stick.
This tray activity was for use on the white board. I cut out pond themed shapes from foam and gave A4 some water to help them stick.
She enjoyed making the pond up (half you can see in the back ground)
She enjoyed making the pond up (half of which you can see in the back ground)
  • Learning about the life cycle of a frog:
This tray was intended to help the littles explore what would happen to the tadpoles when 'they grew up'!
This tray was intended to help the littles explore what would happen to the tadpoles when ‘they grew up’!  I included a book, the actual tadpoles and some felt cut outs which I made showing the transition from a tadpole to a frog
L10 read the book to the girls
L10 read the book to the girls
B2 was fascinated by the tadpoles
B2 was fascinated by the tadpoles
Simple, if not an absolutely accurate portrayal of a frog!!
Simple, if not an absolutely accurate portrayal of a frog!!
  • A number fishing game:
The final tray was another homemade game, this time a magnetic fishing game.  I cut fish out of foam, wrote numbers 1 to 10 and pinned a safety pin to their mouth.  I made a fishing rod from a set of chop sticks by adding wool and a (rather large!) magnet at the end.
The final tray was another homemade game, this time a magnetic fishing game. I cut fish out of foam, wrote numbers 1 to 10 and pinned a safety-pin to their mouth. I made a fishing rod from a set of chop sticks by adding wool and a (rather large!) magnet at the end.
This tray was the biggest hit. A4 played and played. B2 didn't quite have the coordination, but adapted it so she could still play!  A4 needed to fish for each fish in order 1 to 10, which she did brilliantly!
This tray was the biggest hit. A4 played and played. B2 didn’t quite have the coordination, but adapted it so she could still play! A4 needed to fish for each fish in order 1 to 10, which she did brilliantly!

Games or group activities

  • Gathering tadpoles to raise

We took the girls down to our local pond:

The ducks were feeling very friendly on this particular day!
The ducks were feeling very friendly on this particular day!

A4 took her net down to the pond to try to capture something….anything would do:

Daddy helping her on the banks of the pond
Daddy helping her on the banks of the pond
This was a special pond specimen pot which came with our kit
This was a special pond specimen pot which came with a pond kit we own
We also owned a mini aquarium/viewing pot which we had used to grow  in when we did Creation years ago.  This is ideal for viewing the tadpoles in more depth as the glass walls are impregnated with magnifying glasses
We also owned a mini aquarium/viewing pot which we had used to grow sea monkeys in when we did Creation years ago. This is ideal for viewing the tadpoles in more depth as the glass walls are impregnated with magnifying glasses

We’ll be keeping an eye on these and releasing them back to the pond just before they become fully formed frogs!

  • Pond sensory box

We used the water beads from the little girl’s science on Monday:

Looking down on the box:  I put glass beads of all colours; some green and blue water beads; tadpoles in various stages of growth; pond weed, wood and cone; plastic animals and I cut a lily pad and lily from foam
Looking down on the box: I put glass beads of all colours; some green and blue water beads; tadpoles in various stages of growth; pond weed, wood and cone; plastic animals and I cut a lily pad and lily from foam
A4 loved it, even adding more animals!
A4 loved it, even adding more animals!

Food

  • Frogspawn (tapioca coloured slightly green).  I also melted some chocolate and put it in a frog shaped candy making mold:

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  • Pond Punch – blueberry ice cream, made with frozen blueberries, whizzed up with natural yogurt and sprinkled with blue sugar:
A4 with her 'pond punch
A4 with her ‘pond punch
  • fruit fish, made from an apple, banana and raisins:
A fish made from apple and banana and some raisins
A fish made from apple and banana and some raisins

Pond muffin tin meal

Our pond muffin tin meal consists of fish fingers, duck shaped fried potato, pea plankton, carrot fish, lemonade dyed blue for pond water and chocolate pudding as the muddy banks!
Our pond muffin tin meal consists of fish fingers, duck shaped fried potato, pea plankton, carrot fish, lemonade dyed blue for pond water and chocolate pudding as the muddy banks!  This was one of their favourite muffin tins

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DVD’s and YouTube videos and any other learning bits and pieces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMBGd9FL9_A

Printables

http://homeschoolcreations.com/pondpreschoolpack.html

http://www.2teachingmommies.com/search/label/Ponds

http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/PondLife.html

More inspiration

http://delightfullearning.blogspot.co.uk/2010/09/play-with-me-pond-life.html

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18 comments

  1. What a wonderful pond unit!
    I love the puppets and the foam activity!! What a neat idea. Your snacks and muffin tin are all great.
    We had a few tadpoles a few years ago and they were such fun to watch. We ended up letting the frogs go after a couple of weeks, which was a very sad day. Hoping to do it again someday. Right now we are (well I am) anxiously awaiting our caterpillars to go with our Butterfly unit. The children don’t know I ordered them. I love surprising them.
    Just stopped by from MTM, didn’t expect to see so many great ideas. So cool.

  2. I’ve really been enjoying your B4FIAR posts. Keep ’em coming! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful things you do.

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