Today we created a small world pond scene for our tadpole and frog figures. We live in a first and second floor maisonette and water dripping through the ceiling doesn’t exactly promote a good relationship with your neighbours, so I put down two plastic painting mats and two towels on top to keep the carpet dry. The frog pond started off in a washing up bowl inside a large seed tray to catch the inevitable splashes.
This was very much a spur of the moment idea and created in about 5 minutes flat while the children were eating their snack. I used some leftover aquarium gravel, some pebbles from our loose parts, and some lilypad shapes cut out of craft foam. I also provided a couple of fish nets, a mini tin bucket and some measuring spoons.
Aaron soon decided that it would be much better in the bigger container and poured all the water into the large tray.
They scooped and poured, fished and splashed. They made up little storylines about the tadpoles and frogs. It was oh so much fun!
The children want to play with it again, so next time I will add some blue and green glass pebbles (I completely forgot to use them today). Bigger lilypads and some plastic plants would be a great addition!