Thursday, June 2, 2011

Once Upon A Book ~ In the Pond



In the Pond by Anna Milbourne

Book Summary:  Have you ever wondered what you can find in a pond? This cute story follows the wriggly tadpole as it grows up and discovers all the fun animals found in the pond. It’s kind of a short story, but worked well for the Teeny Tot who has a short attention span!

Bible Verse: Genesis 1:20-23

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”  So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Duck Mosaic: I recently received the Picture Perfect game from Educational Insights. It’s a great mosaic tile game for younger children. It comes with 16 picture cards, and one just happened to be a duck! We also did the fish and a few others as it was a favorite. A little tough for the Teeny Tot, but I would tell her to find a yellow tile and then when she did I helped her place it in the correct spot.

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Math: We did frog counting from my Teeny Tot Pond Activity Pack. Her big sister helped her count the frogs 1,2,3 then find the right number to put on the board.


Movement Activity: Frog Hop, this was easy but so much fun! We had all the kids hop around like they were frogs. Even the older one’s got involved, apparently frog hopping never goes out of style!  We also pretended to be little chicks hatching from eggs. Curl up into balls then tap one of the kiddos, once they feel the tap they can start to ‘hatch’ from their egg. Once they’re out, they get to tap the next egg!


Duck Coloring: The Do-A-Dot markers are one of my Teeny Tot’s favorite things, so of course I had to give her a coloring page to use with them!


Duck Color Puzzles: The Teeny Tot got some more help from her big sister for this game. Together they put the matching colored ducks on the color word grid. She did great!


Scissor Skills: Well finally I did it. I gave her a pair of scissors and let her have at it. She loved it! Cut some, ripped some, cut some, ripped some…


Paper Plate Duck:


~ Yellow and orange construction paper

~ yellow paint


~ 1 paper plate.

Directions: Click here for step by step directions to the paper plate duck craft!

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(Photo courtesy of Delightful Learning)

Video: We watched this cute video of a Duck Pond from National Geographic. It starts with the baby chicks hatching which my kids loved!

Shapes and Color Matching: A friend gave us the  Lucky Ducks Game awhile back and the kids love it! Unfortunately it’s really loud and annoying, but like I said, they love it! It’s like a memory game that they play. The ducks move around the game board quacking and you have to pick up one, look at the bottom, then try to find another one with the same color and shape as the one you picked up. The Teeny Tot didn’t quite get the goal, but she did have fun looking at the ducks, we would just say the color and shape on the bottom of each one she picked up.


Click here to download the Pond Activity Pack



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Carisa said...

Oh Erica, I love it!  Now I don't have to make Pond stuff for Ladybug when we get to our pond week!!!!  Thank you!!!

Jennifer Hilsinger Altman said...

cute unit!  Usborne Book are the best, I have a ton from that series, but somehow either we never got the IN THE POND one...will have to add it to my Usborne wish list ;)  

Shaelyne said...

Hi, the pond activity pack can not be printed, it comes up that it has been deleted.. Can we still get it? We were just able to get the book....

Jolanthe said...

Shaelyne ~

You can find one Pond pack here:

Erica's pack is here {she moved her website}: