Today’s Activities

You can do any of these tasks, in any order (but we've suggested a timetable).
Take as long as your little ones want for each task, let them use their imaginations! 

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Pond Life Day

My name is Sarah and I am an animal lady. I work for Animal-Tastic and visit schools, nurseries and care homes, teaching people about animals.

 

Today I am going to teach you about pond life. We will be exploring my pond, learning about a toad and making our very own fishing game and aquarium.

9.30am Activity:
Blaine the Toad

Today we are going to look at animal life under the water. I would like you all to meet Blaine, he is a cane toad from Australia.

Grown Ups:
Talk about what you have learnt about Blaine together with your child. Find out about toads and draw a picture of Blaine. Remember to include his markings on his back so that he blends into his background.

10.30am Activity:
Pond Life

In this activity, I will show you the pond in my garden and talk about the different creatures that live under water. I wonder if we will see the fish that live in there?
 

Grown Ups:
Talk to your child about ponds and lakes near to your home.Talk about the type of animals we might find in ponds. If you live near a pond can you go and visit together? Talk about always being safe near water and staying with your grown up. This activity teaches children about pond life and habitats.

1:30pm Activity:
Make a Fishing Game

Make a fishing game together with your grown up.

Grown Ups:
This is a lovely activity to play together with your child. You can design and make your fish together using bright colours and patterns. This game supports children’s hand and eye coordination and encourages their learning through play. You could also put numbers on the fish to help with the children’s number recognition. At the end count how many fish you have caught. Have fun!

2:30pm Activity:
Make an Aquarium

In this activity we are going to make our own aquarium. You will need a box, paper, card, a pencil, felts/crayons, string, glue, and some scissors.

Grown Ups:
Encourage your child to look at different types of fish, big or small and how they move. Explain that fish in tanks need certain things to help them stay healthy and the responsibility of owning a pet fish. 

 

Help your child with the cutting out and invite them to make and decorate their very own tank. This encourages children to use their imaginations and creativity. It develops children’s language and communication linked to pond life. It develops their expressive art and design and knowledge and understanding of water creatures.

If you've finished these and still have time for fun...

Why not try to make an underwater sea version of your aquarium. You could make an octopus, dolphins or a crab. Be as creative as you like!

Story time:
The Soggy Little Bee by Simon Henderson
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