A pond is a “small body of still water” that lots of animals call home. Frogs, which are amphibians, live in and around a pond. They live the first part of their lives underwater. When they change into adults, they are able to live on land, but they still like the water. Frogs breathe through their skin, which is designed to let water in and out. The frog has a sticky tongue that he shoots out to capture insects, minnows, earthworms, and spiders. Frogs hibernate, or sleep, in the mud in the bottom of the pond during winter.
Help your child explore the life of frogs by playing fun frog science games. Another fun idea is to cut lily pads from green foam and scatter around the floor. Have one child pretend to be the owl in the poem below, the other child will pretend to be the frog. If you have more than two kids, have more than one frog.
The frog will sit on a brown pillow or something that represents a log. When the owl (standing on a chair to represent being up in a tree) begins to screech, the frog will jump into the pond and hop from lily pad to lily pad trying to get away from the owl.
A Little Green Frog
There once was a little green frog, frog, frog,
Who sat in the woods on a log, log, log.
A screech owl sitting in a tree, tree, tree,
Came after the frog with a scree, scree, scree.
When the frog heard the owl in a flash, flash, flash,
He jumped in the pond with a splash, splash, splash!
For more fun, your children can practice jumping like a frog from lily pad to lily pad sticking out their sticky tongue as they try to catch a tasty treat. You can call out math facts and when they answer correctly, they get to jump to another lily pad. There are all sorts of fun activities you can do with this idea.