Spring is the perfect time to explore pond life. This pond sensory bin is a hands-on sensory science activity for preschoolers to learn about pond and the animals that live in it. This was simple to create and worked well for our pond life unit. Learning while playing is always fun and kids remember it more easily.
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What we used
- Water beads – (we used aqua color, looked much like green)
- Storage bin
- Pond Animals – swan, duck, goose, frog, snake, fish erasers ( add turtles)
- Acrylic leaves ( you could add lily pad made with green foam sheet)
- Plastic plants
- Plastic flowers
- Green wooden blocks
- Green plastic Easter eggs – for moss
- Cinnamon sticks – for logs
For Miss A(3.5) this was a learning activity- introduction to what is a pond and pond life. For Miss D(2) this was more of an sensory, imaginary play and learning about different animals.
I told them the waterbeads represent the water in the pond and we can find different animals and plants in the pond – animals, leaves, flowers, small plants, moss, rocks, log, etc. Kids named the animals and other items in the bin.
We also spoke about what the animals in the pond eat. A didn’t like the idea of one animal eating the other. When i told her the snakes eat the fish in the pond, she was very upset. She told me, mummy the fish will be very sad now.. ☺️(aww the innocence and sweetness).
Because we are learning about five senses, I let them smell the cinnamon stick and spoke about how we use our nose to smell – D loved the smell, A didn’t like it much.
Once done with the learning and watching a short video about pond life in YouTube they took to playing with the bin.
They sang some songs playing with the pond animals in the bin – five little speckled frogs, five little ducks went swimming one day, 12345 once i caught a fish alive. Then they filled the easter eggs with waterbeads – scoop and pour, fill and shake to hear what sound it made.
In the evening we drove to the nearby pond – although A was a little upset because there were no waterbeads in the pond 😂
The kids enjoyed learning about pond life with this sensory bin and i was really proud when A told her dad, once he was back from work about the type of life we can find in the pond. 😀