With the creation of the insect habitats fresh in their minds, several of the bug hunting brigade decided that making a habitat for frogs and tadpoles would attract more green frogs to preschool. They decided to build a pond.
As I said yesterday, if you ever need anything done quickly grab a team of interested and motivated preschoolers. These guys carried, dragged and carted logs, planks and rocks for the pond from here:
and arranged them neatly around the puddle. They formed a plan and with great co-operation and negotiation and arranging of materials achieved their goal. Where there was once a puddle there is now a pond:
The next day they were disappointed to discover that all the water had seeped away:
The next step was to add the water:
And then some mud:
And finally to monitor the water level throughout the day:
Meanwhile we took a walk down the path to the Primary School to look at their pond for inspiration:
They scooped out some green slimy stuff floating on the water to take back to our pond. (I will have to hunt out our pond life books so that we can find out what the green slimy floaty stuff is!)
Once the green slimy stuff was transported safely to our own pond:
the children decided to add a bridge like the one at primary, albeit on a much smaller scale:
Now all that is left to do is to look through some books to find out more about ponds, and settle in to wait for the frogs to take up residence.
This is what I love about an emergent curriculum. By allowing children loads of time for free play and providing an environment rich in materials we can be spontaneous and follow through on the children's interests - and the children can effect change on their own play space.
At the beginning of the day I had no idea we would be building a pond. And yet, here it is. With a whole lot of learning and discovery happening in between.
If you would to find out more about building ponds with preschoolers I have found a couple of handy links:
::: Creating a frog pond @ little eyes on nature