More Pond Activities

We finally finished up our habitat books at school on Thursday.  Now I just have to put them all together.  The kids worked so hard on them and they look great.  Our last habitat we talked about was ponds.  Here is a page from our book.


  • The kids painted a small cupcake liner green for the turtles shell.  Then they glued it to the cut out turtle pattern.
  • They ripped green paper to look like cattails and added a small brown pom pom.



We read the book IN the Small, Small Pond and then sang the song 5 Green and Speckled frogs and I borrowed this great prop from my friend.  Thanks Riane!   The kids loved it and played with it throughout the day.




I found this great Frog grid game and the kids asked to play it over and over again.  I printed off two copies and had small frog counters.  Each student took turns rolling the die and adding that many frogs to their lily pads.   The first one to fill up their board won.

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Green Wilma

Emily has had to stay home from school the past two days.  She was sad to miss because she knew they were talking about frogs and turtles so I decided to do the same craft that she missed (I teach another 3’s class).

We started by hunting frogs (or toads) in our backyard.  We found two small ones that she and her sister created habitats for. They named them Weenie and Butterfoot.  Then we read the book Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold.  It is such a fun, silly book that is great for rhyming.  I told Emily we should make our own Green Wilma although after I said that I realized I was out of green paint.  So it became a color mixing project too.

  • Emily mixed the colors blue and yellow.  She was so excited to watch them turn to green.


  • Then she painted the back of a paper plate green.


  •  She glued big white eyes and then drew the pupils, nose and mouth with black marker.


  •  Finally, she curled a red piece of paper around a pen to make the tongue.


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Feather Painting

My girls love bird books.  They love to go to the nonfiction section at the library and pick out the kind that identify the different types of birds, you know the books that are like thousands of pages long.  I love that they enjoy these types of books but I also try to get them to check out the kind I can actually read to them.  I found a cute one simply called “Birds”.


As we read it we came to a page that talked about how the sky would look if birds painted with their tail feathers.  So we decided to try and recreate that page by painting with feathers.


I had the girls water color their papers blue first.  Then they picked out what colors they wanted in their skies.  I gave them a different feather for each color, ( I’m very anal about having the colors mix) and they began creating.  They loved it and asked to do more.




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Every month in our 3’s class we do an artist of the month.  We teach the kids a little bit about the artist and then try to copy one of their works of art.  In April we put on an art show for the parents to come and see all that their kids have created.  This month we are doing Claude Monet’s (my favorite) Sunflowers.  I wanted to try it at home first with my 6 year old to see how it would look.

 Monet - Sunflowers

We took a white piece of paper and had her use a sponge brush to paint it.  Then she used a roller to paint a red half circle on the bottom.  I cut a sponge into a rectangle to make the vase and a circle for the middle of the flowers.  Then she used the other side of the rectangle sponge to paint the petals.  We only had room for two flowers because the red half circle was too big.  I now know to encourage my kids to make it smaller.



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Painting with a Twist

 I have to admit that this is an old post but it was so much fun I thought I would share it again!

Ashlyn was getting kind of bored with “regular” painting so the other day we tried something a little different.  We painted a beautiful picture using straws.  It was so much fun!

I got 3 different straws and put them in the color paint she wanted.  Then she blew through the straw and blew the paint onto the paper.  She really got into it and tried to mix the colors to make new colors.  Then we folded her paper in half and I had her press on both sides to mix the paint together even more.  It looked great when we opened it up and it was a neat beginning lesson on symmetry too.

Here is the finished product that now hangs on our refrigerator.


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