At the edge of our property is a small pond. We love walking down to the edge to look at the scenery and observe the natural changes that occur throughout the seasons. We are very lucky to be able to explore this beautiful location and learn all we can about nature. Inspecting pond water is a simple nature activity that preschoolers will love!
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I haven’t posted a science activity in a really long time, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean we aren’t exploring science here. We are always exploring something found in nature. Lately, we’ve been exploring activities found in Nature in a Nutshell for Kids by Jean Potter. This wonderful book is full of hands-on activities to do in every season. This past week we finally got around to inspecting pond water.
Inspecting Pond Water
Last week on a gorgeous day we took a walk to the pond down the road. We are so lucky to live near such a beautiful pond. It’s a great place to explore with kids! Usually we just walk down and throw in some rocks, but this week we brought a jug with us and filled it with some pond water.
When we got home we set up our pond water exploration table. To do this activity you’ll need a small glass bowl, a magnifying glass and maybe a microscope.
Pour some pond water into the small glass bowl and let your children inspect it with a magnifying glass. Look for any living or nonliving insects, and take a look at what plant life you can find in the pond water.
After some time the sediment in the pond water will settle on the bottom of the bowl.
Use a microscope to get a closer look at the pond water. You might even find some microscopic organisms!
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