Pond Life Books for Kids ~ with editable PDF

Pond Life Books Editable Library Checklist

Print out our book checklist and get to the library to grab some fun POND LIFE books for your kids! Want to add more books to your list? Just edit the PDF and print it out after you add in the other books you want to grab!  Want to purchase some of these great pond books? See them all here on Amazon! 

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Pond Life Books for Kids

A pond theme is fun for Tot School, Preschool, Kindergarten and beyond! Explore frogs, fish, birds, and more. Investigating pond life is a great way to teach young kids so much about science!

More POND LIFE fun…

Looking for more pond theme fun for your classroom or homeschool? Give these posts a look:

Pond Life Toys for Kids

Download your free POND BOOK CHECKLIST here!

Pond Life Books Editable Book Checklist

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Pond Life Nomenclature ~ Free 3 Part Cards

Pond Life 3 Part Cards Montessori Nomenclature Free Printables

 

We have a new addition in our Montessori Printables collection! This is an updated set of Pond Life Nomenclature cards featuring photographs. If you are planning a pond life theme, these free printables will be a great addition.

Many of you incorporate Montessori methods into your homeschooling, as I did when my kids were younger. I hope you enjoy these new free printables!

This new pond life nomenclature card set contains 18 different pond animals and plants!  Here’s a peek at the cards…

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Unfamiliar with Nomenclature cards, also called 3-Part cards? 

Nomenclature cards are a Montessori based idea. The word Nomenclature comes from the Latin “nomenclatura” which means assigning of names to things. Nomenclature cards are also called “3 part cards” for obvious reasons!

Here’s a couple of articles sharing more about the what, why, and how!

Grab some fun pond books and toys to go along with a fun unit featuring pond life!

Pond Life Books for Kids

 

Download your FREE Pond Life Nomenclature Cards here!

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More POND LIFE fun…

Free Pond Coloring Printables  Pond Life Theme

Calendar Connections PONDS AND RIVERS Pond Life Sensory Bin

See more Montessori ideas on our Pinterest board!

More Nomenclature Cards:

Backyard Birds Nomenclature Printables Farm-Cards Montessori Nomenclature Printables 3 Part Cards Bugs and CreaturesOcean Animals Montessori Printables Nomenclature 3 Part Cards Flower Nomenclature Printables Cat Breed 3 Part Cards

 



Fish is Fish Ivy Kids Kit Review

Fish is Fish ivy Kids Kit Review

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent the Fish is Fish kit for this review!

Ivy Kids (1 of 4)

This kit includes:

        • The book Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni: A sweet story about two best friends, a fish and a tadpole that are inseparable until the tadpole starts to change into a frog.  
        • Fish is Fish: Paint the flexible wooden fish then use it for pretend play or as a decoration.
        • Frog on a Lily Pad Craft: Assemble the foam pieces to create a frog on a lily pad. Then place the lily pad on some water and watch it float. 
        • Frog Life Cycle: Explore realistic figures to learn about the life cycle of a frog. Then cut out the cards on the board and sequence the difference stages of the life cycle. 
        • Clay Model of the Frog Life Cycle: After learning about the life cycle of a frog, use the clay to make models of the different stages of the life cycle: eggs, tadpole, froglet, and adult frog. After the clay has air dried paint the different clay figures.
        • Frog and Fish Pond: Create your ponds by painting the white cardboard circle with water, land, plants, rocks etc. Once the paint has dried, you can add the frog and fish figures to the pond. You can also add the clay figures you made from the “Clay Model of the Frog Life Cycle” activity.
        • Frog Life Cycle Sticker Scene: Decorate a pond with stickers to show all the different stages of the frog life cycle. The stickers include frogs, froglets, tadpoles, eggs, lily pads, and flies. The stickers are repositionable to allow for children to create different pond scenes.
        • Grow Your Own Lily Pads with Lotus Seeds: Lotuses are plants that grow in ponds. The leaf of the lotus plant floats at the top of the water and the flower rises above the water. Simply drop the seeds in the bowl and add water. Within 2 weeks, roots and sprouts will emerge. For extra fun, add a toy frog and/or fish to the bowl to create a mini pond. 
        • Frog and Fish Life Cycles: Learn fun and interesting facts about the life cycles of fish and frogs. 
        • Frog and Fish Venn Diagram: In the story, we learn that there are similarities and differences between fish and frogs. Use a Venn diagram to sort fact cards about fish and frogs. What facts to fish and frogs have in common? 
        • Imagining the World: In the story, the fish imagines what animals and people in the outside world look like. Paint a picture of what the fish imagines in its mind about the outside world, then write about your idea.
        • Letter Jump – Letters: Where will the frog land? Push down on the tail of the frog to make the frog jump on to a letter lily pad. Then identify the letter, letter sound, and/or word that begins with that letter.
        • Letter Jump – Reading: Line the cards up to form a word. Have your child move the frog from lily pad to lily pad to sound out the word. 
        • Frog vs. Fish: One player will be the fish and one player will be the frog. Players take turn rolling the dice and cover corresponding number spaces on the board. The first player to cover all 6 spaces in one of his or her rows wins the game.
        • Spots on a Frog: Roll the dice and place that number of green gems on the frog. Older players can determine whether that number of spots on a frog would be odd or even. Younger players can just play this as a simple counting game.

        Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.

        Ivy Kids (4 of 4)

Some Activities From Our Box…

This was a very fun box, filled with many activities focusing on the life cycle of a fish and a frog. My daughter loves animals so this was a perfect fit!

Ivy Kids (9 of 3)

She absolutely loved making her own model of the life cycle set that came with the kit.

Ivy Kids (2 of 3)

Stickers are a big hit with her also, so the sticker scene was fun too!

Ivy Kids (1 of 3)

Creating her own pond, was one of her favorites from this box. She is very artistic and put a lot of thought into this activity.

Ivy Kids (3 of 4)

Crafts are always enjoyed by my daughter! She loved the wooden fish included with the kit, it wiggles! The foam frog craft is adorable!

Ivy Kids (7 of 3)

Ivy Kids (2 of 4)

Her creativity popped with the writing/drawing activity. We recently got chickens, so of course her fish dreamed of being a chicken!

Ivy Kids (7 of 1)

She always enjoys the games, I think it’s the quality time aspect of them. She loves interacting and spending quality time with people she loves, so the games are perfect for this! This was a fun game, allowing her to review her basic addition facts – never too old for that!

Ivy Kids (3 of 3)

The Venn diagram was a great review of this concept!

Ivy Kids (8 of 3)

  

Not everything from this kit is pictured, she enjoyed more of it and is still enjoying some of it!

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

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20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

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A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!



Frog Unit Study and Lapbook

Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook

After our bat lapbook and our owl lapbook, she requested a frog Lapbook! She has decided she really likes making Lapbooks now!

We got our printables & ideas from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook, for those of you new – she is in 1st grade.  She put together the front and back all on her own, taping her creations onto the folder. The amphibians on the back were a random image search and a copy/paste job so I don’t have the rights to share those. I just printed images I found for her to color – it was a totally last minute thing she asked for!

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The elements in her Lapbook were not planned out well, so we had to get creative fitting them in.  Most were actually notebooking pages we used.  We got it all stuck in and she loves it, which is what counts!

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We gathered all of our toy frogs and books and went to the library for even more frog books!

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I made a mini pond out of green, blue and clear water beads and added our frogs to it.

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We didn’t follow a strict plan, just read books, watched frog videos, and did some notebooking pages and a comparing frogs and toads mini book. I followed her lead with the activities I chose.  I did not print all of our resources ahead of time, I did it day by day based on what we read and what she was interested in.  Or animal unit studies are very casual.

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She made an acorn frog with her dad.

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Making frog puppets was a BIG favorite, we spent lots of time learning through that project.

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable  Frog Books for Kids

 

See our other animal unit studies and lapbooks…

Bat Unit Study  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook



Frog Puppets with Free Frog Facts Printable

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable

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We have been studying frogs lately – my daughter’s choice. We have learned a ton and will be sharing a full post of all we used and learned very soon.  During our frog unit study we made some frog puppets which were all her idea!

She has these frogs and asked me if we could make a craft to look like them.  I quickly thought of the old frog paper bag craft and showed her a bit about how it could be done and then let her go with her ideas.  First, she painted each bag to look similar to her favorite frogs.

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After the bags dried, we worked together to give them arms, legs and a tongue.  I traced the arms and legs with her and we cut them out together  I showed her how to curl the tongue on one and she did the rest.

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She loved these puppets so much I decided to expand on her interest and throw in more learning fun.  I looked up each of the frogs she had chosen and created a simple info card for her to tape to the back of each bag.

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She was so excited to learn the real name of each frog and where it lives!

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For even more learning fun, we got out our big Little Passports map and found where each frog lives. 

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Her finished frog collection, which will probably stay displayed like this for awhile, she still loves them!

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Here’s the printable I made for her featuring her favorite 4 frogs.  I included a blank page in case you have different favorites that we didn’t include. 

Download the free frog facts printable here!

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Frog Books for Kids

See fun FROG ideas here on our Pinterest board