Pond Theme

See also Frog, Turtle, and Duck Themes


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Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Color Turtles

Cut turtle shapes out of light green construction paper. Give each child a turtle shape and help the child use crayons to draw one dot of red, black, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, white and orange on the turtles back. Then recite the poem and have the children point to each color on the turtles back as you name it.

I can name these colors,
All so very bright,
Red, yellow, blue, purple,
Green, brown and white.
Don't forget the color orange
And the the color black,
These are the colors of
The dots upon my turtles's back.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts

Paper Plate Frog

Paint the underside of a paper plate green. When dry, fold in half. Cut 4 frog legs from fun foam. Place 2 of the legs to the side of the folded plate and staple closed. Glue the other 2 legs to the underside at the back for the rear legs.

Theme Ideas

Turtle Fun

Find a round, smooth rock. Draw a turtle shape, larger than the rock, on a piece of heavy poster board or cardboard. Cut out the turtle shape, cover it with green paint, and let it dry. Glue the rock to the turtle shape. Then paint the rock with green paint. Add details to the back of the turtle and head with black paint.

Then they can use their little turtles to act out this poem:

Little Turtle

Little turtle in your shell,
Slowly you do go.
Slowly creeping, slowly crawling,
Slow is nice, you know!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pretending To Be Frogs

* Lily Pads

Cut out lily pad shapes from large white construction paper. Have the children paint them green, and after they dry write each childs name on them. Laminate them or cover with clear contact so you can use them for the activities below.

* Lily Pad Jump

Set out the lily pads on the floor. Have the children hop from one lily pad to another.

* Lily Pad Musical Chairs

Set out the lily pads on the floor in a circle. Have the children walk around the circle of lily pads. When the music stops have the children race to their favorite lily pad. Every child should have a lily pad to stand on.

* Lily Pad Circle Time

Set out the Lily Pads on the floor in a circle. Have each child sit on his/her own lily pad for circle time.

* Lily Pad Placemat

Make lily pads for placemats. Use instructions above.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

In The Kitchen

Ducky Treats

prepared cupcakes
yellow food coloring
yellow frosting
few chocolate chips
few candy corns

Prepare cupcakes ahead of time to use for the duck's head. For the duck's face, have the children help to add a few drops of yellow food coloring to coconut and set aside. Spread each cupcake with yellow frosting. Sprinkle with yellow coconut (if some children prefer not to have the coconut, that's fine). Have the kids add two chocolate chips for eyes and a candy corn for the beak. Yum!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Pond Life Theme - PreKinders
Reptiles and Pond Life - Preschool Education
Preschool Pond Life Theme - Preschool Plan It
Pond Theme Activities - Pre-K Pages
The Pond Theme - Nuttin' But Preschool
Pond - KidsSoup

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