Nature Curriculum: Spring Pond Study

It’s the second week in March and spring pond season has begun! Following our nature curriculum, this week’s theme is spring pond study and in particular the study of frogspawn.

Since we didn’t have any frogspawn of our own, we had made plans to go visit a local pond in our nearby woods. All this changed when a wonderful friend (and resident frog expert) turned up on my doorstep with a jar full of frogspawn! Neiva was absolutely delighted and so was I. We had never actually seen frogspawn up this close before and I was just as excited as Neiva. Thank you John, you really made spring pond study come to life for Neiva…. and me (more on this later).

Our reading book of the week was another book recommendation from our nature curriculum, Frog and Toad Are Friends. From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other – just as best friends should be. It is beautiful tale of life and friendship and the perfect accompaniment to our spring pond theme. I have a video of Neiva reading this book to her “babies” the frogspawn. I know its a video I’ll treasure.

For her bedtime read, we are reading Wind In The Willows which was one of my favourite books as a child. She has also requested The Tale of Jeremy Fisher on more than one occasion. To complete our studies, the art of the week was Spring Morning by John Henry Twachtman. To cover our number work, spelling and pencil control, Twinkl has some amazing frog themed worksheets which made the task a little more exciting for Neiva. We also had a visual printout of the lifecycle of a frog on our whiteboard in the school room.

Back to the frogspawn. After we had calmed down from our initial shock and excitement of actually having our very own frogspawn, I quickly ordered a small terrapin box and Duck Weed from Amazon (great for same day and next day delivery). The plan was to grow the frogspawn like this so Neiva could have a perfect view of their development. Once they become froglets we were going to release them back to the pond from which they came. However, we may find a spot in the garden for them to live since Neiva has become quite attached to them.

It is becoming a bit of a tradition to end the week with a sweet treat and this week was no exception. A little bit healthier than our chocolate birds nests from last week, we made Apple Frogs. They were quite a hit, especially with you guys over on Instagram. So just for you, below is a free printable recipe on how we made them.

We will keep you updated on the progress of the frogspawn so do follow us over on Instagram. We do have another very exciting theme next week too. I really hope the weather holds up for it.

Apple Frogs

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6
Author: www.nisforneiva.co.uk

Ingredients

  • 6 Green Apples
  • 1 packet Edible Eyes
  • 1 punnet Strawberries sliced
  • 1 punnet Green Grapes halved
  • 1 tbsp Icing Sugar
  • splash Milk

Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife turn the apple on its side and carefully make a slit ending halfway through the apple. Then make an identical slit just above, this time cutting at an angle down towards the first slit. (This should ensure the piece of apple detaches itself and forms the frog's mouth)
  • For the eye holes, again carefully make a small incision with a sharp knife, cutting out a small triangle shape large enough for the edible eye to sit in. Repeat for the other eye
  • Place the sliced strawberry in the frogs mouth for the tongue. 
  • Insert the edible eyes into the eye holes
  • For the legs, firstly make a small sugar paste using icing sugar and milk. Mix together with a fork until smooth. The mixture should have the consistency of thick glue. On the sliced side of grape add the mixture and "glue" the grape to the sides of the apple 

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