Pond Dipping

Go out pond dipping to figure out what types of creatures live in the water! Take a close look to see what insects live in the water and think about why they are important to the environment. Make sure to watch for ducks, geese, and other aquatic wildlife like snails and frogs too!

Supplies

  • Jars or cups (i.e. mason jars)
  • Tupperware container
  • Spoon
  • Net
  • Magnifying glass
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Make sure to wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet!

EALT's Nature Kit for Kids

Encourage kids to spend time outdoors with this specially designed nature kit! The kit includes: wildlife & plant identification guides, a large notebook, kid-sized binoculars, bug jar, pond net, and magnifying glass to help your young nature enthusiast learn about the living things around them.

Instructions

  1. Find a pond near your house.
  2. Use a jar to scoop up some water and use a net to gather up some aquatic plants or insects. Pour the water and put the plants and insects into the Tupperware container. 
    • Note: Make sure that the child is standing sideways towards the pond, with their feet planted. For small children, get them to lay down.
  3. Make observations about what you see in the Tupperware container. Can you identify any of the plants or insects? Write down your observations in a notebook.

Ask Yourself

  • How do you think the insects survive in the water?
  • Why are the insects important to have in the pond?
  • What do each of the insects have in common with each other? What is different?
  • Are there any other creatures in the pond? What do you think they do?