16 Pond Animals Preschool Trays!

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Since day one of this blog, I knew there were certain things I couldn’t spent a whole lot of time on. Exhibit A: Photos. While I don’t want BAD photos, I just can’t take the time to do much better than I do now. Generally I am taking them in the morning before I catch the bus to work. But, in an attempt to make things a little more user-friendly, I am going to try to take pictures on this (old) wooden table we have. So there is my little disclaimer regarding my change of scenery.

In our recent animal theme I referenced that we would be doing a “series” of sorts of different kinds of creatures, and our first is a set of Pond Animals! So please enjoy our 16 Pond Animals Preschool Trays!

Starred* items below are courtesy of the cute Pond Preschool Pack by Homeschool Creations — thank you! I likely wouldn’t have thought to do this theme without seeing that pack available on Pinterest! :)

16 Pond Animals Preschool Trays!

  1. Pond Animals Sensory Bin
  2. Pond Sticker Scene
  3. LeapFrog Dry Erase Book
  4. Pond 3-Part Cards*
  5. Pond Coloring Page
  6. Lilypad Math
  7. Paper Bag Puppet
  8. Frog Life Cycle
  9. Pond Animal Word Puzzles
  10. Plip-Plop Pond! Book
  11. Dragonfly & Turtle Play Dough Tray
  12. Turtle Stacking*
  13. Pond Animal Word Tracing*
  14. Turtle Cutting Practice*
  15. Pond and Duck Tracing*
  16. Pond Story*

Pond Animals Sensory Bin

  • Decided to go big with this week’s sensory bin!
  • I filled one corner with sand, and the rest of the bin with rocks
  • A medium sized Rubbermaid container served as the “pond”
  • Added some artificial leaves, flowers, and moss
  • For animals, I put in some little bugs, plus some bath tub squirters!

Pond Sticker Scene

  • I printed out a real “pond” image in color on a big piece of paper. I had no idea what to do with it…
  • Looking through stickers I found a sheet of bears fishing along with dragonflies and other creatures
  • Put the stickers on the pond scene!

LeapFrog Dry Erase Book

  • This was from the dollar area of Target, I believe. A cute LeapFrog book is perfect for this week.

Pond 3-Part Cards*

  • We always love 3-part cards! These are from Homeschool Creations’ pond pack.
  • Printed these in color, trimmed and put them in a takeout container. I gave him a few at a time!

Pond Coloring Page

Lilypad Math

  • This is a math worksheet from Education.com – cute!
  • I decided to turn any subtraction problems into addition with a Sharpie. I had never given him a sheet of this many math problems before!

Paper Bag Puppet

  • Love this! This frog puppet is from Squish Preschool Ideas – thanks!
  • I printed the page as is on a nice shade of green paper
  • I gave him that sheet, a white paper bag, plus scissors and glue to make a coooool puppet!

Frog Life Cycle

  • This is the froggie fold-up book from Life Over Cs — thank you!
  • I printed the page as is for a tracing, cutting and ordering activity.

Pond Animal Word Puzzles

Plip-Plop Pond! Book

  • This is a The Indestructibles: Plip-Plop Pond! book — from the super-cool books for babies (especially) that can hold up to the elements!
  • This book is normally near the bathtub but it was a cute thing to have this week.

Dragonfly & Turtle Play Dough Tray

Turtle Stacking*

  • Such a cute activity from the Materials from the pond pack!
  • The turtles were printed in color (see below) but the stacking page and numbers sheet are black and white
  • Gave him the pre-cut frogs, scissors, glue, simple homemade die (only has numbers 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 4).
  • Roll! “Stack” and if you want, cut and glue the numbers! We left this a bit open-ended for him.

Pond Animal Word Tracing*

  • This great sheet of words from the Homeschool Creations pack was worth printing in color and fun for E to trace!

Turtle Cutting Practice*

  • Pardon me for going out of order here! I gave him the sheet of turtles used in the stacking activity above as its own activity earlier in the week.

Pond and Duck Tracing*

  • E has been so into letters lately, so these P (Pond) and D (Duck) sheets from the preschool pond pack fit the… bill (haha)

Pond Story*

  • My favorite things about Homeschool Creations‘ printables are these cute story pages!! We printed both sheets as is.

It was good to do a more specific theme centered around animals. Looking forward to doing some more this summer!

Linked up over at the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup hosted by Homeschool Creations and the Learn and Play Link-Up!

Cool Pond Animals Preschool Books

Pond Animal Preschool Theme!

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