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Frog Pond Sensory Table

Updated on November 30, 2013

A Frog Pond for Play Based Learning

Children love to play in the water and creating a frog pond may be the most exciting type of sensory table your child will encounter. When my children were little we used to take a walk down to the frog pond nearly every day. We found frogs, tadpoles and frog eggs as the seasons progressed. We brought home frog eggs and watched them hatch and then took them back to the pond to develop into frogs. While this is still possible, now you can expand this type of learning even more by recreating the amphibian's environment right in your own home.

With a frog pond sensory table your children can reenact observations made while studying frogs found down to the pond. If you notice that eggs have been laid in clumps on the edge of the pool, the children might come home to try to create a realistic looking egg mass. After much experimentation we discovered that Black Tapioca Pearl have a close resemblance to the look and feel of frog eggs. We cook the tapioca and put it in the water on one end of the pool for the kids to pretend to explore an egg mass.

When I first encountered sensory tables they were just large plastic tubs. Later on, people started adding legs. Now some sensory tables come with different elevations. What a genius idea that is. Now you can put water in the lower elevation for the frog eggs and tadpoles with a place for the frogs to climb out on at higher elevations. It makes your sensory table more realistic.

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Photo Credit: Frog Pond Sensory Table - by emmacraig1 - Used under creative commons
Photo Credit: Frog Pond Sensory Table - by emmacraig1 - Used under creative commons

This animation of the life cycle of the frog is designed for toddlers and preschoolers. There are no words, just adorable sounds that keep a young child's interest. It is a great accompaniment to the frog pond sensory table and encourages young children to use their knowledge as they play.

Populate your Frog Pond

Eggs, Tadpoles, Froglets and Adults

  1. Set up your sensory table
  2. Give your child a sprinkler to add water to the upper section. This represents rain falling from the clouds. Notice how the water always runs downhill. It will form a pond in the bottom section.
  3. Add some plastic aquarium grass.
  4. Add some water colored flat marbles or sea glass to make the water look more like a pond. If you have a variety of colors, your children might choose to sort the stones by color into various sections of the pond. The brown ones might represent the mud, the green ones the grass and the blue ones the water.
  5. Give your children adult frogs to hop around in the top section. Once they hop down to the pond, add some eggs. You could use the eggs from the Life Cycle Stages set below or add cooked large bead tapioca for a more authentic look and feel.
  6. Now pretend that the eggs are hatching. Add some tadpoles. Be sure that there is some aquarium grass available for the tadpoles to eat.
  7. After the tadpoles have eaten, add some froglets. These are tadpoles with tails that are beginning to look more like frogs.
  8. Finally the froglets turn into frogs and the life cycle is complete.
  9. Later on you might add some predators such as snakes, ducks, fish etc. to your pond to demonstrate why there are so many eggs and so few frogs survive.

Insect Lore Frog Life Cycle Stages
Insect Lore Frog Life Cycle Stages

Teach children about the life cycle of the frog with these tadpoles, froglets, and frogs. Purchase several sets for your frog pond.


Comments about the Frog Pond Habitat

What do you think your children could learn from playing with a water table?

Please join in on the conversation and tell us about your experiences creating a such open-ended activities to expand on your children's understanding of the frog pond habitat. Have you noticed your children using information they have learned elsewhere to roll-play the life cycle of the frog?

Would you encourage others to purchase a sensory table for their own children? Would you recommend that other families set up similar play stations for their own children after reading this article?


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      Jennifer P Tanabe 4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      That's really cool! What a wonderful way for children to learn about the life cycle of frogs.