|Visiting the pond in the forest with Granny.|
I love watching tadpoles develop and turn into frogs. Even as an adult it seems something of a miracle. I reckon watching those little dots inside the mass of jelly balls gradually metamorphose into tadpoles, and then into little frogs, is an amazing opportunity for kids.
My parents live on the edge of a forest and in the forest is a pond. Getting to the pond is a perfect walk for kids because it takes about 25 minutes- long enough to be a proper walk but not so far that they can't walk back again without whinging, plus the track has a hard surface so now they can bike it. We go there most years to fetch some frogspawn. There's always loads of it and it's generally in reeds just near the edge, where the water's shallow enough to paddle in without it going over the top of your wellies, (not that my two ever manage to stay in the shallows!)
|Baby tadpoles in the kitchen.|
|Where are their tails going?|
|Looking for the "ickle fwogs".|
|Nearly ready to hop it!|
We have got a little raised pond in our garden, but it's full of fish who would definitely snaffle our new babies if we put them in, so we just let them hop off into a patch of long grass. There are plenty of water sources around and lots of cool, shady places to hide, and we often find frogs lurking under stones or logs in the garden which probably started their life in a tank in our kitchen.
|Here's one we grew earlier!|
So when Spring does arrive, see if you can track down some of the globular stuff! It will give the kids some temporary, easy-to-care-for pets and will teach them about one of the most interesting life processes you can see.