SORT 'EM OUT!
Empty whatever you find into the pan or containers. Here's how to see them better:
Fill an ice-cube tray or plastic egg carton with clear water. Next, transfer the creatures from the collecting containers to the tray. An eyedropper or paintbrush works well to pick them up, one at a time. Put each kind of creature in a separate section of the tray. Now see if you've captured something that:
- has no legs
- has six legs
- has claws
- has a shell
- has a tail
- is red
- is green
- swims sideways
- swims upside down
- stays on the bottom of the tray
- stays at the top of the water
Note: Check a pond life guide book to find the names of what you've caught. Then be sure to let everything go. Gently lower the containers to the water and let the creatures swim or float out.
- Tell an adult where you're going.
- Take a buddy along.
- Stay near the water's edge unless an adult is watching out for you.
- Watch your step! There could be deep spots, slippery rocks, or thick muck.
Activity by Luise Woelflein; Art by Jack Desrocher