Peek in a pond for tadpoles

  1. Peek in a pond for tadpoles

Have you ever seen a baby frog? Many offspring look and act like their parents, but tadpoles (the “baby” stage of life for a frog) are quite different from their parents. If you peek in a pond in late spring and throughout the summer, you may think you are seeing small fish. Come back in a few weeks and you will notice these “fish” have grown legs! Take a look and see if you can tell the difference between fish and tadpoles. Go back to your observation spot over time and see if you can catch tadpoles in their awesome transformation to becoming frogs!

Internet links to help you:

From egg to frog in 7 weeks. Growth and development of frogs, fascinating video for all ages

Tadpoles: Where it all begins (Parents and children)

Explore animations of a variety of life cycles. (Interactive game component)

Books

From Tadpole to Frog (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Wendy Pfeffer and Holly Keller

Tadpoles to Frogs (It’s Fun to Learn about Baby Animals by Bobbie Kalman

Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni (Classic whimsical tale of a fish and a frog’s world view as they grow)