Explore Pond Life through Books and Crafts

Last updated: May 10, 2024, at 12:03 p.m. PT

Originally published: May 10, 2024, at 12:03 p.m. PT

For a fun and educational way to introduce your family to the wonders of pond life, try these engaging books and corresponding creative crafts.

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner 

Dive into the world beneath the surface of a pond and discover the hidden wonders that lie below. After reading, create a 3D pond diorama using cardboard, construction paper, and toy pond creatures.

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Follow the heartwarming adventures of Frog and Toad as they explore the joys of friendship and nature. After reading, make your own Frog and Toad puppets using paper bags and art supplies.

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Experience the sights and sounds of a bustling pond ecosystem through vibrant illustrations and lyrical text. After reading, create a pond-themed sensory bin using water, rocks, and toy pond animals. 

Pond by Jim LaMarche

Join a young boy as he discovers the magic of a nearby pond and the wildlife that call it home. After reading, make a leaf boat race craft using items found in nature!

The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter 

Follow Jeremy Fisher, a well-meaning frog, as he sets out on a fishing expedition with humorous results. After reading, make a frog life cycle craft using clay or playdough with awesome play mats.

The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Join Nicky as he spends a summer exploring a pond near his grandmother's house and discovers the power of friendship and imagination. After reading, make a pond habitat diorama using a shoebox and art supplies.

In the Pond by Anna Milbourne

Take a peek into the busy world of a pond, from darting fish to floating lily pads. After reading, create a paper plate frog craft using paper plates, paint, and googly eyes.

Pond Circle by Betsy Franco 

Learn about the interconnectedness of life in and around a pond as different creatures interact and depend on each other. After reading, make a pond-themed sensory bottle using water, oil, and small plastic pond creatures.