This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Denise Fleming. We enjoy so many of her books, especially the ones related to nature. We decided to read In the Small, Small Pond and create a simple pond small world to reenact parts of the story.
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In the Small, Small Pond is a Caldecott Honor Book about living things you might find in a freshwater pond. It’s a great introduction to pond life for young kids. It’s also a great tool for talking about action words.
After reading In the Small, Small Pond a few times together, we went through our collection of Safari Ltd Toob creatures. We found as many animals as we could from the story.
Later I set up a very simple small world sensory play activity outdoors for my girls to enjoy. I gathered a blue pie plate we have and filled it with water. Then I set it outside near some tall grasses in our yard. In and around the pond, I added a few small pebbles and the animals we collected.
The girls loved coming outside to see this little change to our outdoor play space. Tinker was especially excited to play.
She spent a lot of time naming the animals and playing pretend with them that first day.
The small pond has been sitting out for a couple of weeks now, and all of the kids go back to visit it regularly to make up new stories and adventures.
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