A week or two ago while out on a field trip my kids spotted some frog eggs in a pond. My daughter has been dying to watch frogs grow ever since last year when we studied various animal/insect life cycles. Since these were in someone's garden pond we asked permission to take a few eggs home. I understand it is against the law in England to remove frog eggs from a natural pond but okay if the eggs are in a garden pond. I haven't looked this up to see if it is true just going by what I have been told:)
We have about 20 eggs and put them in a small container and took them home.
After only a few days we notices the eggs were changing shapes and wiggling about. I went in panic mode because I didn't think they would hatch quite this quickly and I wasn't prepared.
Off to our local pond to get pond water and pond weed to make a tadpole habitat.
Also went looking for some big rocks that we could use for our habitat
I used a glass bowl and we added pond weed, stones and pond water as directed by our resources and added the eggs and began to watch them grow.
Every day we noticed changes in the eggs and watched them hatch out of the eggs and become tiny little tadpoles.
After only a few days look how big they are getting and the children noticed that teeny tiny legs are starting to develop, which brought to my attention that this bowl wasn't going to work much longer:(
Luckily Princess had been reading one of her wild life magazine and spotted this article
So on Daddy's day off we got the supplies needed and began to build a small bucket pond in our back yard.
Princess and Daddy got to work on digging a hole that would fit our bucket.
Next we lined the hole with sand and evened it out
Add the bucket ours was a 14 liter garden bucket.
Add stones and brick to the bucket for the frogs to rest on. We made several adjustment to these stones but this is the only picture I took of it.
Add rain water or pond water to the bucket.
Add sand and soil around the sides of the bucket.
Here is our tiny frog habitat in the garden. I just need to buy some Elodea pond weed to add to it and it is finished. It was super easy to do and Princess is so excited to soon be having some full grown frogs in the back yard.
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