Lily Pad Life

Lily Pad Life craft

Croak! Kerplop! Bzzz! When you draw pond life on wet paper, creatures seem to come to life right before your eyes.

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    Have you ever walked by a pond and heard a couple of kerplops? When you looked in the direction of the sound, do you ever see anything but ripples? Ponds are rich wildlife habitats. You might find everything from one-celled creatures to meat-eating ones. Do insects skim across the water? Maybe a fish comes to the surface? Look for animals above and below the water.

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    Some plants float on the surface or along the edges. Did you see camouflaged reptiles sitting on them, frozen in fear? Watch for their blinking eyelids.

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    Cover your art area with recycled newspaper. To capture a pond scene, mist white paper with water from a spray bottle. Using Crayola® Washable Markers, dot and draw on the wet paper. See how your drawing looks watery!

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    Remember what you saw at the pond. Include plants that shelter or feed animals. Draw a complete habitat where each part of pond life helps and depends upon others. Air-dry flat.