Week 7: Puddles
Why do puddles form?
Learn: The Water Cycle for Younger Kids
Learn: The Water Cycle for Older Kids
Backyard Activity: Puddle Exploration
For this week’s activity, you’ll need to keep an eye on the skies and run outside to find puddles right after a heavy rainstorm. Use your net to catch any creatures that might be in them and use the magnifying glass in this week’s kit to look closely at the creatures, plants, and rocks in and around them. Use your new Pond Life guide to identify what you find. Sit a little ways away and watch what happens around the puddle. Draw or write about what you find in your field journal!
Here are some things to explore:
- What lives in the puddle? If a puddle takes a long time to evaporate, you might find mosquito larvae, worms, or even tadpoles in it!
- Do any animals visit the puddle? Birds may bath in it or look for worms in it. Small mammals might drink water from it.
- What do you see deep in the middle of the puddle? What do you see on the surface? Sometimes bugs, powdery pollen, or leaves and petals will float there.
- Can you see your reflection in the puddle? What happens when you swish the water around?
Backyard Activity: Track a Puddle’s Evaporation
Another fun activity that takes a little longer is measuring a puddle as it evaporates. There is a great tutorial at Kidminds.org for this activity! In your packet this week, I’ve included yarn to use to outline a puddle as it evaporates and a ruler to measure depth!