Preschool Pond Theme Blocks Activity

Teach little kids about pond life and explore dramatic play with this Preschool Pond Theme Blocks Activity! It’s quick & easy using supplies that you probably already have around the house. Check it out!

collage of preschool pond activity images with text: Block Pond Small World Dramatic PlayWe wrapped up Pond Plants week and just had to share this adorable Preschool Pond Theme Blocks Activity. This dramatic play investigation station was a huge hit with my toddler daughter who spent a substantial amount of time making her very own pond using everyday items.

toddler exploring play silk and small rocks
Bog plants are usually found at the water’s edge in shallow water. Their roots grow underwater and their foliage emerges. Bog plants get nutrients from the soil and do not rely on pond water. Cattails are good examples of bog plants. 

toddler holding small rock in the air
The topic was Bog Plants and of course we learned about cattails in addition to our Block Pond STEAM Investigation Station. If you’re interested in doing the same with your toddlers and preschoolers, then definitely keep reading.

toddler choosing a toy from a basket
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

toddler reaching for small frog toy
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.

toddler putting block on table
Block Pond STEAM Investigation Station

Set Up

  • Set out blocks, sticks, ribbons and rocks.
  • Invite children to use the materials to build a pond filled with plants.

toddler holding duck toy
Big Questions

  • What colors or shapes might you see on a pond?
  • How do you think cattails might feel?
  • What would you do with a cattail?
  • When have you visited a pond?

toddler's block pond using play silk, pond toys, building blocks, and small rocks
I was no doubt impressed with baby girl’s pond. And yep! I totally gave my one year old rocks in the house. Thankfully she refrained from banging them on the hardwood floor in the studio. Lol…

toddler pulling ribbon from basket
In one basket, I put the blocks and the ribbons and in another I added frogs and ducks. The Playsilk* is the little guy’s, but any small fabric scrap or even an old t-shirt would work as well.

Our Teacher Guide from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) is full of amazing ideas that encourage creative thinking, fine motor, and even problem-solving skills for both my toddler and my kindergartner.

toddler's block pond pretend play
First baby girl worked independently to build her pond and then the little guy jumped in too.

toddler building block pond
I always enjoy watching them build together. They’re both extremely creative and the little guy is so patient and such a wonderful teacher.

toddler making pond from blocks
We’ve been home for the last few weeks because of everything that’s going on around us and this preschool curriculum has been such an important part of our days. I don’t know what we would do without it.

block pond made from play silk, ribbons, blocks, toys, and rocks.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our pond theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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Block Pond STEAM Station