When my kids were little they loved science projects. My daughter especially loved science projects that involved animals. She loved learning about them and observing them. She used to collect caterpillars in a jar and feed them every summer.
I wish I had thought of raising tadpoles with her.
Raising tadpoles is a fun project that parents and kids can do together at home. It doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment and children can learn all about amphibians, what they eat, how they start life, and how they grow. Your kids will be thrilled to see them grow into frogs and then release them into the wild.
The things you’ll need:
- tadpoles (obviously – you can get them at pet stores or even bait shops sometimes)
- a tank
- fresh water
- rocks and sand
- a chart
- a notebook
The tank should sit in a shady spot. Tadpoles don’t like to get too warm. Make sure to feed your tadpoles daily. They can eat tadpole pellets from the food store or you can give them homemade tadpole food. Watch them daily and observe what they do.
Make sure to integrate other activities like reading, videos, and discussion. The more activities you implement into the project, the more value your kids will get from it.