I made a frog pond

Last year our house was getting built. There was a puddle with a million tadpoles in it near the garage. The water was black there were so many tadpoles. Then it got  hot and the puddle dried up. I was sad when I saw it. All the tadpoles died. But Frank the guy who built our house told me he scooped up a bunch of the tadpoles when he saw the water going and he put them in the spring. He saved some!

Now we live in the house. The puddle came back. This year I didn’t want any of the tadpoles to die. My mom and dad (and Erik) helped me make a frog pond.

I read about frog ponds at Save The Frogs click here and I read some books about frogs too.

First we dug out the area where the pond was going to go. Frogs like water that doesn’t move but they still need fresh water sometimes. Water for the pond comes from a drain (my dad said it is a foundation drain). The pond can’t be too deep.???????????????????????????????The water from the drain made a puddle away from it. We dug it out and put rubber in the bottom to keep the water.

??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????Then we put rocks in it.???????????????????????????????

Clyde helped.???????????????????????????????Erik covered the pipe up to make it look nice.???????????????????????????????He made it so there is a little waterfall.???????????????????????????????
If the water stops coming from the pipe in the summer we can bring water to the pond from our hose so it doesn’t get dried up. There was a frog that jumped into the pond right away!???????????????????????????????

We put mud and rocks back into the pond. We went to a stream near our house and got plants. Frogs like to hide in plants and the mud and rocks. We put the same kind of plants in the pond that are found around our house.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I got solar lights to put around the pond. I think bugs will like the lights and frogs will like the bugs! The frog seemed happy.???????????????????????????????

More frogs came. I counted seven.???????????????????????????????Then I had eggs in the pond a few days later! Now we have tadpoles!???????????????????????????????I feed the tadpoles smashed up spinach. My mom, dad and Erik surprised me with making benches out of logs to put around the pond (I was at a friend’s house). Now we can sit and watch the frogs.

frog15I’m glad we made the pond! I am going to send a picture of it to Save The Frogs! Please visit the website (here). They try to help frogs and frogs are in trouble! ???????????????????????????????

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My Latest Thrive Art Project

This is an oil pastel that I made for my mom for mother’s day. It was my next oil pastel project in my Thrive Art course.

Green is my mom’s favorite color, but I thought she would like more colors too. I didn’t want to make the water blue because I don’t think my mom’s water would be just blue. 🙂

???????????????????????????????I sent the picture to Plum Tree Books because they are making a book about mothers. Dr. Clune said my picture is going to be published in the book! You can click here to read about the book.

My mom liked the picture a lot. 🙂

Go HERE to learn more about the great Thrive Art classes I take!