By the Pond

If you’ve already had fun in the garden, perhaps it’s time for some ponding?

Last year we introduced you to the educational (and thoroughly lovely) DVD and flashcard set, In the Garden. The designers behind In the Garden, Sonia Orchard and Martine Corompt, have recently released the next nature installment, By the Pond.

Like the garden DVD, By the Pond is a musical animation about the animals and plants that live in and around an Australian pond. Some of the animals included are commonly found, such as ducks, tadpoles and frogs, while spotting others such as the platypus, would constitute a very special pond visit indeed.

The DVD is accompanied by eighteen flashcards that include information, activities and questions about each plant and animal, designed to encourage parents (or teachers) to provide a commentary to the animation.

As with In the Garden, the beauty of the pond DVD is the realistic representation of what an Australian waterway looks like. From the mosquitoes and a discarded bottle at the bottom of a pond to reeds, wading birds and the fallen logs that provide valuable habitat for water creatures, the DVD shows the intricacies of pond (or creek) life.

The By the Pond DVD and card set is $35. It’s available online at Life for Beginners or at selected stores nationally.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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