Oops! It jumped out!
This morning as usual, we placed our tadpoles in their feeding bowl and fed them the fish flakes. Suddenly, we noticed that the tadpole with four legs jumped onto the top of the bowl. The children screamed with excitement, “The tadpole jumped out of the water. It’s a frog now”. Harry asked, “It is not going to die as he is not in the water anymore?” I explained that as the tadpoles grow more legs, they start to develop lungs that enable them to breathe air outside the water. Matthew said, “The tadpoles are like fish. They stay in the water all the time”.
I explained to the children that the tadpoles have gills that help them to breathe inside the water and once the tadpoles turn into frogs, they don’t have gills any more.
What a great learning experience!