Pond dipping is a fun must do activity for kids to get close to nature. Ponds are actually fascinating for children to explore and learn about wildlife. It's a great free activity to do together as a family and easy to do to. All you need to do is find a pond and get the right equipment together. In this guide to pond dipping with kids I'll be sharing the equipment you need and how to go pond dipping.

We are going on holiday soon and pond dipping is an activity we have booked to do together as a family. The best time to go pond dipping is between May and August as that is when there is more pond life to spot. However it doesn't mean you can't other times of the year. 


To go pond dipping you only really want need two tools a tray (or bucket/container) and a net. However there are other items you may want to consider too these are:

- magnifying glass

- wellies and waterproofs

- identification sheets

- camera 

Find a pond

Local parks and green spaces are good places to go pond dipping. Some parks and nature reserves even have special pond dipping platforms and run activity sessions for you to have a go. Make sure when you go pond dipping it's not on private property. If you don't find much pond life in one pond than try a different pond.

Safety first

When it comes to exploring water especially with children it is important to be vigilant and stick to these safety tips:

- Always be supervising your child during the activity 

- Always kneel to avoid falling in

-  Don't drink pond water 

- Wash hands after completing the activity.

Step-by-step guide 

1. Approach the water quietly and move slowly. This will give you the best chance to see the wildlife, not only in the water but also by the water's edge.

2. When close to the edge of the pond fill your tray with pond water about 1/3 to 1/2 way with pond water. A shady spot is best on a sunny day.

3. It's now time to start pond dipping. Slowly lower your net into the water and gently swish in a figure 8 motion. 

4. Gently lift your net out after a few loops and carefully place it in the pond tray that you filled with pond water. Gently turn the net inside out into the tray and let the water settle.

5. It's time to observe your pond creatures. Some pond creatures can be small and may require you to use a magnifying glass for a closer look.

6. Once you have finished observing your pond creatures don't forget to return them back to the pond. 

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