Habitat Trays: Pond



Welcome to Montessori Mondays!

Are you looking for some cheap, fun, and easy activities that support learning for your child?

You’ve come to the right place.  Every week I’m sharing  Montessori based activities that you can create and share with your children.

Check out my first post here for an explanation of why Montessori works.


 I’ve been dying to share these habitat trays with y’all!

These are kind of like dioramas that your children can play with inside a tray that is similar to a sensory table.

This week I’m showing the pond habitat with frogs and turtles.



  • Tray: Below is a picture of the tray that I am using to hold these habitats.  It’s made of wood, and I also use it to serve breakfast in bed.  There are plenty of reasonably priced serving trays here on Amazon.


  • Foam Sheet: I purchased a green one at Michael’s Craft Store, and it was pretty inexpensive.  You’ll have to cut the foam sheet to fit inside your tray.  I had to shorten mine by a couple of inches.
  • Moss: Purchased at the dollar store.  They have a couple different kinds of moss.  Beware, it’s messy!
  • Pond Animals: Purchased at Michael’s Craft Store with a 50% off coupon!  Right now I only have frogs and turtles.  You could also add fish, bugs and birds that live in a pond.
  • Glue: I used hot glue and crafting glue.  The crafting glue works well for attaching the moss, and the hot glue keeps the flowers, rocks, and lily pads in place.
  • Plastic Leaves: Purchased from the dollar store.  I glued them together to make them look like a plant you would find near a pond.
  • Rocks: Purchased at the dollar store. They were glued with hot glue to help secure the moss.
  • Mod Podge: Purchased at the dollar store and used to attach green foam to the wooden circle.  I also spread it across the green foam sheet to give it a glossy texture.
  • Wooden Circle: Purchased at Michael’s.  I used this to make a lily pad.
  • Floral Gems: Purchased at the dollar store to create water droplets on the lily pad.
  • Water Lily Flower: Purchased at the dollar store.  There were no real water lilies there, but this one looked the most similar to a water lily.  I glued it with hot glue to the lily pad.


Tune in next week for another habitat tray!

*I believe it goes without saying, but just in case, these trays are not for babies or toddlers that still put things in their mouths.

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Below are links to the rest of my activities:

Sorting Soft/Hard and Counting with Pom Poms/Bowls

Color Wheel and Threading with Pipe Cleaners/Colander

Easter Eggs and Beach Play-dough

Alphabet Sensory Bin and Clothesline

Shape Sorting and Open/Close Tray

Frog/Turtle Sensory Bin and Play-dough/Noddle Threading

Flower Sensory Bin and Buttons with Pipe Cleaners

Valentine’s Sensory Bin and Discovering Smells

Underwater Sensory Bin and Learning to Buckle

Button Snake and Bugs/Grass Sensory Bin

Go check them out and tell me what you think!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Stacey Carlson says:

    Love these ideas!

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