Ponds or lakes are great places to explore! There is a huge variety of living things that you can discover with a simple dip-net. If you don’t have a dip-net, don’t worry! You can easily make one with a few items around the house. Make sure to ask your parents for help!
To make your own dip net, you will need:
Be careful when approaching bodies of water. Don’t lean so far over that you fall in, and be aware of wildlife that may be using the wetlands as their home!
Cut the bottom part of the leg off of the tights. Tie the remaining parts of the legs together. This is your net.
Reshape the coat hanger to make a
hoop or square. This will be the frame of the net.
Fold you’re the edges of your net over the frame and sew in place.
Straighten the hook end of the coat hanger. Use the duct tape to tape this end to the wooden dowel.
It’s time to go pond dipping! You may want to take a magnifying glass to get a closer look at what you find or a camera to take pictures!
Pond dipping isn’t just for fun! Scientists use this technique to help determine water quality. Check out next week’s activity to see how you can determine the health of the ponds and waterways you live in.
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