First you need some experienced tadpole hunters:
meet lucy....she seems sweet doesn't she...when it comes to tadpole hunting she leaves no survivors.
trey boy...his skills with his dollar store net are unmatched.
my sister-in-law stephanie...she brings in the biggest baddest tadpoles around.
me...i wait quietly in the background waiting for one of my children to get distracted and set down their net...then i swoop down grab the net, and no tadpole is safe.
find yourself a murky muddy pond.
reach out as far as you can out into the pond and drag your net a long the bottom.
they like to hide out there.
pull your net mostly out of the water leaving the very bottom of the net immersed.
if you have a tadpole, you will see the little bugger splashing around in the bottom of the net.
scoop him out with your hand and drop him into a container filled with water scooped from the pond.
make sure when you are scooping up your water to get lots of good stuff from the bottom of the pond for the tadpole to live off.
lucy let her guard and was showing a little fear while we were hunting...she quickly gained her composure...
and got back to work.
we almost had to find a new team member in our hunting crew.
do not, and i repeat, do not hold your child by the back of the shirt and pants telling him that by doing this he will be able to "reach farther into the water and catch the biggest tadpole ever seen."
it could result in your child almost falling into the water and never trusting you again.
and now you know how to catch a tadpole!
we will wait and watch while these tadpole grow and turn back into frogs, and then release them back to this very pond.
remember as soon as your tadpoles start to get legs they will no longer be able to be under water at all times. we built a slope of gravel in our container so the tadpoles would have a place to rest as they grow.
thank you aunt stephanie for coming tadpole hunting with us today!
please come and visit us again soon!