Toad BOOK LOOK #5: Tadpoles Hatching + The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated)


“As the embryos in the egg strands elongate they move more vigorously till on the second or third day they wriggle out of the jelly string. This is the hatching and they are now free in the water and can swim about. Initially they hang themselves up on the old egg string by means of a peculiar v-shaped organ on their heads.” ~ S.H. Gage, Life History of the Toad, Cornell Nature Study Leaflet, 1904

Have you ever seen a tiny “seedling” sized tadpole?

“At first the little tadpoles remain under water all the time and breathe the air dissolved in the water, just as a fish does. As they grow larger and larger, they rush up to the surface once in awhile and then dive down again, as if their lives depended on it. The older they grow the oftener they come to the surface. This is the tadpole getting ready to breathe the free air above the water when it turns into a toad and lives on the land.” ~ S.H. Gage, Life History of the Toad, Cornell Nature Study Leaflet, 1904

This seedling size tadpole was scooped up with a handful of water and only held for a moment to take a photo before replacing back in the water.

Watch a video of this tadpole in action HERE on PINTEREST.

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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Activity Story Book 

by Karen L. Willard

Join Peter Rabbit and friends on adventures discovering all about Old Mr. Toad and his days spent in and out of the water!

See sample story pages + purchase HERE

More Tadpoles + Toads in motion at PINTEREST HERE.

Nature Alliteration Adventures ARE All Around

Alliteration = playing with words and creating phrases beginning

with the same letter of the alphabet or the same sounds.

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A curious Capkin spies a happy heart on a silent stone.

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The Nature Alliteration Adventures are a series of posts shared every Monday – Wednesday – Friday that I have created inspired by my daily “sense of wonder” walks out in the fields and forests in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts.

The companion P.L.A.Y. Nature Adventure Guide Books are available here for purchase to bring along as you explore the great outdoors in every season. They are designed to encourage curiosity and provide a place to capture the connections you make while discovering nature’s many simple and treasured gifts.

I hope you and your friends and family will join in the fun and have many P.L.A.Y.-filled adventures together.

Time to take a stretch and step away from the screen, bring your curious Capkin, and realign with your naturally creative and P.L.A.Y.-full self.



Meadows or mountains, babbling brook or your own backyard, the magic in nature awaits your arrival!

Let the P.L.A.Y. begin!

Sending smiles,

Karen ;0) 🙂