A Fishing Net1 of 6
Most ponds are filled with minnows and fish. A handheld net is a great way to catch fish that are close to shore without needing a rod and bait. It's also a great way to get kids active by walking around, searching for and catching fish. You don't have to go in very far, and it makes for a fun game of catch and release.
A Pail2 of 6
Rocks, sticks, mud, feathers; there's a lot to be found at a pond without even needing to go in the water. This is a great kinesthetic learning technique for toddlers and kids as they can walk around collecting what they find.
A Shovel3 of 6
Digging is a lot of fun for kids. They love to get down and dirty. Whether it's making a castle, digging a hole or searching for buried treasure, having a shovel on hand at any trip to the pond is a must.
Bread4 of 6
Many ponds have friendly residents in the form of ducks and birds. Bring a loaf of bread and let the kids enjoy feeding them. You can even play little games, such as counting how many ducks you see and feed.
Snacks or Lunch5 of 6
After all that fishing, shoveling and duck feeding, you'll be sure to work up an appetite. Make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand for you and the kids. A picnic lunch is always a great way to end a great trip to the pond -- just make sure the ducks know which food is for you and which is for them.