Make an edible pond

Ponds are amazing habitats for animals and plants – they’re one of the best things you can add to your garden to encourage wildlife to visit. Ponds support wildlife from the beginning to the end of the food chain. What better way to explore this, than to put yourself at the top of the food chain, by making an edible pond!


What you will need:

  • Lime jelly (or vegetarian alternative) – 500ml
  • Blackcurrent jelly (one sachet)
  • Gelatine (one sachet)
  • Food colouring (blue)
  • Dragon fruit or cooked tapioca
  • Green grapes
  • Jelly worms, bugs, or fish
  • Green apple fruit bars
  • Chocolate frogs (optional)
  • Clear bowl (1 litre)
  • Measuring jugs
  • Sieve
  • Scissors

How to make your edible pond:

For each layer, make up the jelly as per packet instructions and leave to cool. When it’s cool, but not set, pour the layer into the bowl.

  1. Layer one – make up the blackcurrent jelly. When it’s cooled, pour it into the bowl, add the jelly worms and leave to set for an hour in the fridge.
  2. Layer two – make up half the green jelly and add two drops of blue food colouring. Allow to cool and pour into the bowl. Add jelly worms and bugs, and reed shapes cut from the apple fruit bars. Leave to set for an hour in the fridge.
  3. Layer three – make the remaining green jelly. Allow to cool and pour into the bowl. Add the remaining reed shapes cut from the apple fruit bars. Leave to set for another hour in the fridge.
  4. Layer four – Make half a pint of gelatine and add a few drops of blue food colouring. Allow to cool and pour into the bowl. Add a clump of dragon fruit or cooked tapioca, and some sliced green grapes. Place in the fridge for an hour to set.
  5. Finish off your pond with a chocolate frog, and enjoy!

 

Share your photos using #DiscoverLearnPlay



DOWNLOADS AND RESOURCES

Time to complete

4 - 5 hours

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Associated wildlife

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Technologies (Food technology)

Sciences (Biology; ecology; natural history; planet Earth topic; Materials topic)

Mathematics and Numeracy (Number and measure)

 

Help protect Scotland’s wildlife

Our work to save Scotland’s wildlife is made possible thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters.

Join today from just £3 a month to help protect the species you love.

Join today


Stay up to date with the Scottish Wildlife Trust by subscribing to our mailing list Subscribe now

Back to top