In the water table I cut out round lily pads from craft foam and use them with small counting frogs. The foam floats and you can put the frogs on top of the lily pads. To add a little math to the play I put dots or numbers on one side of the lily pads. Children who are ready for more challenge can practice counting and younger children can have fun using plain side.
I used party blowers (the paper ones that roll out) and put a piece of scratchy Velcro on the very end. I bought plastic flies and bugs (available at dollar stores; fishing departments) and put the soft Velcro on the bugs. The children pretend to be frogs and blow the party blower to catch the bugs! I let the children take them home. It is great for oral motor development also!
Lily Pad Leap
Use green construction paper to cut out the pad then glue pink flowers cut out of construction paper to them. Place the lily pads on the floor and have the children jump from one to another. You could also number them and have them go from 1 to 2 to 3… and so on.
On a frog pattern, I measure how far the kids jump with a yard stick then I print how far they jumped on the frog pattern.
Use clip art lily pad and frog on paper or draw freehand. Make a “math mat” for each student. Read the big book “Never Snap at a Bubble.” As you read, count the bubbles the baby frog is eating. After reading give each student a small bowl of mini marshmallows (bubbles) and do simple addition and subtraction. “Put 3 bubbles on your frog, have your frog eat 2 bubbles (they can actually eat the marshmallows as you do the math). How many are left?” You can take it from there. If you do not wish to use marshmallows for bubbles you can use cheerios or small cotton balls.
We did a unit on frogs. I took pieces of white construction paper and made each child frog feet, pieces of paper colored by them with a hole big enough to go over their leg and rest on their shoe. I made each child a set for their hands and their feet. We played leap frog and giggled all day long.
Make frog puzzles. Cut out pictures from magazines and glue onto tag board. Then cut into a puzzle. Allow the children to put the puzzle together.
Catch That Bug!
After reading any “frog” book such as Jump, Frog, Jump, have the students make a “frog tongue” by attaching a piece of self stick Velcro to the end of a party blower. Then have them stick a corresponding piece of Velcro to a pre-made bug picture or plastic bug. When finished challenge your students to “be frogs” and use their “tongues” to catch a bug!
Kids love to jump so a good spring game is Leap Frog, but to keep them safe make a pond by using a blue or green sheet, blanket or towel for these little frogs to jump over. If it is really nice out and you have water available allow the children to jump in and over puddles of water.
After reading the Frog Prince, play Lilly pad Hop. Cut out and laminate Lilly pads and have children dance all around the room with music. When the music stops they have to freeze on a Lilly pad!
One idea for a frog theme game would be to use hula hoops, lay them in a row and have the children jump like a frog into each one (sort of a follow the leader game). You could vary the hoops by holding one or two at a standing position and have the children crawl or jump through them. There would be all kinds of variations to this activity.