Frog Ideas


During our unit on FROGS, we made our sensory table into a pond. We half filled it with water, added river rocks, some sand, plastic frogs. We made lily pads from thin, green craft foam, adding a artificial flower in the center of each lilypad. We used 1-1/2 inch thick styrofoam flat circles (they float really well!) and poked in artificial stems of plants and cattails for islands for our frogs to rest on. Add a few plastic insects for frog food & a plastic duck or two and you have an indoor pond.


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.


During our unit on FROGS, we made our sensory table into a pond. We half filled it with water, added river rocks, some sand, plastic frogs. We made lily pads from thin, green craft foam, adding a artificial flower in the center of each lily pad. We used 1-1/2 inch thick Styrofoam flat circles (they float really well!) and poked in artificial stems of plants and cattails for islands for our frogs to rest on. Add a few plastic insects for frog food & a plastic duck or two and you have an indoor pond.


Paint the bottom side of a paper plate green and the top side red. When it is dry fold it in half so that the red is inside (mouth). Glue eyes on top and have the kids put two small dots for a nose. On the inside tape or glue a long red tongue made of construction paper. The kids can curl the tongue around a pencil to make it curly if they want to. The kids can use these as puppets when they sing.


We make paper plate frogs. I punch a hole in the middle of a paper plate with a large pencil. The children color the plate with bingo markers, crayons, etc., making sure to make a big mouth around the hole. The children color two oval, egg-sized eyes and these are stapled to the top of the plate. I cut out two legs, rounded at the top with webbed feet, about three inches high. The children color these and they are stapled on each side of the bottom of the plate. I stick a non-squeaking party blower into the hole and the children love going around the room blowing out their “tongues” to catch “bugs”.


Last year I had A Un-frog-get-able first day of school. We read books about frogs, had leap frog races, had races wearing swimming fins. I had lily pads on the floor as you walked in the room. You can take this theme as far as you want to go with it, and the kids just love it. Have a great first day back!


Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.