Holidays & Events> Apr > National Frog Month | Numbers | Math > Shapes | Seasons > Spring
Frog Craft (or Toad) Jumping or Swimming Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a
swimming or jumping frog or toad. Many basic skills can be addressed during and after
the craft assembly process. Other printable support materials and links to related
activities are provided.
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Option 1: Print craft color template (for a frog) and assist with scissor cutting when needed. Encourage older children to cut out their own templates as much as possible. Conduct learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2: Print black and white templates. Children can color and decorate. Show children real images of frogs and toads. Visit this activity to incorporate the physical differences between a frog and a toad during the craft assembly. Decide ahead of time which colors will be used and additional materials to incorporate.
Option 3: For large groups or to recycle left over materials, print black & white templates directly on green paper for a frog theme or brown for a toad. Children can add other details such as stripes, spots and materials to create the bumpy texture of a toad.
Activities 2: Basic Skills Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate for the ages of children.
Shapes & Colors Activity: Ask children to identify any identifiable shapes and colors on the template if using the color template: oval body and head, circle eyes and small circles on the feet, etc. Ask the children to identify the colors they have chosen to color the templates.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
Counting and number recognition: Count how many templates are needed to assemble the frog. Count the legs and point to the numbers 1 to 4 and how these are matched for placement on the oval body template. You may want to write numbers on the blank side of the remaining templates in the order of assembly.
Suggested assembly: (after learning activities)
Review the following steps with the children and they can refer to the small image on the template. It is helpful to display and assemble one in front of large groups by steps.
1. Paste smile template between the cheek curves on the head template
2. Paste eyes centered above head.
3. Paste assembled head on the bottom of the oval under number 3 and 4.
4. Have the children paste the legs in numerical order from one to four using the small picture as a guide.
Activity 3: Alphabet Printable Activities > Letter F Frog or Letter T Toad
Activity 4: Science & Social Studies: Learning about Frogs and Toads
Activity 5: Character Education: Aesop's Fables > Read, print and discuss one of these fables:
Read a book or online story
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper, card stock, construction paper