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Frog Craft (or Toad) Jumping or Swimming
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Themes

Instructions and Suggestions

Materials

Alphabet
*Letter F > F is for Frog
*Letter T > T is for Toad

Animals > Endangered > Amphibians > Frog and Toad

Colors >  
Frog > Green
Toad > Brown and gray

Crafts > Jumping or Swimming Frog (or Toad)

Holidays & Events >
* April > National Frog Month

Numbers |
Math
>
Shapes >
oval shape, counting, sizing, sorting

Seasons > Spring







Age group: Older toddlers to early elementary 

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.    

This frog or toad theme is appropriate for other educational themes listed in the activities column.

Activity #1:  Jumping or Swimming Frog Craft (or adapt to decorate as a Toad)

Review your options for printing the craft as well assembly options that best meets your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below. 

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
:

1.  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.

Numbers/Early-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. 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:
 Fairness
Read and print the online story Fran the Fair Frog, and visit the parent and teacher resources.

Read a book or online story
Visit the frog and toad sections for online stories and additional activities that incorporate these amphibians.

Other activities:  Incorporate the craft during poems, songs (music) or nursery rhyme and picture book presentations of your choice.  Movement and exercise:  play leap frog.

Frog or Toad
Jumping or Swimming
(print to or color brown for a toad)

Frog Craft - templates below

Illustration only
templates below
8 pieces

Frog 
Craft
Templates
*Color
*Black & White


Alphabet Letter F Printable Materials
or
Alphabet Letter T Toad Printable Activities
Letter T Toad printable activities

Other materials:
*Glue or glue stick
*scissors
*any paper, card stock, construction paper
*materials to color with

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