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Frog Craft (or Toad) Stand-up Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a sitting
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.
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. Indicate to children that the base does not have to be colored. 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.
Colors Activity: 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 letters A and B and how these are matched for placement on the body template.
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.
Note: Before assembly, write the word Frog or Toad on the base portion.
1. Match and paste legs where A and B are indicated.
2. Paste eyes
3. Assist children in folding legs on the dotted lines upward towards the front.
4. Assist children to fold base on dotted lines backwards.
5. Add glue to the back of C area and paste on the back of the frog body to create the base for the frog.
Pond scene: Frog on a Lily Pad and Water lily
After the frog is assembled, conduct a separate activity to color and decorate this coloring page of pond scene with a water lily and lily pad. Place the frog craft over the lily pad.
Explain how frogs and other pond critters stand on lily pads. The water lily and pad (leaf) are actually the leaves and flower of a water dwelling plant, the water lily. It has long stems and the roots are planted in the pond's floor. Many other animals live and eat under the lily pad, such as pond snails, small fish, etc.
Activity 3: Alphabet Printable Activities for > 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 two fables:
Visit the frog and toad sections for additional online stories 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.
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper, card stock, construction paper