By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix teaches children about the life cycle of frogs with this clever craft.
Ages: preschool (with help) & up.
Materials: 6” or 9” white or green paper plates, stapler, scissors, white glue, crayons, green construction paper cut into 2” x 4” pieces, red construction paper cut into 2” X 6” pieces, red yarn cut into 8” lengths, ½” X 1” pieces of black crepe or tissue paper.
Fold a paper plate in half. Cut another paper plate in half and staple that half onto the first plate. This makes a hand hold so you can hold onto the frog’s head to “catch flies.”
To make frog eyes, draw two elongated “n” shapes on two pieces of green paper with crayons. At the tops draw eyeballs.
Cut out the eyes, fold up a flap on the bottom, and glue them onto the top of the half paper plate to create stand-up eyes.
Draw and cut out a long skinny tongue out of the red paper.
Take a piece of yarn, place it under the tongue, and glue this inside the mouth on the bottom of the paper plate.
Pinch a piece of black crepe or tissue paper in the middle to form a bow shape. Tie this at the end of the yarn to create a “fly.”
Use crayons to decorate the frog – green spots, etc.
Put the frog on your hand and try to “catch” flies.
This is a wonderful project where your child can learn about the life cycle of frogs while making a toy that reinforces hand/eye coordination. You can share the following poem as you show pictures of how frog eggs become tadpoles and then adult frogs.
Five Little Tadpoles
Five little tadpoles swimming near the shore.
The first one said, “Let’s swim some more.”
The second one said, “Let’s rest awhile.”
The third one said, “Swimming makes me smile.”
The fourth one said, “My legs are growing long.”
The fifth one said, “I’m getting very strong.”
Five little tadpoles will soon be frogs.
They’ll jump from the water and sit on logs.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX
The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.