In late spring and early summer, a fun theme to do is the frog life cycle. This FREE Printable Frog and Tadpole life cycle activity for your toddlers and preschoolers is an easy activity to support their learning.
Flipbooks are a great way for kids to create their own books that they can then use for reference. This mini flip book shows the 4 basic stages of the frog’s life cycle, frog eggs (or spawn), tadpole, froglet, and frog.
You and your toddler or preschooler can do this life cycle of the frog activity and have a reference book when you do more frog and tadpole activities to talk about together.
Printable Life Cycle of the Frog Activity
Aimed at toddlers and younger preschoolers this life cycle activity features the 4 phases of the frog, and toad, metamorphosis that are easy to distinguish between.
A version of this flipbook is available in our store with more phases of the life cycle for older preschoolers and those in the early years in school.
In this free printable, you will find 2 versions – one fully coloured ready to cut, the other with black and white images, to colour, as well as letters to trace to support writing and reading skills.
Learning About the Frog Life Cycle
One of the best ways that your little one can learn about the frog life cycle is to observe it.
We have been raising tadpoles on our nature table every spring since I was a child and have a complete guide so that you can as well. Check out the guide to raising tadpoles by clicking on the link.
Alternatively, if you can’t find any frog spawn locally, why not watch this excellent video which shows the process in a tank at home.
As well as watching the life cycle, we also read around the subject from our favourite Frog Books to books about the frog lifecycle for toddlers and preschoolers.
Favourite Frog Life Cycle Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Although our list above contains a variety of different frog life cycle books for tots, our pick of the best is below.
The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain has always been a favourite of ours and explains the life cycle through a story. Ideal to read aloud or as the version we have comes with a CD you can listen to it being read together.
For preschoolers and the as your child begins to read the From Tadpole to Frog goes is a non-fiction book ideal to keep to hand when learning about the frog life cycle. It’s easy to read and has real images inside perfect for matching with a set of homemade frog life cycle story stones.
Another non-fiction book but to be read together and with illustrations rather than photographs How Does a Frog Grow is our 3rd favourite book we add to the book basket when learning about the life cycle of the tadpole.
Printable Frog Life Cycle Cut Out Activity
Once we’ve talked about the different stages we can then get creating our own flip book.
On the printable file you will find 4 sheets. Two sheets with colours and two with tracing. The difference is whether we use the language frog eggs or frog spawn.
I have always taught the children the language frog spawn, however I know that in other situations people use frog eggs so print out the versions that you use.
Frog Life Cycle Printable Flip Book
- Scissors – you or your child will need to cut out the different components
- Something to colour with
- Print out the Frog Life Cycle on white printer paper
- Cut out the parts. The words and images should be separated
- Stick the 4 section with "Glue here" to a piece of coloured card.
- Add in the top of the flip book by gluing along "Glue here" and attaching.
- The book is now ready for your toddler or preschooler to place the frog life cycle in sequence.
- Match up the words with the life cycle cut out pictures.
- Repeat with the letter tracing version and have fun colouring in the stages of the life cycle together.
More Frog and Tadpole Activities
When studying the life cycle of the frog I like to include other activities with frogs and tadpoles check out some of our favourites below.
- Set up a frog pond sensory bin
- Print out the nursery rhyme Five Little Speckled Frogs and make a set of puppets to use with counting and rhymes.
- Put together a DIY Frog Maths Game with some toy frogs.