With spring here in our family that means just one thing we are on the hunt for frogs. Ever since my youngest was a toddler he has been a little obsessed with frogs. Now he's older he's decided that he wants to be a Zoologist when he grows up but study only Amphibians. So for this week's Virtual Book Club for Kids Theme of Frogs I thought it would be great to look at the frog life cycle in a fun way and have got a couple of games for you to try with your toddlers and preschoolers. So here we go our first game is the Frog Life Cycle Game.
The Wide Mouthed Frog
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Each week for your toddler and preschool virtual book club we recommend a featured book that is ideal to read aloud as you complete the hands-on activities, crafts and recipes. This week's featured book is The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner which is a fun story to read together about a frog that is fascinated by how and what different animals eat - that is until he meets one of the swamps residents how really like frogs to eat!
Looking for more books to read and add to your book basket this for your Frog Life Cycle theme with your toddlers and preschoolers then check out our Best Children's books about the frog life cycle you can read together.
Frog Life Cycle Memory Game
I love simple games that have multiple purposes. This printable game can be used for sequencing the frog life cycle, talking about it, playing memory and snap. Although the game is available in our store for you to download and print as a subscriber to our Toddler and Preschool Weekly Newsletter we offer the resource for FREE.
Materials Needed for your Frog Life Cycle Memory Game
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Printer - here at Rainy Day Mum we use an HP Envy with Instant Ink
Laminator (Optional) - You may want to laminate the cards if using with a class or you want them to last longer
- Download the cards - each page has 4 of the same set of cards so you can print multiple copies especially if you choose to play snap with these.
- Cut out the cards and laminate if you wish
Using the Frog Life Cycle Memory Game
- Look at the cards and the different life cycles of the frog - you have 6 different stages; frogspawn (the eggs), tadpoles with no legs, tadpoles with back legs, tadpoles with front and back legs, froglet, and Adult Frog.
- Lay the cards face down on a flat surface.
- Turn over 2 cards. If they match you win the pair.
- Continue playing until all of the cards have been paired up.
- The winner is the player with the most cards.
Sequencing the Frog Life Cycle with your Memory Game Cards
As I said this game is versatile - if you wish you can use the cards to create the frog life cycle. We have used them as we raised tadpoles in previous years. They were ideal for adding to our nature table and talking about the stages of development in the tank.
More Frog Books to Read Together with your Toddlers and Preschoolers
Each week with the weekly themes we suggest a few extra books that you may like to read aloud with your toddlers and preschoolers in addition to the featured book. These books are from our own collection and ones that my children and the children that I have taught have thoroughly enjoyed. We hope you enjoy them as well.
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
Growing Frogs by Vivian French
The Frog Olympics by Brian Moses
It's Mine by Leo Lionni
Five Green Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris
If you can't find those books or wish to add a few more to read on this theme then check out our Frog and Tadpoles Book Recommendations where we have just a few more recommendations for toddlers and preschoolers that include fiction and non-fiction books.
More Frog Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Yes, this is one of my favourite themes and I know so many little ones that love it as well. Check out these activities and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers from here on Rainy Day Mum as well as on the cohosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids.
Make your Own Five Little Speckled Frogs Craft Stick Puppets to use for this week's theme and sing along to the fun nursery rhyme.
Frog Hop Number Line Game from Mama Smiles
Simple Pond Sensory Bin for Toddlers from Toddler Approved
Frog Hop Phonics - ideal for older preschoolers and those learning to read
EVEN MORE - Frog and Tadpole themed Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers