It’s that time of year where my eldest’s obsession with Frogs comes out again. Although this year for the first time we don’t have a pond set up to go frog spawn hunting or the available frog spawn to grow our own. But, that’s not putting a stop to instead we’re reading more and more frog and amphibian books and the joy when he found out that his hero Sir David Attenborough is also a fan of frogs was fantastic. So today I’ve searched high and low and put together our favourite Frog Crafts and Activities for Kids ideal for spring and if you have a frog made youngster in your house too.
Frog and Tadpole Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Another really cute alternative to our egg carton frogs is to make your own Easy Five Little Speckled Frog Finger Puppets like these from Danya Banya. So simple to make but a perfect addition to the song and would let you do some fun finger play with them.
Or how about making your own springing speckled frogs like these 5 Little Speckled Frogs Craft click through for the full instructions on how to get them to spring over on A Little Pinch Of Perfect.
I think it’s the way that frogs can poke out their tongue that makes me laugh as they catch flies around the pond on a summer’s day and this DIY Frog Party Blower Craft for Kids from Mommy’s Bundle captures that perfectly in a really fun craft and then toy to play with.
Hand and foot print crafts are always fun and this Handprint and Footprint Tissue Paper Frog by Crafty Mama in Me also uses one of our favourite crafting materials PAPER PLATES! Or how about giving this scene using a Footprint Frog from Fun Handprint Art a go as it sure does look cute.
I don’t know about you but I have literally hundreds of odds of cupcake liners left over from parties and events and these Darling Cupcake Liner Frog Puppet Tutorial from Artsy Momma would be perfect to use up the green ones left over from our dinosaur party a couple of years ago.
Another fun paper plate craft this time to make your own Red Eyed Tree Frog Rainforest Paper Plate Mask with this full tutorial from JDaniel4’s Mom. Possibly my favourite frog I spent many hours searching for them when I lived in Costa Rica.
Stamping is always a lot of fun and these DIY Pool Noodle Animal Stamps from The Educator’s Spin on It are cute and easy to do – I love the frog one but also the red bird as well. Easy to do and great to go with the book choice in the post.
More of a craft for you that will lead to an activity for the kids this Jumping Frog Pond No-Sew Quiet Book from Powerful Mothering is easy to make and will provide hours of fun for your toddlers and preschoolers.
I’ve been wanting to make one of these for years but still not got around to itCroaking Frog Craft from Preschool Powol Packets it’s easy to make and really does croak a lot of fun for kids to make and use.
Frog and Tadpole Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
By far our favourite activity every spring is to find some frogspawn and raise tadpoles. It can be done easily at home and just remember to either return them to the pond you found them in or start a new colony in your own new pond by returning them there. Full guidance of keeping them and best practices can be found on our site.
One of the best things about frogs is their life cycle – it is easy to observe and children are fascinated by it this Fine Motor Life Cycle Frog Craft from Life Over C’s combines a simple craft and learning in one as well as working on fine motor skills a perfect all rounder for toddlers and preschoolers this spring.
There are lots of different ways you can explore the frog life cycle and over at Natural Beach Living there is a whole set of Frog Life Cycle Activities including printables that you can download to use with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Tuff spots are a great way to contain small world play but allow children to move around the area unlike when you use a box or tray. This Frog Spawn Tuff Spot and Life Cycle Tuff Spot from Tuff Spot Play are two simple and easy to set up ideas for some spring frog-themed play.
Although Tuff Spots are great they do take up a lot of room so using bins, trays or boxes is a great idea these suggestions are each slightly different and use different sensory materials to let children interact with them do check them out as they are a lot of fun:
Frog Splashing Pond Small World from Modern Preschool
Frog Pond Sensory Play from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Cloud Dough Frog Pond from Simple Fun for Kids
Green Rice And Frogs Sensory Play with Powerful Mothering
I’ve found with my kids that using that interest allows us to devise activities around it to focus on different areas our DIY Frog Maths Game was a lot of fun to use and if you don’t have any frog toys then using the Five Green Frogs from Picklebums is still my favourite alternative.
Another fun way to use frogs in maths is with this Frog Race Graphing Game with free printable from Simple Fun for Kids. Graphing is a great skill for kids to have and the younger you can introduce it the better as they will use it in lots of different subjects and applications.
Over at Living Montessori Now there is some fun Frog Maths games including free printables which are great especially if you like the Montessori style of learning for your children. If you are looking for more amphibian based Montessori activities then look no further than these Amphibian Activities with Free Printables from Every Star is Different.
Playdough is always a favourite with my kids – less so with me as don’t you find it gets everywhere but this Frog Life Cycle Play Dough Kit from The Kindergarten Connection is great as it is open ended and will let your children explore the life cycle through their own creativity.
Favourite Frog and Tadpole Resources for Kids
You can find our favourite Frog Books and Toddlers and Preschoolers all in one place these include a selection of fiction and non-fiction as well as board books that kids will love to read time and time again.
Looking for books specifically about the frog life cycle then check out our preschool and toddler frog life cycle books for our favourites.
This Five Little Speckled Frogs Felt Storyboard is great for quite play for the kids.
Visual displays are always a good way to get children to understand concepts and this GIANT frog life cycle magnetic display from Learning Resources will allow children to manipulate it on a magnetic board putting it in order.
My son’s favourite resource is this Safari Ltd Frog life cycle set that allows him to play nature film- maker filming the lifecycle of his favourite frogs.
As a scientist apart from raising your own tadpoles and having access to a pond to observe frogs in real life having specimens is often the only way children can see what creatures look like in real life. It’s one of the reasons that I love zoo’s and natural history museums around the world. This frog lifecycle specimen set is great at showing 4 different stages in the life cycle and gives children an opportunity to look at the stages closely don’t forget to supply them with a magnifying glass as well.
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.