Friday, July 15, 2011

Frogs

July 17-23: Frogs
Book Suggestions:
Frogs by Gail Gibbons
The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop Up Book by Keith Faulkner
Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan
From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer
The Icky Sticky Frog by Dawn Bentley
A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman

Activities:

Hop Like A Frog:
Description: Talk to your little ones about how frogs move! Show them how a frog hops and encourage them to hop around your house like a frog. They can hop slow, fast, forwards, and backwards. Ribbit as you do this!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to move, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot to develop motor skills, teach your tot to recognize animals sounds



Leap Frog:
Description: This is a great week to teach your toddler how to play leap frog. Invite some friends over to join in the fun or just play with you and your little one.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to move, teach your tot to develop motor skills

Green:
Description: Show your toddler a picture of a frog and ask them to tell you what color frogs are. Walk around your house with your toddler (or outside) and have them find and point to other objects that are also green.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize and identify colors, teach your tot to develop language skills and communication

Speckled Frogs:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Prior to doing this activity draw and cut out a frog shape and at least 5 circles from construction paper. Sing the song 5 Little Speckled Frogs with your toddler. Show your child the frog shape and the circles. Explain to them that they are going to make their own speckled frog. Have them identify the shape (circle) and help them count the circles that you cut out. Your little one can then glue the circles onto the frog to make their own speckled frog. (You and your toddler could make 5 speckled frogs and use them as you sing the song)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to develop motor skills

Big Mouth Frog:
Materials: large box, scissors, balls or beanbags
Description: Draw a simple picture of a frog on a cardboard box. Using a scissors, cut a large hole in the box as the frog's mouth. Talk to you child about how frogs catch bugs in their mouth. Let your toddler through balls or beanbags into the hole in the box and pretend that they are bugs.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to develop motor skills, teach your tot to move

Paper Plate Frogs:
Materials: two paper plates, staples, green paint or crayons, googly eyes, glue, red and green construction paper
Description: Talk to you toddler about frogs and how they catch flies and other insects with their tongues. You and your toddler can make a frog together out of two paper plates. Talk to your toddler about the color of frogs. Have them paint the 2 paper plates green. Place two paper plates together with the tops facing each other. Staple them together only half way around the plates. When the paint dries, glue on two googly eyes at the open end of the plates. Cut 4 strips of green construction paper and have your toddler help you (if they are old enough) accordion fold the strips for legs. Staple of glue them onto the paper plate body. You can cut a long strip of red construction paper and glue one side of it to the opening of the paper plates. Curl the other end of the construction paper toward the paper plates to create a tongue.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative and use their imagination, teach your tot to develop motor skills

Lifecycle of a Frog:
Materials: cotton ball, black marker, picture of a frog, glue
Description: Read books about frogs or talk to your little one about the life cycle of a frog. Frogs start off as an egg, hatch as a tadpole and change into a frog. You and your little one can make a diagram of this process. Color a large black dot onto a cotton ball, for the egg and glue it onto a piece of paper. Next stretch a cotton ball to make a tadpole shape and glue that onto the paper. Last, print or draw a picture of a frog and glue that to the paper as well. You can draw a circle, connecting all the pictures and write each stage as well. (See the picture below for an example.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand the lifestyle of a frog, teach your tot science skills, teach your tot to develop motor skills

Felt Board Frogs:
Materials: print or draw frogs, scissors, glue, felt, a felt board
Description: You can make your own felt board frogs to go along with some of the songs and fingerplay below. Visit Teach Your Tot for directions on how to make a simple felt board. Simple draw or print (I used Microsoft Word and inserted frog clip art to make the ones in the picture). Cut out the frogs and glue a small piece of felt to the back of each frog so that it will stick to the felt board. I made spotted frogs to go along with the song 5 Little Speckled Frogs. Your toddlers can help you take down a frog each time one jumps into a pool! They can also help count the frogs each time a new one is taken away.
*Printing the frogs on heavy cardstock will help them last longer.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot to develop motor skills, teach your tot pre-reading skills


Act out the stages of a frog:
Description: Your toddler can act out the stages of a frog. Have the make a ball out of their body for the egg, slither on the ground with their arms by their side for a tadpole swimming, and last hop like a frog. Talk to you toddler about each different stage as they do this.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to move, teach your tot to develop motor skills, teach your tot to understand a frog's lifecycle

Ideas for younger toddlers:
Try some of the activities above, if you toddler isn't ready, you could scale them back a little to meet the learning needs of your toddler. Here are few ideas of fun activites you could try: jump like a frog, pretend to swim like a frog, paint the paper plates for the paper plate frog and the adult can complete it, ribbit like a frog, recognize the color green, act out the stages of a frog.

Songs and Fingerplays:

Tadpole to Frog:

I am a little tadpole
with a tail in back.
I swim underwater
this way and that.
When I grow up
my tail will be gone
and its place I will have
two legs that are long.

Frogs:
(sung to the tune of Ba-Ba Black Sheep)
Frogs are amphibians
that is a big word.
They are cold-blooded
and eggs, so I've heard.
When the eggs hatch,
a tadpole appears.
It has a tail
to help them swim far and near.
As the tadpole grows
it will turn into a frog.
It will grow legs
and use them to leap on a log.
Frogs are amphibians,
That is a big word.
They are cold-blooded
and leg eggs, so I've heard.

5 Little Speckled Frogs

5 little specked frogs
Sat on a cypress log.
Eating the most delicious bugs yum yum.
One jumped into a pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are 4 little speckled frogs.

4 little speckled frogs,
Sat on a cypress log,
Eating the most delicious bugs, yum yum.
One jumped into a pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are 3 little speckled frogs.

3 little speckled frogs,
Sat on a cypress log,
Eating the most delicious bugs, yum yum.
One jumped into a pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are 2 little speckled frogs.

2 little speckled frogs,
Sat on a cypress log,
Eating the most the delicious bugs, yum yum.
One jumped into a pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there is 1 little speckled frog.

1 little speckled frog,
Sat on a cypress log,
Eating the most delicious bugs, yum yum.
One jumped into a pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are no little speckled frogs.

Online Fun:
Frog Videos:
Your toddler will enjoy these Sesame Street videos:
Swim Like Animals
Frogs in the Glen
Froggy Jumps

Letter F:
Frog begin with F. Your toddler can watch the letter F video and see other things that begin with letter F:


Starfall Learn to Read



Frogland:
Visit Frogland for fun facts, pictures, coloring pages, and more all about frogs.

National Geographic Kids:
Visit National Geographic Kids for some cool pictures and facts about frogs. Click here and click on amphibians.
Recipe and Snack Ideas:

Frog Cupcakes:
Ingredients: cupcake mix, cupcake tins, mini marshmallows, black icing, red icing or red liquorish
Directions: Make cupcakes according to the packaging directions. While the cupcakes are cooling, have your toddler help you dye icing green (adding food coloring). Icing the cupcakes with the green food coloring. Place one little dot of black icing in the center of each mini marshmallow and put them on the cupcakes for eyes. Use red icing or red liquorish for the mouth.

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