Supplies Needed; Template, crayons, water colors, scissors, glue, and brown construction paper
Using crayons, draw colored circles on frog template to resemble tree frogs like the ones pictured above. After drawing circles, use your water colors to paint your frog. The water color paint will not stick to the crayon because of the wax, and will bead up. Allow the water color to dry, then cut out your frog. Before gluing your frog to the paper, bend the frogs legs at the shoulder/hip and ankle/wrist locations. this will make it possible for your frog to "stand" off of the paper creating a 3d effect.
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Materials needed: clothespins, frog stickers, or toy frogs, green felt or construction paper for lily pads.
Directions: Glue one frog to one of the clothes pins. Make several. Cut the felt/construction paper into a round lily pad shape.
Instructions: Have the children work on a hard surface. Place the clothes pin so that the frog faces the lily pads.
Show the children how to press down on the open end and let go. The cloths pin will jump.
Let the children count how many frogs make it to the felt. This is a challenging game, and can be done with four year old children and older.
If the game is too challenging for your group here is another way to play. Have the children stand in front of a medium size basket. The child holds the frog above the basket and tries to drop it in. Not as easy as it sounds!
Take pictures of the children doing the different activities.
Step one Day 1: Spread the poster paper out on the floor or a long table. Put blue finger paint in small dabs around the paper. Let the children finger paint and cover the whole paper.
Step two Day 2: Lay out the dried poster paper. Give the children glue and green Easter basket grass. Let them attach the grass in any fashion.
Step three Day 3: Have the children make a frog. When dry let them attach the frog anywhere they like on the paper.
Step four Day 4: Have the children put tadpoles on the paper.
Step five Day 5: Have the children create tadpoles with tales (essentially little frogs with tales), when dry let them place them on the poster paper.
Post the completed project on the wall. Add pictures of frogs in different stages along the outside of the poster paper. Add picture of the children you took during the process.