FROG THEME

See also Pond, Turtle, and Duck Themes





Book List

An Extraordinary Egg - Leo Lionni
Bullfrog Grows Up - Rosamond Dauer
Fish is Fish - Leo Lionni
Frog in Love - Max Velthuijs
Frog in the Middle - Susanna Gretz
Frogs - Gail Saunders-Smith
Frogs and Toads - Katy Bratun Frogs, Toads, Lizards and Salamanders - Nancy Winslow Parker & Joan Wright
From Tadpole to Frog
It's Mine - Leo Lionni
Jump Frog Jump! - Robert Kalan
The Caterpillar And The Polliwog - Jack Kent
The Wide-Mouthed Frog - Rex Schneider
The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-up Book - Keith Faulkner



Songs & Fingerplays

Five Green & Speckled Frogs

Five green & speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. (Yum Yum)
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs. (Glub Glub)
(Repeat til there are no green speckled frogs)

Little Tadpole - Sung to "Frere Jacques"

Little tadpole, Little tadpole
Lost his tail, lost his tail.
Now he has two feet
Now he has four feet
Look a frog! Look a frog!

Little Polliwog - Sung to "Itsy, Bitsy Spider"

The little polliwog wiggled from it's egg.
Dreaming of the day when it would grow some legs!
Swimming in the pond and hiding near the mud,
Oh, little polliwog, loves to munch on tasty bugs!

Now that little polliwog has grown into a frog,
Spends all the lazy day sunning in the bog,
Hopping to and fro, still hiding near the mud,
Still swimming in the pond and munching tasty bugs!



Arts & Crafts

Frog on Lily Pad Craft

Paint the palm and four fingers(no thumb) wth green paint. Fingers should be slightly apart. Cut out hand when dry. Turn hand upside down so the fingers are facing downward. Add wiggly eyes to the palm area. Make a lily pad out of green construction paper. Glue frog onto pad.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Floatable Frog

Take corks & color them green with crayons or markers. Then take a green pipe cleaner & wrap it around the cork, twist it, then bend the long ends into frog-shaped legs. A string that had been tied to the pipe cleaner can be used to pull the floatable frog through water.

Frog paper plates

Fold plate in half and cut out two long legs and glue them in the middle of the plate. Cut a red tounge to place between the legs. For eyes cut two place half circles and two white circles these are glued on for the eyes on the front of the frog. Color the frog green. You can make the frog ribbit by pressing down on the folded plate.

~Submitted by Becky



Theme Ideas

Lily Pad Match Game

Make a math folder game. Make several lily pads on green paper. Make the same amount of frogs. They are going to match the frog to lily pad so for example you want to work on shapes draw a different shape on each pad and frog or you can match the number of dots to the numeral, etc. Glue the pads on the inside of a plain folder. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper. laminate frogs also so they last longer. Decorate the outside of folder, put name of "game" on it.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Lily Pad Leap

Cut out some large lily pads out of construction paper (it's best to laminate or cover w/ clear contact paper). Have your children pretend their frogs and leap from pad to pad. It's fun to do it with music. There's a lot of different things you can do ex. have them leap to a certain shape(on lily pad); leap while counting to a certain number, etc.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Frog Game

Make a little felt frog, (with wiggle eyes in front to make him fancy). Make "logs" from different color felt pieces. Put the frog in the middle of the flannel board with the logs all around it. Then say to the children, "Little Frog's FAVORITE game is hide and seek. His FAVORITE place to hide is in the color logs. Now, Little Frog is very shy so we must close our eyes and not peek while he hides!" Then hide the frog under one of the color logs. Then point to a color and say something like "Does anyone think Little Frog might be hiding here today? You do! Well, let's call for him and see! Then chant " Little Frog, Little Frog Are you in the (color) log?" Remove the log. "Is he under there? No? Where else might he be hiding?" Continue until the children find the frog. Play & practice until the kids tire of the game.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Frog Talk

Frogs are amphibians. Nearly all amphibians spend the first part of their lives underwater. When they change into adults, they are able to live on land. Amphibians have smooth, thin, moist skin. Their skin is so thin it lets water in and out. Frogs don't have to drink because they take in water through their skin. The tongue of a frog is attached to the front part of its mouth and is sticky. The frog can shoot out its tongue and capture its food. Frogs eat insects, minnows, earthworms, and spiders. Frogs hibernate in mud in the bottom of a pond during the winter. They breathe through their skin. Illustrate a frog's sticky tongue by putting glue on the end of a long narrow piece of paper and picking up bread crumbs.



In the Kitchen

Finger Jello Frogs

Combine 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin and 3 pkg. (3 oz. each) lime flavored gelatin in a large bowl. Add 4 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan and chill until set (at least one hour). Using a cookie cutter, cut frog shapes from green finger jello. Dip small marshmallows in whipped topping to keep the eyes in place.

Lily-Pad Pond Snacks

1 spoonful soft cream cheese
blue food coloring
1/2 English Muffin
3 cucumber slices
1 Gummy Frog

Tint soft cream cheese with blue food coloring and spread on English muffin halves. Peel and slice cucumbers into very thin rounds. Cut a wedge from each cucumber slice and place 3 on top of the cream cheese. Put gummy frog in the "pond."

Frog Floats

Put one scoop of lime sherbert into a cup. Add 7-Up or Sprite. Add miniature marshmallows or M&M's to the sherbert for the frog's eyes.



Links

Preschool Frogs Theme - Child Care Lounge
Preschool Frog Theme - Everything Preschool
All About Frogs & Toads - First School




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