"The Frog Prince" is a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm in which a princess helps turn an enchanted frog back into a handsome prince. According to the story, the princess accidently drops her ball into a well, and a frog helps her retrieve it after asking her to promise to let him eat off her plate and sleep on her pillow. The popular childhood tale can be the basis of many craft projects for younger children, older children, a nursery room or for a gift.
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Younger children may construct simple frog and princess puppets using brown paper lunch bags. Have the child slide his hand into the bag. The flap side of the bag will be the side with the mouth while the flat side will be the back of the puppet. Paint one bag green for the frog. Use white construction paper to cut out round eyes. Cut smaller pupils from black paper and glue them onto the white circles. Glue the eyes above the flap mouth on the bag. Cut out a red tongue and two green arms from construction paper. Glue those in place. For the princess, cut out a dress, crown and facial features from construction paper. Glue the pieces into place to finish the project.
Older children may use a smooth rock to form a frog prince. Paint a smooth river stone green. Cut out legs and arms from green construction paper. Glue them to the rock. Also glue on buttons or craft store wiggly eyes on the front of the stone for eyes. Cut a crown from yellow construction paper and place on top of the frog's head. Another craft idea for older children is building a castle from old paper towel rolls. Paint two cardboard rolls grey and use grey heavy paper for the front wall of your castle. Cut out a castle wall slightly shorter than the paper towel rolls and cut out merlons, the toothlike features that were a distinctive element of medieval castles, at the top of your wall. It should look like vertical gaps at the top. Cut out paper to put on the top of the rolls, so they look like turrets. Cut slits on the ends of the each paper to slide the paper towel rolls into place.
A frog prince theme would suit a baby's nursery room. Create crafts such as a wall mural with a princess, frog prince and castle. Use acrylic paints and paint brushes for the mural. Another idea is to decorate a paper lampshade with a frog prince. Cut out illustrations of the frog prince and glue them onto the lampshade with a craft glue stick. If you can find frog-prince fabric, you may sew a blanket, curtains, or throw pillows for the room.
Craft frog prince gifts to give to friends and relatives. String beads onto a leather cord for a bracelet. Add a gold crown and frog to the design, or buy special frog prince bead from a jewellery or craft shop. Attach a clasp to finish the project. Another craft idea would be cupcakes decorated with a frog prince. Bake vanilla cupcakes and ice them with buttercream frosting. Cut out green frogs from construction paper and glue on gold crowns. Stick each frog onto a frosted cupcake. Or, fashion two-dimensional frogs from green icing, using black icing for the eyes and a piece of red liquorice or fruit roll-up for the tongue, and place tiny craft gold crowns atop.
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