Creating paper frog crafts is an inexpensive and fun way to allow kids to express themselves. Materials are usually items you can find around the house. Kids enjoy making silly, smiling green critters and giving you a "ribit" as they work. When doing crafts with kids, the process is more important than the final result. Encourage kids to try different and new things.
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This craft might be considered a predecessor to high school biology where students dissect frogs. Start with a frog template that includes a body, head, hind and front legs. Either you or your child can cut out the template, separating the body parts. Allow children to colour the frog any way they want to and draw the face of the frog. Then challenge kids to glue the frog body parts to the body. Don't worry if the legs and eyes are in the wrong spots, it's all part of the learning process.
Fairy tales have made kissing a frog the way of falling in love with a handsome prince. Have some fun creating heart frogs where you use heart shapes for as many parts of the frog body as possible. Start with a heart-shaped body that sits upside down. Have kids cut and paste another heart for the head. See if eyes, lips and hands can be made with hearts. This craft helps kids use spatial thinking concepts in creating a frog. This also makes for a very different Valentine's card.
Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. This is a fun project that helps kids learn about shapes as they fold rectangles and triangles into a frog paper sculpture. Kids can do a standard frog that will sit on their desk or create a hopping frog. If there is more than one kid making a frog, gather the frogs and create a racetrack of jumping frogs. Line up each frog and see which one can get to the finish line the fastest by its jumps. You an also have jumping contests to see who can get their frog to jump the farthest. Don't forget to have kids draw the eyes and a silly face to customise each frog.
Paper Plate Frogs
Paper plates make a great material for crafts. They are sturdier than most paper, allowing kids to manipulate them easier and create active crafts such as puppets or ornaments. To make a paper plate frog, you will need a paper plate, markers and construction paper. The body of frog is the plate folded in half. Have kids glue the edges. They can make a "fat frog" by inserting crumpled paper inside the plate before it is glued, providing bulk. Have kids draw a face. Attach legs and a tongue cut out from the construction paper. Though the materials are the same, each frog will be different.
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