When we think of frogs, we often think of lily pads, and vice versa. Freshwater frogs can rest on lily pads, which look like large green leaves floating on the surface of lakes. Lily pads can produce beautiful flowers. If your kids love frogs, entertain them with crafts that depict frogs and lily pads. Then use the crafts for a functional purpose.
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Make a Lily Pad
Lily pads are generally circular with a sharp concave curve. There are a number of ways to make a lily pad craft. You could paint a paper plate green, or you could cover the paper plate with tissue paper squares in various colours of green. You can also use a coffee filter. Scribble on the coffee filter with a green marker. Fill a spray bottle with water and spray the coffee filter once in the centre, and watch the colour run together, creating a watery pattern. Another easy option would be to simply cut a lily pad shape from green construction paper, foam or felt.
Make a Lily Flower
Some lily pads produce beautiful flowers, commonly called water lilies. Create your own water lily by stacking a few white and yellow cupcake liners on top of each other. Glue them together in the centre, and fluff out the layers to look like a flower. You can also create a water lily from the bottom of a white foam drinking cup. Cut off the top of the drinking cup so the side is only an inch high. Cut triangles into the rim to make spiked petals, and then curl the tips of the petals outward.
Make a Frog
No lily pad is complete without a frog to sit on it. A simple idea is to draw or print the outline of a frog's body onto green paper. Cut out the frog. Next, wrap a 10-inch length of craft wire around your thumb to create a spring. Glue the bottom of the spring to the lily pad and your frog to the top of the spring. Kids will love making this frog bounce. Another idea is to cut two of the frog shapes from green cloth or felt. Sew the two shapes together by stitching around the perimeter, leaving a 2-inch space free so you can stuff it with dry beans or cotton filler before stitching completely. This creates a bean bag frog that can sit on the lily pad.
Use the Craft
Let your child write, "Welcome to My Pad" somewhere on the craft and then hang it on his bedroom door. You can use the craft to welcome visitors to your home or classroom by writing, "Thanks for Hopping By" and hanging it in a window next to your door. If you made a bean bag frog, kids can play a game in which they try to toss the frog onto the lily pad. Whoever gets the frog closest to the lily pad wins the game.
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