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Frog Theme for Preschool

A Frog Theme!  We love frogs, tadpoles and anything else that is slimy, jumps around and likes to play in water and mud!  Here are some great activities for your preschool classroom!

Let the Frog Theme Planning Begin!

You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.

Art Activities

Block Area

Circle Time Activities

Cooking Recipes

Dramatic Play Ideas

Easel Ideas

Gross Motor Games

Library and Literacy

Math And Manipulatives

Music and Movement

Sand and Water Table

Science Activities

Writing Activities

Miscellaneous Ideas

Frog Theme Art

Paper Bag Puppets

Materials Needed: brown or white paper lunch bags, paint, white and black paper scraps, scissors and glue.

The children paint the bags the color they'd like their frogs.

The children cut out, as best they can, large white circles and then 2 smaller black circles (for the eyes and pupils) and glue them on the folded bottom part that will be the face.

Also, provide red/pink paper for them to cut out a tongue.  Curl it by wrapping it around a pencil to make it curl up.

They can use scraps to cut out arms.

Sponge Painting

Cut sponges into frog feet shapes and frog sphere shapes for bodies for sponge painting.

Provide glue and googly eyes!

Frog Masks

In advance, cut out frog head shapes and make the eye holes.

Hole punch the sides for yarn or string.

Let the children decorate with supplies you put out (paint, miscellaneous arts and craft materials,etc.  I would avoid glitter as you don't want that to fall in their eyes when they are wearing their masks.).

When dry, encourage the children to string yarn through the holes and they can then wear them!

Marble Paint Frogs

In advance, cut out frog shapes.

Provide a shallow bin (box cover, cookie sheet, etc.)

Place the frog paper in.

Let the children drop in a few colors of slightly watered down paint.

Drop in a few marbles or bouncy balls.

The children manipulate the box cover or bin back and forth to make the marbles or balls move around the frog!

Green Color Collage Frogs

Provide green everything:  markers, colored pencils, crayons, glitter glue sticks!

Let the children create their own frogs!

Paper Plate Frogs

Needed:  Paper plates, paint, construction paper, googly eyes, marker, scissors.

First, have (or help) the children trace and cut out their hands.

Next, let them paint away on the paper plates.

When dry, the children can glue on wiggly eyes and use their traced hands as the frog's hands!

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Frog Theme Block Center Ideas

The Pond

Add plastic frogs and plastic grass to your block area.  The children can use cylinder shaped blocks for logs and create a block pond area!

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Frog Theme Circle Ideas

Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!


Bring real! or plastic amphibians to circle.  Show and pass around each one.  Ask the children if they know what they are?

(Bring frogs, toads, newts, salamanders).

Name each one with the children.

Tell them that these are all amphibians!

Amphibians are cold blooded; live on water AND on land; do NOT have scales; lay eggs; and many go through---new word for them: metamorphosis!  Like frogs!

Show the children pictures and read from a non-fiction frog book.

5 Green and Speckled Frogs Song Mitt

Needed:  A glove (like a gardening glove); 5 flannel frogs and a flannel log!

Place velcro on the backs of the frogs and the log.

Place the other part of the velcro on the 5 fingers of the glove and on the palm (for the log).

Place a blue pond-shaped piece of flannel or paper on the floor for the pool.

Sing the song using the glove:

Five green and speckled frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool (remove one frog and hop it onto your flannel or paper pool)

Where it was nice and cool

Now there are four green speckled frogs (Hold up four fingers)

Four green and speckled frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Now there are three green speckled frogs

Continue until done!

In The Pond

sung to Farmer in the Dell

This is a Jean Warren song.  I highly recommend anything she makes, writes or publishes!  

The frog lives in the pond.

The frog lives in the pond.

It reaches high to catch a fly,

The frog lives in the pond.

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Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Frog Theme!

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!


Make pancakes with green food coloring.  Use a medium pancake for the body and smaller for the head.

Green and Speckled Frogs on a Log!

Okay, perhaps not speckled as in the song!

Have the children help to spread soft cream cheese into celery "logs"

Have the children help to cut pieces of green peppers, kiwi, or other green food and place 5 frogs on their logs!

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Frog Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Living Near a Pond

Place a small wading pool in your dramatic play area.  Add a large rock, some water, plastic frogs and other pond life bugs and animals!

Place a tent, a sleeping bag, pretend food, flashlights, and a nature CD in that area.

The children can camp out and live near the pond.

Amphibian Store

Show the children books of amphibians.

Set up a store in dramatic play and stuffed animals or plastic amphibian toys:

Frogs, salamanders, newts, toads, etc.

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Frog Theme Ideas for Your Easel

More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

That's a Frog of a Different Color!

Not all frogs are green!  Hang pictures of real frogs around the room.

Let your children paint pictures of frogs with colors or patterns they want them to have!

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Frog Theme Large Group Games


that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Lily Pad Hopping

In advance, cut out many large lily pad shapes from green paper.

Tape to the carpet or floor.

The children hop from pad to pad as the music plays.

They stop and squat and "catch a fly" to eat when the music stops.

EXTENSION:  Program each lily pad with a number or letter and when the music stops,  they call out the letter or number on their lily pad.

Pin the Fly on the Frog's Tongue!

In advance make and hang a large frog (laminate).

Make some flies that have two-sided tape on the back.

The children, blindfolded, try to place the fly on the tongue of the frog!

EXTENSION:  When done, rather than talk about "who missed and who didn't", lead the children in some observational and math questions:

How many flies are ON the frog's tongue?

How many are UNDER?  OVER?

How many are on the frog's eye?

Frog Hatching Game

All the children curl up in a ball or squat down low as though they are frog eggs.

Tell the children they are hatching and becoming tadpoles.

Discuss what tadpoles do and don't have (tails but not legs).

Have them move around like a tadpole.

Tell them they are growing two legs (move with 2 legs).

Now two more!

Now they are frogs!

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Frog Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Area

Book Suggestions for the Library

The following books are available through Amazon by clicking on the title link.

The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set (I Can Read Book 2) a series by Arnold Lobel

Frogs by Gail Gibbons

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London ANY of the Froggy books would be great!

The Icky Sticky Frog by Dawn Bentley

It's Mine! by Leo Lionni

Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan

The Wide-Mouthed Frog (A Pop-Up Book) A Pop-Up Book by Jonathan Lambert

There are so many choices for frog books!  Check out your local library. And don't forget non-fiction books as well as story books!

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Frog Theme Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and Those Small Muscles in their Hands!

Tee Time...With a Cribbage Board?

I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it!  

Use a wooden game board that has holes in it for pegs.  

The children place plastic golf tees in each hole and then balance a marble on each tee!

Great for sorting marbles, counting, one-to-one correspondence and fine motor development!

Frog Path Game

Make your own path game!  Don't be intimidated!  It does not have to be fancy!

Simply have a start and end space on a large piece of construction paper.

Add stickers to get from start to finish.  They could be flies, drawings of rocks or actual rocks glued to the paper!

Give the children plastic frogs to use a player pieces.

Give them a home made or commercial die (I like homemade because then I can program it to have only the numbers we have been working on!).

Let the children make up their own rules on how to play!

I always love writing down their ideas on how to play a game to send home with families!

EXTENSION:  Provide extra materials for your preschoolers to make their own individual games to bring home!

Green and Speckled Play dough Frogs!

Provide green play dough and add small beans (like pea beans).

The children make their own frogs and add speckles.

You could also add frog shaped cookie cutters!

Lily Pad Count

In advance, cut out lily pads.  Print a number on each one (based on the numbers you are working on with your students).

Provide a bowl of plastic frogs.  The place the corresponding number of frogs on each lily pad.

EXTENSION:  In addition to the actual numbers, draw the corresponding number of dots on each pad.  This will help the children to practice rational counting (by counting the dots); 1-1 correspondence by placing a frog on each dot and number recognition by associated the number of dots they counted with the printed numeral.

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Frog Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin!

Musical Leaps!

Play music with different tempos.  Have the children hop around to that tempo or beat like frogs.  They freeze when the music stops.

Musical Lily Pads!

In advance, cut out large lily pad shapes of different colors, or all green with different letters or numbers.  Make 2 of each.

Secure one set on chairs.

Pass the other set out to the children. 

Play music.  The children, holding their lily pad, walk around the chairs looking at the other colors/numbers/letters.  

When the music stops, they must find the matching lily pad and sit on that chair.

Play again by distributing a different lily pad to each child.

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Frog Theme Activities for the Senses!

The Pond

Add blue gravel (found a fish stores), plastic and stuffed frogs, plastic bugs, spoons, cups, etc.

Life Cycle

Add green water beads to your table as well as plastic tadpoles and frogs for life cycle exploration!

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Frog Theme Science Activities for Your Preschool Scientists in Training!

The Most Delicious Bugs!

In your science area provide the following:

A parmesan cheese container!  They have green covers on them that look like frog faces!  Draw on eyes!  

Provide plastic tweezers and all different kinds of bugs for the children to investigate.

They use the tweezers to feed the frog can!

Life Cycle

Cards:  Purchase (or make your own!) life cycle cards for each stage of the cycle:  frog, leaves, frog eggs, tadpole, tadpole growing legs and have the children put them in order.

Manipulatives:  These are great and lifelike and a HUGE hit in our classroom!

Real Tadpoles!

You will need a 5 gallon fish tank, pond water, rocks, tadpoles and tadpole food (found in fish stores) and, of course, tadpoles!

I believe there are places you can order them from.  One year, we actually got ours from my sister-in-law's pool in the spring.  The cover had fallen in and frogs had their babies in the water that collected and there were tons of tadpoles!

Here is another option!

Make journals for the children to document the tadpole's growth.

It is pretty amazing to watch!  The develop 2 feet, then 2 more, then their tail shrinks and they are frogs!

Did you know that tadpoles store food in their tails to eat until they develop into frogs and can make it to land to eat?

Also provide many non-fiction frog books in the science area!

Take a field trip to free the frogs at a local pond.

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Writing Activities for your Frog Theme!

Life Cycle Posters

Provide paper and markers for your children.

Encourage them to draw the frog's life cycle and tell you about it.

Write down what they say to attach to their picture.

Have a pre-printed card with the word "frog" printed on it for those who wish to try it!

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Miscellaneous Activities for Your Frog Theme!


Take a field trip to an aquarium, and spend much time in the amphibian section!

Pet Store

Visit a pet store that has frogs and other amphibians.

Class Room Visitor

Invite a pet store owner or parent to come to class with their frog or other amphibians for the children to check out!

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