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.


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.

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!

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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!


Amphibians

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!


Pancakes!

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

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Frog Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

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!)


Branch Painting

Use branches with leaves or sticks with leaves wrapped on them to paint with items "from the pond).

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Frog Theme Large Group Games

 that help build their muscles while they have fun together


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!

Green and Speckled Playdough

Provide playdough and small beans for the children to make and act out the Speckled Frog song!

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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.

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Frog Theme Activities for the Senses!

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!


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

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Writing Activities for your Frog Theme!


None Yet!

Do you have an idea?  Contact me by clicking here (be sure to let me know that your idea is for the frog theme!).

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Miscellaneous Activities for Your Frog Theme!


Aquarium

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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