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April Showers bring May Flowers--and FROGS! April is the official
"Frog Month"! What a "ribbeting" experience your children will
have when they try our "frog related crafts."
Empty coffee can or 2 liter soda bottle (make sure there are no sharp edges) Tempera or acrylic paints Permanent Markers 1 can clear acrylic spray paint scissors/ box cutters (for adult to cut bottle off near taper and cut a door)
1. Put newspaper down at work place. 2. Paint designs on can or bottle as desired. 3. Let paint dry. 4. Embellish with markers. Let dry. 5. Have adult spray several coats of clear acrylic spray over "house" to set paint.
6. Place "house outdoors in a moist, shady area there may be
frogs/toads. Push the bottle slightly into the ground to allow
the frog to hop in and out of the door. For a can, lay it on its
side, and put in a little dirt (slightly burying the can) so the frog
can hop in and out of the shelter without changing terrains.
This is a great activity for bilateral motor control. If using markers,
you can address graphic issues. If using paints, to make it more
tactile, have the child use their finger as a brush to apply the paint.
Using markers on a curved surface provides a different experience for
graphic motor control.
Since April is also Recycle Month and Earth Day--using empty bottles and cans fits into these themes too!
Hopping Frogs Game
Green/ Blue Construction paper Glue Stick Markers/ crayons Scissors Small "jumping frogs (These we ordered from Oriental Trading Company--by the gross!)
1. Cut several lily pads out of green construction paper. 2. Glue them onto blue construction paper. 3. Write numbers (or letters) on the lily pads. 4. Decorate the "water" as desired.
5. To play the game give each child a pair of the same color of
frogs. The first child has his frogs try to "hop" onto the lily pads
from outside the paper. They then add up how many points they
have by where their frogs have landed. The player with the most
points--wins! (If using letters of the alphabet, just have them
identify the letters they land on).
craft is great for cutting (simple shapes) skills and for position in
space perception. Using an thumb or index finger to make the
frogs hop can improve intrinsic skills. The numbers on the lily
pads can be used for addition, subtraction or just number or letter