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Weekend Fun: Spring Frogs!

Check your back yard or take a walk with your family on one of the many nature trails in Franklin Township: Do you see any frogs? Or toads? How do you know which is which?

Frogs are slimy and have longer legs. Toads are dry and warty and have short legs. Frogs hop! Toads crawl. Toads are larger and like to live in the woods. Frogs like to be near water in the spring, but in the summer you may find them in your garden.

Make a Frog Stick Puppet

What you need:

2 circles approx. 3″ diameter cut from brown or green paper
2 smaller circles, approx. 1 1/2″ – cut from the same paper
2 white circles approx. 1 inch
1 red strip of paper approx. 4″ by 1/2″
Craft stick or cardboard strip
Glue stick
Black marker or crayon

What you do:

  1. Fold one of the large circles in half and glue it to the bottom end of the other circle to form the frog’s mouth.
  2. Glue the white circles on top of the smaller green circles.
  3. Draw the eye centers with the black marker.
  4. Glue the eyes on the large circle above the folded circle.
  5. Curl the red strip of paper around a pencil or your finger and glue inside the mouth so that it curls up.
  6. Tape or glue the craft stick or cardboard strip to the back of the frog.

Extend the Activity:

  • Read any of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series of books.
  • Older students may want to add texture and detail to the frog’s skin by rubbing textures over it with crayons or using a sponge to dab paint in variants of the base color.
  • How would you use this technique to make a toad puppet instead of a frog puppet?

Here are some frog jokes to amaze your parents:

Why are frogs so happy? Because they eat whatever bugs them!

What do you get when you cross a frog with a rabbit? A bunny ribbit!

What did the frog say when he saw library books? Reddit! Reddit! Reddit!

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