Frog Fun

Monday

  • Learn About Frogs
  • Hop Like A Frog
    • The South African Sharp Nosed Frog can jump 130″ in a single leap. The American Bullfrog averages 72″. Use a piece of chalk to draw an 11′ line on the sidewalk. If inside, use a piece of masking tape. Mark where the Bullfrog and Sharp Nosed Frog can jump to on the line.
    • Challenge your child to see how far they can jump. Have them stand at one end of the line and jump as far as they can. Mark where they land. Take a turn yourself and mark where you land. Discuss who was able to jump further, you or the frogs.
    • Have your child return to the end of the line. Have them count how many jumps it takes to get the to Bullfrog line and the Sharp Nosed Frog line. How many jumps does it take you? Ask your child “Who took more jumps to get to the Bullfrog? Why do you think that is?”

Tuesday

  • Practicing Letters
    • Write the letters F-R-O-G on sticky notes (one letter per sticky note). In random order, stick the sticky notes to a wall or white board at a level your child can reach.
    • Have your child name the letters. Talk about the sounds the letters make. Tell your child that these letters make up the word FROG.
    • Help your child to sound out the word, one sound at a time, and put the letters order.
    • Have your child write the word FROG on a piece of paper, or on the white board if you are using one.
    • Depending on your child’s alphabetic knowledge, you can also do this activity using lower case letters.
  • “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”
    • Read the book or sing the song. You can find it by clicking here.
    • Have your child draw 5 frogs and cut them out. There are also frogs to print and color located under the additional resources below.
    • Sing the song again while having your child remove one frog each time.

Wednesday

  • Frog Observations
    • Go for a walk and look for signs of frogs at a pond. In the spring, also look for frog eggs and tadpoles.
    • If you’re feeling adventurous, take a net and a clear container with a lid (like a kritter keeper). Catch a frog to observe, then release it back in to the pond.
    • Discuss with your child the different parts of the frog (legs, eyes, etc), what color the frog is, where the frog lives, what sounds it makes.
  • Draw A Frog
    • Have your child draw a picture of a frog. Discuss with them what colors they will need to draw their frog. You can also discuss the parts of the frog they are going to draw.
    • Help your child to label their drawing. You can use the sticky notes from Tuesday for them to write FROG at the top. Work with them to label other parts, such as the mouth, legs, body, etc. Depending on the stage your child is at, you can write the words for them. Or, ask them what sounds they hear for the different words, and help them to sound them out. Correct spelling is not important at this age.

Thursday

  • Frog Life Cycle
    • Discuss with your child the life cycle of a frog. Here are a few resources:
    • For fun, you could sing the following song to help your child remember the stages of the life cycle. (Sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
      • The frog lays her eggs.
      • The frog lays her eggs.
      • Hi-ho a derrio,
      • The frog lays her eggs.
      • repeat with:
        • A tadpole hatches out…
        • The tadpole grows legs…
        • The tadpoles tail is gone…
        • Now we have a frog…
  • Read: “Frog On A Log”
    • If you don’t have the book, you can read it here.
    • Play a rhyming game with your child.
      • Say “If I were a … (cat, bear, mouse, etc) I would sit on a…?”
      • Have your child come up with a rhyming word for the animal you named, then repeat the rhyme.
      • Switch, and have your child say the phrase with an animal of their choice. You come up with the rhyming word.

Friday

Frog Counting Grid
  • Counting Frogs
    • Print the frog chart found under additional resources and have your child practice 1:1 Correspondence. (Directions at bottom of chart)
  • Frog Story
    • Take time to write a frog story with your child. You can start with a prompt, such as ‘Once upon a time there was a little frog’ or allow them to start their own way.
    • Write your child’s words on blank sheets of paper. Have them draw pictures for each page.
    • Make sure to make a cover. Have your child write the title of their book and their name.
    • Staple the pages together and have your child share their book. You can also record your child sharing their book and send to family members to see.

Additional Resources

Bridges with “Three Billy Goats Gruff”

For this week I thought we would focus our learning around bridges. The activities below are broken up over the five days. Don’t feel as if you have to follow the schedule exactly as it is. You are free to do whichever activities you want on whichever days work best for you.

Monday

  • Read “Three Billy Goats Gruff”
    • If you don’t have the book, you can read it here. I recommend turning the sound off and reading the story to your child, rather than just having them listen to it.
    • While reading, ask questions such as
      • Should the Billy Goats Cross the bridge? Why?
      • What is another way the Billy Goats could get to the green meadow?
      • What do you think will happen next?
      • How do you think the Billy Goat feels? The Troll?
      • What do you think happened to the Troll?
  • Stick Puppets
    • Make stick puppets to go along with the story. You can have your child draw their own Billy Goats and Troll, or you can print these and have your child color them. Cut them out and tape or glue sticks or straws to the backs.
    • While your child is working on making their Billy Goats, discuss with them the sizes of the Billy Goats.
      • Which is the smallest? The biggest?
      • Can you line them up from smaller to biggest?

Tuesday

  • Paper Clip Measuring
    • Show your child how to hook paper clips together to make a chain.
    • Have your child hook together paper clips to make the same length as different items around your home (toys, books, shoes, etc).
    • Have your child count how many paper clips long/wide/tall each item is.
    • Discuss which items are bigger, and which are smaller.
  • Learn About Bridges
  • Music and Movement

Wednesday

  • Investigate A Bridge
    • Find a park with a bridge that your child can safely investigate.
    • Allow your child to explore the bridge. Look at the different parts. Discuss what shapes they see, what the bridge is made out of, what it is used for.
    • Bring paper and colored pencils/crayons and have your child draw a picture of the bridge.
  • Recall “Three Billy Goats Gruff”
    • Ask your child what they remember about the book “Three Billy Goats Gruff”.
      • If your child remembers many details, have them retell the story using the stick puppets you made on Monday.
      • If your child is struggling to recall details, have them use the stick puppets to act out the story as you read it to them.

Thursday

  • Listen to the song “Engineers Solve Problems!”
    • You can listen to it here. This is a fun book to read, if you have access to it.
    • Review the steps an engineer uses. Write them down with your child.
      • Ask your child what letter sound they hear at the beginning of each step. Have them write the beginning letter. You write the rest of the letters
      • If they are ready, have them sound out more letters in the words and write them down. Correct spelling is not important. Focus on hearing the sounds.
  • Make Patterns With Sounds
    • Discuss with your child that a pattern is sounds, colors or objects that repeat.
    • An example from “Three Billy Goats Gruff” is when the Billy Goats went ‘trip, trap, trip, trap’ on the bridge.
    • Have your child come up with patterns using their bodies.
      • Example: Clap, Stomp, Clap, Stomp

Friday

  • Build A Bridge
    • Tell your child that they need to build a bridge to help the Billy Goats safely cross the river.
    • Review the steps that an engineer uses from “Engineers Solve Problems!”
      • Ask- What’s the problem? How can Billy Goats safely cross river?
      • Imagine- Brainstorm how they can build a bridge.
        • What materials do you have around your home that could be used for building a bridge?
      • Plan- Draw a picture of the bridge they will build. Gather materials.
      • Build- Have your child use the gathered materials to build a bridge.
      • Test- Have your child place small objects no the bridge to see if it will hold.
        • toy cars or animals, pennies, dominos, etc
      • Improve- If the bridge doesn’t work, ask how they can improve it.
  • To extend the fun with your child’s bridge, consider these activities
    • Have your child use paper clips to measure their bridge. If you or a sibling also built a bridge, have them measure that bridge, too. Which is longer? Taller?
    • Have your child use the stick puppets from earlier in the week to retell the story of “Three Billy Goats Gruff”.