Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Plastic Frog Habitat and Games

One activity the kids are especially fond of is a little habitat for their plastic frogs.  I fill up a plastic tub with water add a log and some Lilly pads out of craft foam, and voila - hours of fun play ensue!

Balancing the frogs on the foam Lilly pads is a wonderful fine-motor activity.  Anything involving water is terrific sensory play for the little ones.  As a bonus, we incorporate some math games in this activity as well.

I ask the girls to put five frogs on the log and then we sing the song "Five little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log.."  When it gets to the part where "one jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool", the girls take a frog off the log and drop him into the water.  We count how many frogs are left.  They usually ask me to repeat the song many times.

We also like to do frog matching:

E enjoys helping the "Mommy and Daddy frogs" find each other.  There are lots of other great learning opportunities as well.  While the girls play we discuss what frogs eat, how they start out as tadpoles, what their skin is like, etc.. So much fun!

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