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Use this set of frog science activities to learn more about a frogs life cycle, the differences between frogs and toads, and use the included frog jump activity to practice predicting, measuring and recording.
This 17-page .pdf includes the following activities:
Frog Life Cycle
Inside this set you'll find a frog life cycle poster that uses real images. Use this to introduce and discuss the life cycle of a frog.
There is also a supporting life cycle activity that encourages young children to recreate the life cycle of a frog by placing the images in the correct order on the life cycle mat.
Follow-up with the cut and paste life cycle activity that is available in both a color and black and white version.
So what's the difference between a frog and today anyway?
Find out and encourage preschoolers to look for similarities and differences in the animals.
Learn more about two similar, but different animals-frogs and toads. This activity will help young children learn more about the traits of these two animals. They will learn about the differences associated with their: habitats, body shape, skin, eyes, and hind legs.
This is also the perfect activity to pair with a reading of the book Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel.
See the frog jump measurement activity in Action
For this activity you will need a few basic materials:
Draw the Lily Pads
Work together with your preschoolers to draw lily pads with chalk for the frogs to jump to. You can also use blue chalk to fill in around the lily pads to create a pond.
Alternatively you can do this project indoors using paper plates as lily pads.
Making these little frogs jump requires a lot of hand strength, such a great workout for little fingers.
Preschoolers can try to get their frog to jump from lily pad to lily pad, or anywhere in the pond.
Take a Measurement
Use measuring tape or unifix cubes to measure the distance the frog jumped.
Record the results of each jump
Repeat and Compare
Repeat the procedure several times and compare results.
Do this activity with a friend and compare the results. Make guesses as to why the frogs jump different distances. Is it the color of the frog? The person pressing? Where they press? Where they are at in the pond?
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