Pet Rock Frog Tutorial for Preschoolers
Your preschool students will love making their own painted pet rock frogs, perfect for the spring weather approaching. Painted pet rocks are a definite craze among kids! They are super easy to make and so much fun to paint. This painted pet rock frog tutorial is perfect for at home or in the preschool classroom.
Frogs fascinate preschoolers because they hop out of some of the most unexpected places. Now, your preschoolers can paint their pet frogs to keep at home or in their gardens. We love this activity to bring nature into the classrooms for an Pond Theme Activity or to celebrate World Frog Day!
*We recommend having the child wear a painting shirt or smock because acrylic paint tends to be a little tougher to remove from fabric!
Let's Get Started!
Start by gathering your rocks. You can either hunt outside for the perfect rock or a grab a bag of crafting rocks from your local craft store. We recommend finding rocks that are smoother and flatter. It's always fun to have your preschoolers hunt for the perfect rock because it has them naturally comparing and contrasting to choose the best one!
Once you have picked out the perfect rock, you will wash and thoroughly dry the rock.
After the rock is dry, preschoolers will have their paint ready to go, and they will start by painting the bottom side of the rock a darker shade of green. This is an excellent opportunity to remind preschoolers how much paint to use so they only add a little.
Let the paint dry for a few minutes, and it tends to try quickly!
Then have the child flip the rock over to paint a red mouth for their frog. Again allow a few minutes for trying, then finish painting the remainder of the rock green.
Set the rock down and allow it a bit of time to completely dry. The rocks tend to dry pretty quickly!
Add the googly eyes with a glue stick or liquid glue then the pet frog is complete. If you're having trouble getting the googly eyes to stick an adult can assist by using a hot glue gun.
Once the rock is dry the child can finish decorating their pet frog with the lighter shade of green or they can be creative and choose a different color. Print off a few pictures of frogs to display on the table, it always helps give preschoolers an extra visual if needed.
This pet frog rock is so simple to make and preschoolers love to be able to carry their pets around or keep them safe in a garden. This is a great activity to include during your Pond Animals thematic unit.
You can also pair this activity with the story I Don't Want to be a Frog and invite your preschoolers to make different pet rocks as long with the frogs.
We hope you enjoyed this activity and can't wait to see your pet frog friends!
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