GREAT FOR LEAP YEAR!
Looking for Art, Games, Snacks, Jokes, Decorations, Trivia, Book List, or Party Activities with a Frog Theme? Have ‘Toad-ally Awesome’ fun with the following ideas!
Updated February, 2016
LOTS OF FROG THEME GAMES!
PIN THE CROWN ON THE FROG
Enlarge a picture of a frog and cut out gold crowns in proportion to the frog.
As in pin the Tail on the Donkey, kids are blindfolded, spun around and try to pin the crown on top of the frog’s head.
Play PIN THE TONGUE ON THE FROG
(A version of the ‘Crown’ idea up above)
This can be played in a circle, a line, or as a “Froggie Says____” game. Give children a variety of “hopping” commands such as:
- Hop in one place.
- Hop and turn in a circle at the same time.
- Hop on left/right foot.
- Hop backwards, sideways; make a square or circle.
- Hop over a line.
- Hop with a partner.
- Hop quietly to line up.
PLAY ‘CATCH THE FLY!’ Have children get into pairs with pairs trying to “catch flies” by tossing raisins into each others mouths.
FROG STRAW RELAY GAME
- Cut out two frogs from tissue paper. (Good ideas to make a couple extra frogs)
- Form two teams and each has a straw.
- The kids have to pick up the tissue frog while sucking in on the straw and run to the other side of the room; they run back and the next player has to do it again.
- First team sitting wins.
FROG HOP RELAY
This game is for 6 or more players, and should be played in an open area.
1. Form two even teams.
2. The first players from each team get into frog position, squatting with their hands on the ground.
3. While making frog sounds, they “frog hop” to the end of the playing field and back.
4. When they return, the next person on each team does the same .
RIBBIT, RIBBIT, JUMP! (Or “Frog, Frog, Tadpole”)
Here is a different version of “Duck, Duck, Goose”…
The player is tapped on the head when the word “jump” is said.
They must hop and try to catch the other player who must also hop around and get back to the empty spot.
LILY PAD LEAP FROG (Version #1)
Fill a child’s wading pool with water; put in lily pads made from craft foam. Toss small plastic frogs in such a way that they land on the lily pads and score points.
FROG JUMPING GAME (Version #2)
1. Paint the bottom of a large cardboard box (with low sides) blue. The blue is the water.
2. Put some small green paper plates on the ‘water’. These are lily pads.
3. Purchase small toy frogs and have children toss the frogs onto the ‘lily-pads’.
Optional: Put numbers on the pads and add the points up as the frogs land on the pads.
FEED THE FROG!
Draw flies on small balloons or water balloons and toss them into a basket or bucket representing a Frog. (You could draw and attach a large frog on the container) Beanbags or black balloons could also be used as the ‘flies’.
- Print out as many frogs (in what ever version you prefer) and hide them.
- Have the kids search for hidden frogs around the party room or outside.
Young kids would enjoy picking out a floating frog in a wading pool, sink, or tub. Have a prize correlated to the number placed on the bottom of the frog.
Buy stretchy frogs, and have a FROG FLINGING CONTEST to see who can fling their frogs the furthest. (Some can be purchased online at Oriental Trading) Write numbers on ‘sticky notes’ (5-10-15, etc.) and tape them Bulls-Eye style on a wall or door. Who can get the most points?
HAVE A CROAKING CONTEST!
Have kids croak and make noises the frogs would make.
Award prizes for the most realistic, musical, funniest, silliest, softest sounding, loudest, croakiest, etc.
Play MUSICAL TOAD STOOLS, like Musical Chairs-or-MUSICAL LILLY PADS
Instead of chairs, you could use green card stock and cut out lily pads about 18″ wide.
PLAY SLIMY (or SQUIRMY) FROG
It’s just like hot potato using a plastic, plush toy, or rubber frog; pass him quickly because frogs are squirmy!
Instead of Simon Says, play ‘Froggy Says’!
Idea: CAN YOU MAKE OR PURCHASE A FROG PINATA?
LEAP FROG GAME
1. If you are playing in a group with more than three players, you start by lining up in single file.
2. The first person in the line takes a few steps forwards and then bends over to make the first frog.
3. The next person in the line then leaps the first frog, carries on for a few steps and then bends over to make the second frog.
4. The third person in the line then has to run and leap frogs one and two and then bends over to make the third frog.
5. This carries on until all the players have jumped.
This can be played with one line or in Teams.
If you are playing with 2 or three children to a line–introduce a MATH component to the ‘Leap Frog’ and MEASURE HOW FAR each child jumps!
Put a blue cloth or blue roll paper on a table.
Place lily pads cut out from construction paper on top of the table covering.
Have kids toss plastic frogs from a distance trying to land them on lily pads.
VARIETY OF FUN IDEAS…
SPLAT LIKE A FROG PAINTING…
Suggestion: Do this outside…
- Place butcher paper on the floor/cement and tape down.
- Fill a nylon stocking with popcorn kernels.
- Fill trays with paint.
- Have children dip the filled stocking into the paint trays and drop the filled stocking to the ground while they hang onto the end. It will bounce up just like a frog’s tongue.
Use FROG PRINTABLES for the kids to COLOR.
DRAW A FROG
First, make the body of the frog by either dipping a finger in green paint, pressing it to a ‘green’ stamp pad, or drawing the body shape and coloring it in.
Next, following the example, draw the eyes at the top of the body. (TIP – placing the eyes first – gives the ‘artist’ more perspective in where to place the arms.)
Finish off with bent stick legs and feet of your choice. KA decided to add small fingerprint green feet and then outlining them. (Image by KidActivities.net)
Have FROG BOOKS AND PUZZLES available for the kids to read and play during the theme.
IDEA: How about adding ‘Green’ food coloring or Kool-Aid to you favorite play dough-goop and slime recipes?!
MAKE A FROG PLATE PUPPET
- Paint the bottom side of a paper plate green and the top side red.
- When it is dry- make a mouth; fold it in half so that the red is inside.
- Glue eyes on top and have children put two small dots on it for a nose.
- On the inside tape or glue a long red tongue made of construction paper.
- Have the kids can curl the tongue around a pencil to make it curly
Saw this on Discount School Supplies website….
PLANET FROG® – LIVE FROG HABITAT
A place where you can watch live tadpoles magically transform into frogs. Watch as your frog swims in its own pond and explores the surrounding rain forest habitat. Learn why frogs play an important role in the environment and the world in which we live. Includes mail-in coupon for a live tadpole. Manufacturer requires a $5.99 P/H fee with coupon.
Item #: 8WWTAD Your Price: $28.95 (2013)
Click to the Frugal/Money Saving Category of this site to learn how to save 10% on all orders!
Besides the above… Discount School Supply has many other “Frog Themed” items— I don’t have anything to do with Discount School Supply– just think they have some really good things!
FROG THEME SNACKS
LIME SHERBET FROG
Green decorators’ gel
Green gummy ring candy
1. To make one, set a scoop of lime sherbet on a small green paper plate (trim the plate to resemble a lily pad first, if you like).
2. Cut one green gummy ring candy into quarters and place the four pieces under the sherbet scoop for feet.
3. Set a Junior Mint candy and half a gummy ring in place for each eye. Finally, add a green decorators’ gel mouth and nostrils. Source: FamilyFun.com
- Put one scoop of lime sherbet into a cup.
- Add 7-Up or Sprite.
- Add miniature marshmallows or M&M’s to the sherbet for the frog’s eyes.
SERVE CUPCAKES DECORATED WITH GREEN FROSTING
Make a batch of FROG SUGAR COOKIES using a frog cookie cutter.
The children can decorate them with green frosting, candies, and sprinkles…
OR kids could also decorate plain sugar cookies as the cupcakes above are decorated.
Add a variety of jellybeans and decorations to make frog faces and red shoestring licorice for the mouth/tongues.
- Combine 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin and 3 pkg. (3 oz. each) lime flavored gelatin in a large bowl.
- Add 4 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved.
- Pour into a 9 x 13 pan and chill until set (at least one hour).
- Using a cookie cutter, cut frog shapes from green jello.
- Dip small marshmallows in whipped topping to keep eyes in place on the Jell-O frog. (From Cassie/Mi.)
LILY POND SNACKS
1 spoonful soft cream cheese
Blue food coloring
1/2 English Muffin
3 cucumber slices
1 Gummy Frog
- Tint the cream cheese with blue food coloring and spread on English muffin halves.
- Peel and slice cucumbers into very thin rounds.
- Cut a wedge from each cucumber slice and place 3 on top of the cream cheese.
- Put the gummy frog in the “pond.” (Submitted by Cassie/Mi.)
OREO FROG COOKIE
For each cookie you need:
2 miniature pretzel twists
1 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookie
1/4 tsp. ready-to-spread vanilla frosting
2 candy-coated chocolate pieces (m&m’s)
ATTACH pretzels to bottom of the cookie with some frosting for the frog’s feet.
PLACE the pretzel-side down, on plate.
USE remaining frosting to attach candies to top of cookie for the eyes. Let cookies stand until the frosting is firm.
(Image by KidActivities.net)
Other Snack Ideas:
- Combine lime sherbet with 7-Up soda for a SWAMPY PUNCH. Place a plastic frog in the punch for further decoration.
- Freeze raisins (Flies) into ice cubes for added decoration in the punch.
- FROG LEGS (chicken wings)
- FLIES ON A LOG (peanut butter on celery with raisins on top)
- FLY DIP (black bean dip) with nachos and chips
- FROG LOG MIX (Chex Mix with extra pretzels)
- Green M&Ms
- Green chocolate mints
- Gummy frogs
- Chocolate raisins
- FROG AND FLY GUT SANDWICHES (With a cookie cutter, cut bread into frog shapes and fill with any thing)
- Anything Green: Green apples, Green Jell-O, Green grapes, Green gummy worms…
- Balloons and streamers in different shades of green and pearly white …
- Make a sign for the program door that says ‘Hop this way to our party!’ (Or “Celebration” or “Pad”)
- Put up frog posters and clip art on the walls
- Tableware in green solid colors as well
- Make lily pads from green paper and make a path down the hallway (or to your front door) into your theme room!
- Give the effect of a pond using a blue/green tablecloth for your table
- Place green plants (silk or real) all about the rooom
- For a table centerpiece, place a stuffed frog in the center of the table and attach a few balloons
- Confetti thrown on the table in green party colors, would also be fun
- Green m&ms would be an added treat on the table…
- Further decorations include placing Lily Pads all over the room– with frog cut outs hanging down from the ceiling with string.
PRIZES (Purchase at such places as Oriental Trading)
- Frog stickers
- Frog erasers
- Frog coloring books
- Frog key chains
- Green goop, etc.
- Have green small bags for the children to take home their prizes or art work, etc.
LOOKING FOR IDEAS TO USE ON BULLETIN BOARD, DOOR OR ____?
Maybe some of the following ideas will get you ‘HOPPING’!
- “Welcome to My Pad” (On the door or Information Board)
- “Take a Leap Into _____!” (Example: Grade 5 or SAC)
- “Leap into ______” (Beginning of Year Welcome)
- Welcome to ___________’s Pad!
- “I’m HOPPY You’re Here!”
- “Toad”ally Awesome ________”
FOR INCENTIVE CHARTS:
- “The Pond of Fame”
- “Hoppin Good Helpers”
- “Hoppy Helpers!”
- “Hop To It With _______!”
LITERACY & BOOK MARKS
- “Leap into a Good Book!”
- “Hop into a Good Book!”
- “Books are Toad-ally Awesome”
FROG MUSIC & MOVIES
The Rainbow Connection – sung by Kermit the Frog.
It’s not Easy Being Green -sung by Kermit the Frog.
Froggy Went a Courtin – The English Folk Song…People of all ages like this one!
*DON’T FORGET THE MUPPET MOVIES!
With all the frog activities, the most famous frog ever has to be included…Kermit!
*Disney Princess and the Frog Movie~Release 2009
CLick Here for JOKES ABOUT FROGS (Frog jokes near page botom of category)
FINGER PLAY, POEMS, AND Song (For young children)
FIVE LITTLE FROGS
Five little speckled frogs
Sitting on a hollow log
Eating some most delicious bugs
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool…
Now there are four speckled frogs
(…and so on in descending order )
FIVE LITTLE TADPOLES
Five little tadpoles swimming near the shore,
The first one said, “Let’s swim some more.”
The second one said, “Let’s rest awhile.
The third one said, “Swimming makes me smile.”
The fourth one said, “My legs are growing long.”
The fifth one said, “I’m getting very strong.”
Five little tadpoles will soon be frogs,
They’ll jump from the water and sit on logs.
Sung to “Frere Jacques”
Little tadpole, Little tadpole
Lost his tail, lost his tail.
Now he has two feet
Now he has four feet
Look a frog! Look a frog!
A little green frog once lived in a pool
The sun was hot and the water cool,
He sat in the pool the whole day long,
And sung a dear little, queer little song,
“Juaggery do, Quaggery dee,
No one was ever so happy as me.”
CHILDREN’S FROG BOOK LIST (Most are for younger kids)
- Bullfrog Grows Up – Rosamond Dauer
- Fish is Fish – Leo Lionni
- Frog in Love – Max Velthuijs
- Frog in the Middle – Susanna Gretz
- Frogs – Gail Saunders-Smith
- Frogs and Toads – Katy Bratun
- From Tadpole to Frog– Wendy Pfeffer
- It’s Mine – Leo Lionni
- Jump Frog Jump! – Robert Kalan
- Lizards and Salamanders – Nancy Winslow Parker & Joan Wright
- The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess) by E.D. Baker
- The Caterpillar And The Polliwog – Jack Kent
- The Wide-Mouthed Frog – Rex Schneider
- The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-up Book – Keith Faulkner
FYI-DID YOU KNOW? (Some interesting information to share with kids…)
IS IT A FROG OR A TOAD? Many don’t know the difference between frogs and toads. They are quite different animals, although they belong to the same animal group.
- Need to live near water
- Have smooth, moist skin that makes them look ‘slimy’.
- Have a narrow body
- Have higher, rounder, bulgier eyes
- Have longer hind legs
- Take long high jumps
- Have many predators
- Do not need to live near water to survive
- Have rough, dry, bumpy skin
- Have a wider body
- Have lower, football shaped eyes
- Have shorter, less powerful hind legs
- Will run or take small hops rather than jump
- Do not have many predators. A toad’s skin lets out a bitter taste and smell that burns the eyes and nostrils of its predators—Much like a skunk does!
- A group of frogs is called an “army”?
- A group of toads is called a “knot”.
AND…neither frogs nor toads will give you warts! That is just a myth.
FROG SOUNDS… Every different species of frog makes it’s own special sound — it’s only the male frog that can croak. They have a small sac in their throats that vibrates the air as they slowly let it out.
The sounds that frogs make are not what you’d expect. Did you know that there are frogs that chirp? Others can whistle, croak, ribbit, peep, cluck, bark and grunt. (Remember this if you have the ‘Frog Croaking Contest mentioned in the above Frog Games!)
DID YOU KNOW????
- Frogs don’t drink water they absorb it through their skin.
- Frog bones form a ring when the frog is hibernating–just like trees do! Scientists can use these rings to figure out the age of a frog.
WHAT DO FROGS EAT?
- Frogs and toads are carnivores, which means that they will eat meat.
- Small to medium sized frogs eat insects such as flies, mosquitoes, moths and dragonflies. Larger frogs will eat larger insects like grasshoppers and worms.
- Some large frogs will even eat small snakes, mice, baby turtles, and even other smaller frogs!
- Most frogs will starve before they eat a DEAD insect or animal.
- Frog’s tongues are attached to the front of their mouths rather than at the back like humans. When a frog catches an insect it throws its sticky tongue out of it’s mouth and wraps it around its prey. The frog’s tongue then snaps back and throws the food down its throat.
MORE FYI AND LESSON INFO…
EYESIGHT…Frogs have very good eyesight. They bulge out the sides of their heads in order for the frog to see in nearly all directions.
HEARING…Frogs also have amazing sense of hearing. You can often tell the difference between a male and female frog by the size of their eardrum, which can be seen behind their eyes. If the eardrum is smaller than the eye, the frog is a female. On males their eardrum is the same size as the eye.
LEGS…Frogs have very powerful back legs and webbed feet that help them jump great distances, as well as, swim. Frogs even use their legs to dig, or burrow, underground for hibernating. Certain frogs can jump up to 20 times their own body length in a single leap.
APPEARANCE…Every different species of frog has his or her own look. They come in many colors, patterns and sizes.
PREDATORS…Frogs have many predators. Animal predators include birds, fish and reptiles.
RAINFOREST…Most rainforest frogs have pads of sticky hairs on their fingers and toes, as well as, loose sticky skin on their bellies, that make them great climbers to escape their predators. Many of these frogs live in high trees for safety.
CAMOUFLAGING…Other frogs are very good at camouflaging themselves so that they blend in with their environment, making it harder for their enemies to find them. A frog can change the color of its skin depending on its surroundings.
MATING…When male frogs are ready to mate they will ‘call’ out to the female frogs. Each different species of frog has their own special sound and that is the sound that the same species of female frog will answer to. Some frogs are so loud they can be heard a mile away! After they meet, they find a suitable spot to mate and lay their eggs.
The male frog will hug the female from behind and as she lays eggs, usually in the water, the male will fertilize them. After that the eggs are on their own, to survive and become tadpoles. There are a few species of frogs that will look after their babies, but not many.