FROGS IN THE POND

EXPERIENCES WITH THE ENVIRONMENT

Preparation time: approximately 5 to 10 minutes - Working time with children: 2 x approximately 10 to 15 minutes - plan for one day's drying time

INTRODUCTION

What noise do frogs make? "Quack, quack", "mmmm, mmmm", "oak, oak" or "app, app"? In spring and early summer , you can hear a frog concert on ponds and other bodies of water. Depending on the type of frog, this can be loud and resonant calls or just a slight growl. With a bit of luck and a cautious approach to the waters, you will be able to watch frogs with your children. Most of the time, the shy animals will remain hidden and you will only be able to hear them.

But even if the children can only hear the frogs, their interest will be awakened. Young children particularly enjoy imitating animal noises and jump around with joy like happy frogs.

If the animals cannot be observed in nature, the children learn their appearance via illustrations in picture books or encyclopedias. They then create simple frog figures on water lily leaves as window pictures for the group room or home.

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Pedagogic aims

  • The experience of nature, e.g. walk in the spring to a pond with frog spawning: discover the natural habitat of frogs.
  • Get to know frogs: Special features of these animals, what do they look like? How do they move? What do they eat? What noises do they make?
  • More in-depth: get to know the life cycle of frogs
  • Learn a new technique: colour round coffee filters
  • Developing fine motor skills with colouring, cutting and glueing
  • Train hand-eye coordination
  • Increase endurance and concentration
  • Promote joy in creative design
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Material and resources

  • Round paper filter (coffee filter) in white, 94 mm diameter
  • Marker in green, black
  • Plate or large cover; pipette and cups, alternatively spray bottle
  • Coloured paper in light and dark green, white, black; glossy paper in light and dark green
  • Pencil, ruler, compass, scissors, hole-punch
  • UHU stic ReNATURE or UHU stic

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Preparations

  • Most of the time, preparation by adults is necessary for creative activities with children under the age of three; this is also the case here. Adults create the basic shapes for the children, which the children then cut to shape or cut in the middle.
  • The preparation time is between 5 and 10 minutes, before the actual creative activity is performed with the children.

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Step-by-step plan

It is best to spread the craft activity over two days so that the first finished water lily leaves can dry overnight.

Water lily leaves

Preparations

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Step 1

Fill a cup or bottle with water.

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Step 2

Set out the round coffee filter, plate or cover, green marker and pipette.

Design process with children

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Step 1

To achieve beautiful colour gradients, the children first paint the round coffee filters with a green marker.

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Step 2

Place the painted filters on a plate or cover and using a pipette, apply droplets of water until the green colour has run. Alternatively, moisten the coffee filter with a spray bottle.

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Step 3

Allow to dry overnight. Cut the triangle from a coloured circle.

Frog

Preparations

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Step 1

Make a fork pom-pom for the hair: Place a wool thread about 80 cm long between the centre prongs of the fork.

  • Body: circle in dark green, 7 cm diameter
  • Head: circle in bright green, 5 cm diameter 
  • Feet: Circle in bright green, 2 cm diameter 
  • Eyes: Strips in white, 1 cm wide

Design process with children

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Step 1

The adult holds the shapes so that the children can cut them. Cut a circle through the middle, use one half each for the body and the head. Use both halves of the small circle for the legs.

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Step 2

Cut two small pieces from the white stripes for the eyes.

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Step 3

With the hole-punch, punch out points for the pupils.

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Step 4

Stick the two body halves together with UHU Stic or with UHU Stic ReNATURE.

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Step 5

Stick black hole-punch discs as pupils onto the white eye pieces.

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Step 6

Stick the eyes to the head.

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Step 7

Draw the mouth with a black or green marker.

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Step 8

Stick the frog onto the coloured coffee filter, i.e. onto the water lily leaf.

Eva Danner und Beate Vogel

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Tips

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©2017 UHU GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl (Baden) and Elke Fox. Workstep photos: Eva Danner, Beate Vogel. Photo Page 1 top left and page 2 top: © johnmerlin / Fotolia.com; Illustration Page 5: kerstiny / Fotolia.com. Editorial staff and other photos: Elke Fox.