Kids love animals, and frogs are no exception. So, today we will offer an array of options that allow your kids to engage with cute frog-themed crafts. These creative frog activities will entertain and educate young kids about frogs while fostering their artistic skills. Many options exist, from paper plate frogs and origami frogs to handprint frog crafts and foam cup creations.
Moreover, the National Institute of Health states that encouraging your child’s imagination is integral to social learning and igniting curiosity for future research. So, keep reading to discover new ways to ensure your child’s imagination leapfrogs ahead as they dive into these fun-filled crafts projects. Prepare for a ribbiting time and gather your googly eyes, foam cups, paper, and green paint.
Frog Handprint Crafts
The handprint frog craft allows kids to engage in a hands-on activity that promotes imaginative skills, cognitive development, and hand-eye coordination. It’s also a fun activity and an easy frog craft that helps young children learn about frogs and their characteristics while fostering an appreciation for nature and animals.
What’s more, this simple frog craft can be a memorable keepsake and a great way for the kids to connect with their childhood in the future. My kids still have several cute frogs crafts framed or stored in boxes.
So, what will you need?
- White paper or a lily pad
- Green washable paint
- Googly eyes
- Markers or crayons
- This activity can get messy, so start by covering the working area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth to prevent any mess.
- Guide the little ones as they dip their hand in green washable paint, covering their entire palm and fingers.
- Carefully press the painted hand onto a white piece of paper or cardstock. Make sure the fingers are spread apart, resembling the legs of a frog. Remember, if you want a different background, you can switch the white paper to colored paper.
- Lift the hand of the paper, leaving a handprint behind. This print will serve as the body of the frog.
- Allow the handprint to dry completely.
- Once dry, have the child glue googly eyes onto the handprint near the top of the fingers.
- The kids will draw a smile or other facial features on the handprint, creating a friendly frog face using markers or crayons.
- To complete the project, the child can draw or color lily pads, flies, or other elements around the frog handprint, creating a frog habitat. This step is essential in showcasing a kid’s imagination and attention to detail.
Paper Plate Frog
This easy paper plate frog craft is fun for kids of all ages. This activity can enhance creativity, fine motor skills, and imagination for younger kids and develop concentration for older kids. They provide an opportunity to learn about frogs and their characteristics while engaging in an interactive art activity on rainy days or a crafty morning over the weekend.
For this activity, you’ll need simple supplies, including:
- Green paint
- A paper plate
- Googly eyes
- Green paper
- White paper or cardstock
- Have the kid paint the paper plate green and let it dry to avoid transferring the paint. The green color represents the frog’s body, but you can use different colors to match your child’s imagination.
- Help the little ones as they cut out two large circles from the green construction paper for the frog’s eyes. It’s an easy-peasy process and the perfect time to teach kids about craft safety.
- Using the provided glue, attach the googly eyes to the cut out of the frog’s face.
- Your child will then cut out a long strip of green construction paper for the frog’s tongue and glue it in the frog’s mouth. The strip should be as thin as a frog’s tongue for a realistic look. But remember, you must supervise the cutting process to avoid serious emergencies.
- Lastly, they’ll add some spots for the frog’s body using construction paper, and voila! The kids will have their very own adorable paper plate frog.
Origami Jumping Frog
Like other frog-themed crafts, the Origami jumping frog crafts promote fine motor skills and creativity. In addition, this activity enhances spatial awareness, concentration skills, and the ability to follow instructions. Furthermore, Origami jumping frog crafts offers a fun and engaging way for the kids to learn the art of Origami while encouraging interactive play. In fact, if you read our article about the best puzzles for ADHD kids, you’ll realize this paper frog craft is a perfect alternative.
What you’ll need:
- Square origami paper. Alternatively, use a square piece of colored paper
- A black marker or pencil
- First, the kids will spread the origami paper on a flat surface with their preferred color for the frog’s body facing down.
- Help them fold the paper into a triangle, crease the fold well, and then unfold it. Next, create another triangle by folding the paper in the opposite direction and repeating (Step 2).
- Have them create a diamond shape by folding opposite corners of the triangle towards the center, aligning each side with the triangle’s bottom edge.
- Next, take the bottom part of the diamond in (Step 3) and align it with the top part, crease the fold, and reverse to the diamond shape. Flip the paper and repeat the process on the other side.
- Once both sides are well-creased, ask the child to pull apart the bottom of the diamond-shaped paper and flatten it to form a square.
- With one of the corners facing the child, help them to fold the right and left corners towards the center of the square, lining it up with the top point.
- Step 5 will result in a triangle. Fold the triangle in half from top to bottom and crease the paper before unfolding. Flatten down the unfolded paper and form a creased square.
- Repeat Steps 5 and 6 on the smaller square; the final result will be a rectangle.
- Hold the rectangle by its shorter edges and gently push the longer edges toward each other to collapse the rectangle inward. It will fold into a square shape with two triangular flaps on top.
- While holding the square shape, fold the two flaps downward, aligning them with the bottom edge of the square. These will become the frog’s legs.
- Flip the paper over to the other side, and your creative Origami frog puppets will be complete.
This activity has many steps, but you must have minimal input and allow the kids to complete most steps. It is an excellent activity for hand-eye coordination, social and communication skills, and improved concentration.
Foam Cup Frog Craft
The foam cup frog craft is great for imaginative play, as children can use the frog puppet for storytelling or pretend play. Additionally, it provides a fun way to learn about the frog life cycle and its characteristics while magnifying the concept of repurposing and recycling materials. The foam cup frog craft is lots of fun and one of the best ideas for teachers and parents who want to teach kids about environmental conservation at a young age.
In this activity, you’ll use:
- A foam cup
- Googly eyes
- Green craft foam
- Green pipe cleaners (optional)
- Red foam tongue
- Markers or crayons
- First, supervise the process as the kids cut out different frog pieces, starting with the frog’s legs. Use the green craft foam and cut out four frog leg shapes. The best frog legs are curved and slightly wider on one end.
- Next, the kids will use glue to attach the two legs on each side of the foam cup. Have the kids position the legs near the bottom of the foam cup to resemble frog legs.
- Take the two googly eyes and glue them on the front of the foam cup above the legs. This step will create a cute face for the imaginative frog.
- Once the eyes are in place, attach the red foam tongue inside the cup using the same glue. You can ask them to stick their tongue out slightly from the opening but don’t impose your opinions on them. Remember, this activity aims to tap into your child’s creativity and imagination.
- Next, have the kids create the frog’s arms. Under your supervision, they will cut two short pieces of green pipe cleaner and bend them into an arm shape. Glue the pipes to the sides of the cup, slightly above the legs and below the tongue.
- Provide markers or crayons so the kids can draw a mouth and nostrils on the cup. This is optional, but the kids can use the same markers to create spots on the frog’s body and use extra colored paper to design the frog’s habitat.
- Lastly, allow the glue to dry completely before the kids play with or display the adorable frog crafts.
It’s that simple! Frog crafts for kids are fun, interactive, and essential for your child’s development. What’s more, the requirements for each craft activity are readily available and inexpensive. You only need to set up the kids’ craft room, and your kids will be ready to engage in fun frog-themed crafts. In fact, if you need additional hands-on activities for your little guy, read this article to learn about various rock painting ideas for kids.