Fabulous Frogs!

Today we are celebrating National Frog Jumping Day and those wonderful, fascinating, fabulous amphibians — the frog!
Can you jump as far as an American Bullfrog? How about a South African sharp nose frog? Test your jumping skills as we learn about standard and nonstandard measurements and explore the fabulousness of all things frog! Below are activities that all have a Fabulous Frogs! theme. These activities include things that will help your child develop fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving and engineering skills, and can help them engage in cooperative play, while fostering creativity and perseverance. Each theme also comes with recommended literature and movie connections. Feel free to throw in your own activities that might relate, and don’t forget to post your results to social media and tag @discoverymuse to share with everyone else!

Science: Let’s Learn About Frogs

Hop around the pond with Dr. Diane as we learn about the amazing adaptations of our fabulous froggie friends!

Here are some additional resources to learn about our froggie friends:

Hop To It! Physical Activities That Will Have YOU Jumping Like a Frog!

How far does a South African sharp nose frog jump? How about a grasshopper? A red kangaroo? In this activity, you will test your jumping abilities against some very cool amphibians, insects, and mammals as you learn about standard and nonstandard measurement.

Join Dr. Diane as you test your jumping abilities against some very cool amphibians, insects, and mammals while discovering standard and nonstandard measurement.

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Here’s what you’ll need to Jump Like a Frog!

You Will Need:

  • 8 cups
  • 8 animals (use ours or research your own)
  • Index cards or paper
  • Marker, pencil, or crayon
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure

An example of what your jumping set up may look like.

Directions:

  • Decide what 8 mammals, insects, frogs you want to compare. You can use ours or you can research your own.
  • Collect 8 cups, fill them with rocks to keep them from falling over. Make an index card for each of your animals (name and how far it jumps) and tape it to the cup.
  • Find a safe, open space with plenty of room to jump.
  • Put masking tape at your starting line. Use your marker to label it 0 feet.
  • Use your tape measure to measure out 30 feet. Every 5 feet, place a strip of masking tape and label it (5 feet, 10 feet, 15 feet, 20 feet, 25 feet, 30 feet.) These are standard measurements (units of measurement typically used, such as feet, inches, meters, etc.)
  • Place your cups (mammals, insects, frogs) where they would typically land when jumping. In our example, the elephant will be on the 0 foot line and the red kangaroo will be on the 25 feet line.
  • Now, test your jumping ability. Stand on the 0 foot line and see how far you can jump. Do it 2-3 times. Your average jump is going to become our nonstandard unit of measurement (a unit of measurement not typically used, like a teddy bear, a shoe, a Dr. Diane, a YOU).
  • How many YOU measurements (how many jumps) does it take to reach an American bullfrog? A rabbit? A cheetah?
  • You can play many variations of this game. What if the nonstandard unit of measurement is your grown-up’s jump? What happens if it is your little brother or sister?

Extension: Look closely at the legs of the mammals, frogs, and insects you used for this activity. How do they compare in size? How do they compare to each other? How do they compare to a human’s legs? What are some ways human and frog legs are the same and different in size, shape, and the way they move?

You can use these animals for our frog jumping activity — or you can research and create your own animal challenges! Just be sure to include frogs, insects, and mammals.

Learn More!

Apply Now! More Ideas for Frog Jumping and Physical Activity!

Art Activity/Fine Motor Activity Ideas

Fabulous Frog Movie/Literature/Music Connections:

Because we know you’re stuck at home with limited access to movies and books, we tried to compile a list that connects to today’s theme that you might already have in your collection or be able to access online. These include the following:

Being Frog Read Aloud With Handley Regional Library

Miss Katie from Handley Regional Library shares a read aloud of the stunning photographic picture book Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre.

More Froggie Read Alouds

Frog-Related Movies and Videos

Don’t Forget the Froggie Music!

It’s Not Easy Being Green — the ultimate song about being a frog and being yourself by Kermit the Frog