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Make Paper Plate Frogs in Your Preschool Classroom

written by: Alicia • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 8/2/2012

This craft is a great way to teach your students about frogs, and the paper plates make the activity budget-friendly. This craft is easy enough for preschool students, with some assistance, but can be used in kindergarten or first grade as well.

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    You will need the following items to complete your frog:

    1. Paper plate
    2. Red construction paper
    3. Green construction paper
    4. Google eyes
    5. Scissors
    6. Staple gun
    7. Glue
    8. Green paint
    9. Paint brush
    10. Newspapers
    11. Pencil
    12. Plastic (pretend) fly

    Follow the directions below to create your paper plate frog:

    1. Lay a sheet of newspaper over each student's desk. This will make for easy clean up.
    2. Assist the children with putting on their painting smocks or t-shirts.
    3. Give each student a paper plate and some green paint. Have the students paint the paper plate green. Set the plates aside to dry.
    4. While the paper plates are drying students need to draw the frog hands and feet. They can draw them on green construction paper and then cut them out. They can make the hands and feet any way they like so that each frog will look different. Make sure that each arm and leg is long enough to glue underneath the frog's body.
    5. Draw a tongue on a piece of red or pink construction paper and cut it out. Make sure that it is a little bigger than actually needed so that it can be placed inside of the frog's mouth and still hang out of it.
    6. Take the green paper plate and place it in front of you like you would do if you were going to put food on it. Fold it in half so that the sides meet and touch one other. Stick the tongue in the middle and have it hang out. Now quickly staple the paper plate shut.
    7. Add a pair of google eyes to the frog's body close to the tongue.
    8. Glue the feet underneath the back of the frog's body and have them stick out the back.
    9. Glue the arms of the frog underneath the front sides of the frog's body. Have them stick out as well.
    10. Now glue a plastic fly to the frog's tongue.
    11. Wait for the glue to dry and then enjoy.