Montessori Inspired Frog Activity Trays for Preschoolers

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

In my Instagram, I shared that we’ve been observing frogs (tadpoles) in the park for weeks now.  This has fascinated the boys, most especially Vito.  To extend this learning experience I prepared activity trays (again, a favourite!) tailored for him so we can explore this new discovery. Montessori Inspired Frog Activity Trays for Preschoolers
FROG ANATOMY

The boys were fascinated with our Shark Anatomy Model that I couldn’t resist not getting this Frog Anatomy Model too!  Vito couldn’t put it all together yet, but this is a good learning material to use to introduce the child to what the inside of a frog looks like.

Frog Anatomy Model
BEGINNING LETTER SOUND ACTIVITY (Ff)

Vito was getting his groove back in practicing letter sounds so I ended up making beginning sound cards identification.  He enjoyed our BINGO alphabet game from last year (FREE Beginning Sound BINGO Sheets) so I decided to make another one but each sheet will focus on one letter.  So the object of this activity is to be able to identify those starting with the letter Ff (sound).  We also use this to play "I Spy” game.

BEGINNING LETTER SOUND ACTIVITY SHEETS
COUNTING FROGS

Counting is an activity that I always integrate in our unit activities.  The frogs we are using were from Safari Toob Poison Dart Frogs and Frogs and Turtles.

COUNTING FROGS
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FROG BALANCING AND FLOATING ACTIVITIES

The boys favourite!  I've cut out different sizes of circles of green foam sheets to serve as lily pads.   The objective of this activity is to make sure that the frogs and lily pads won’t sink in our makeshift pond.  It was fun!

FROG BALANCING AND FLOATING ACTIVITIES
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PARTS OF A FROG

This activity is to identify the external parts of a frog using a Montessori Frog puzzle.  This activity is suitable to kids from 2.5 years old and older.  They are always fascinated with their body parts and how they are compared to the animals.  We used our 3 part cards to learn the body parts of a Frog.

Montessori Frog puzzle
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Our 3 part cards come with definition cards which I assembled into a booklet.  I’m the one using them for now since Vito can’t read yet.  I use them to describe the function of each part of a frog.

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If you are interested you can get this Frog 3 Part Cards and Description Cards from our shop here.

Frog Puzzle with Labels
5 SPECKLED FROG

This activity is inspired by the speckled frog activity of Living Montessori Now.  We sang as the frog jumped in the tray (as pool) and used glass gems as our grubs.  We used a homemade playdough for our log in this activity.

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WHERE DO FROGS LIVE?

This is a brief activity because Vito doesn’t seem to be interested.  Here, we talked about where frogs live and I introduced the land form of a pond.  We then looked at pictures of the differences between freshwater (ponds and rivers) biome and saltwater biome (sea and ocean).  The cards are from here and the Montessori Landform Cards are from here.

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LIFE CYCLE OF A FROG

A lovely puzzle from Beleduc which demonstrates the life cycle of a frog.  I love how it matches our Safari Toob Life Cycle Frog figures.  Vito enjoyed putting this together and each time he completed a layer, we would discuss the changes, like developing hind legs, then forelegs.

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MATCHING ACTIVITIES

Our butterfly color matching activity was a total hit to the boys so I decided to do the same with our frogs.  These frogs are from the Safari Toob Poison Dart Frogs, they’re gorgeous!

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