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Frog Information in a Can



Materials:

Pringles can, empty
Construction paper
Large wiggle eyes
Glue
Scissors
Index cards, cut into 1” x 5” (2.5 cm x 7.5 cm) strips



Instructions:

1. Make a frog by covering the Pringles can with green paper. Glue on the wiggle eyes, a frog mouth and frog legs. Cut a slit in the mouth (the lid) wide enough for the strips to slide in or out.
2. As you learn about frogs, have children dictate information about frogs. Begin each sentence with the word "Frogs." For example: "Frogs hop." "Frogs eat bugs." "Frogs like to live near a pond." "Frogs have long tongues."
3. Place the strips in the frog can. Pull them out one at a time and read them with the children.
4. As a variation, write some strips that are not true, such as "Frogs eat berries." "Frogs have six legs." Mix these with the true statements. Tell children the frog can only eat the true statements. Read the statements and have children decide if the statement can be fed to the frog.
5. Place the frog can in the science area so children can use it independently.

More to do
Math: Children practice estimation and counting skills when you put frog counters or gummy frog candies in a small jar. Put in a different number each day. Count the frogs each day after all have guessed, and let the children jump like frogs as many times as the number of frogs. Having a big difference in the number from day to day allows the children to experience the idea that larger numbers fill more of the jar. * Help each child cut out a lily pad shape, about 9" x 12" (22.5 cm x 30 cm), from green construction paper. Have each child put 12 frog stickers on his lily pad. Roll a pair of dice. A child counts the dots and tells how many there are. Children use frog counters or buttons to cover that number of frog stickers on their lily pads. As a variation, cover all the frog stickers with buttons or frog counters and remove the number that is called out. How many are left?

Snack: The children can make Frogs on a Log by cutting two-inch pieces of celery and filling the celery's cavity with peanut butter or cheese spread. Then place a gummy frog on each log, using the peanut butter to hold the frog in place.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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