Monday, 27 February 2012

Learning the Frog Life Cycle at Storytime

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Life Cycle of a Frog

For our latest Explore the Story post I picked one of my favourite books - in fact I actually owned this book long before I had a kiddo of my own to read it to, just came across it in a bookshop one day and decided I'd be that kind of grown-up who reads kids stories!

The book is 'Tadpole's Promise' by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (of Little Princess stories) - a love story between a caterpillar and a tadpole and the changes that they both go through as the grow...

Tadpole's Promise

Throughout the story the tadpole slowly becomes a frog - I thought this was a great way to introduce Vinnie to the concept of a life-cycle (he already knows about creatures hatching from eggs due to many many dinosaur documentaries!) I made each stage out of different materials and mounted them on card (for older kids you could cut this up and get them to put the steps in order)

first mama frog lays the frogspawn - represented by a circle of bubble wrap, then later you begin to see the tiny tadpoles within each spawn - tiny googly eyes all stuck together...

Preschool Learning Frog Cycle

...then a little black button of a tadpole (in the story the caterpillar calls the tadpole her 'shiny black pearl')...

Teaching Toddler Life Cycle

...then the tadpole grew legs and then arms...

Frong Lifecycle sensory

(I made these guys out of felt but I think foam or shiny paper would be a more realistic choice!)

...and finally he becomes a big green frog sitting on a lily pad. I won't tell you the end of the story because I think you should go out and get yourself  your kids a copy!

What's your favourite bedtime story?


  1. This is fabulous! I've pinned it on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!

  2. such a fun idea. have been meaning to cover this since last fall when we did butterfly life cycles. we've read tadpoles promise and i think it's the cutest book! going to share via fb and pin to my book-related board!

  3. Too cute! I love it! My Penelope loves froggies, so perhaps this week we'll fit it into our days. Thought I would also drop a line and let you know I left linky love on my blog because we made crayon resist Valentine's. Thanks for the memories. I love trying new things and old things in new ways!

    Gianne from

  4. LOVE the googly eyes as frog spawn. BRILLIANT :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  5. This is so great! I am starting pond life this week, so I will be adding this to my list of to dos! Thanks so much.

  6. Hey! I just wanted to say that I am writing about this for tomorrow's Kid's Co-op. Loved it so much!

  7. I love this idea and just to let you know that I'm including it in my latest frog post


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