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Activity 3: Frog Metamorphosis (20 minutes), Session 6: Lifecycles

In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program

Preparation for Activity

  • Designate a large space, preferably outdoors.
  • Communicate to families that children should come dressed for outdoor fun (in clothes that can get dirty).
  • Practice the body motions so you can demonstrate them for the children.

Description of Activity

Participants act out the life cycle of a frog.

Gather the children in a circle. Tell them that they are going to become frogs today. Ask if they know what a frog is when it starts life and where frogs are usually found. Usually someone will know that frogs start as eggs in a pond; some will say a tadpole.

Say in these words or your own:

Now we are ready to become frogs. Follow me and do what I do.

Frogs start as a tiny glistening egg placed in the pond by a mama frog. [Crouch down in a ball.]

The glistening eggs hatch into little tiny tadpoles.

[Rise part of the way up, but stay halfway bent over.]

We tadpoles swim quickly around, darting here and there in the pond looking for food.

[Put two hands together and point them from the lower back like a tadpole tail.]

What's next? We become froglets when our legs begin to grow.

[Put hands along the hips and out to back for back legs then put hands in along ribcage near the shoulders for front legs.].

Froglets still have a tail, but it's getting shorter and shorter. As we become grown-up frogs, we will be able to travel on land. I think you know how frogs move around on land—show me!

[Crouch down again and hop onto land and all around.]

Some frogs live on mainly on land and some still live in the pond, but all frogs are always looking for a tasty mea—l—mosquitoes and other good things to eat.

[Stick out tongues to catch mosquitos.] Glump!

Now, let's hear from our chorus of frogs!

[Invite children to make frog sounds.]

As time and interest allow, repeat the process of metamorphosis.

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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.

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