Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tadpoles to frogs! Hoppy activities!

Today we headed up to Lookout Mountain Nature Center for a tadpole toddler class.  We've attended one other class there and since then they have divided up the class options for two year olds and then older preschoolers.  What a good choice!  We had an awesome time!  Age appropriate, appropriately timed activities, and of course stations.  

They had a reading station, a water play station, a coloring station, a puppet play station, and a lily pad leap station.  If you haven't ever tried it this is something fun to set up while your little one is napping.  When they wake up it's station time!  Let them decide how long they spend at each station and watch how long you can keep them busy for!  

This was a simple station with foam lily pads, plastic frogs, rocks, and of course water!  Lots of ribbits, hops, and more!

Then we colored our very own frog and it's been hanging out with us ALL day!

At the puppet play station we fed bugs to ducks, frogs, coyotes, and trout!  Very fun!

Evin loved jumping around the lily pads and being a frog in a log!

After stations they read a story, jumped around the lily pads together, and danced.  

Then they each got their own frog and headed outside to see if they could find the right place to camouflage their frogs.  

Evin's was a pretty bright green but it worked!

Then he traded for a brownish orange frog and camouflaged it lots of places.  

At one point he hid it so well he couldn't find it!  

Then we headed back inside and he ran up to the educator and yelled THANK YOU!!!!  (four times)


Then is was tadpole, frog, ribbit, ribbit, all the way home!  

Awesome time!  

Here are some activities we've previously posted of froggy fun!


Today at storytime we met two White's Tree Frogs and a Pacman Frog since the sloth was living up to her sleepy nature! W also read "Froggy Gets Dressed" all about a frog who gets dressed to play in the snow!  Great timing after all the snow we've had, all of the kids had played in the snow recently and knew all about dressing for the snow!  

When we got home we came up with two pretty fun froggy games!  

First we ate some flies (chocolate chips) just like frogs do!  With our tongues of course!  It took a few times but Evin got the hang of it and only snuck a few with his fingers!  Apparently it's pretty fun to eat with your tongue!

Then I cut some lily pads and flowers out of some foam I had in his craft supplies and we "lily pad leap"!  Tons of fun and great exercise too!




This is the only picture that I could get where you could tell he was having a good time!  

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