Frog Life Cycle Tuff Spot

Frog Life Cycle Tuff Spot

At the request of Mr D, following on from the success of our butterfly life cycle tuff spot last week this weekend I made up a frog life cycle tuff spot for the children.

frog life cycle tuff spot

This was a really simply one to do and I used the following items to make it:

Frog Spawn – I used clear aqua beads for this. These do take a bit of time so it’s worthwhile making in advance. I put the in water the day before I wanted to use them and just left them until I needed them. I also filled a tub with green, blue and purple ones – again leaving these the day before. A word of note – they do break up quite easily so it would be wise to not leave these to be played with unsupervised, especially with younger children.

frog life cycle tuff spot

Tadpoles – I used (uninflated) water balloons for these. A different texture to play with as well as having a general tadpole like shape to them. Plus different colours lends itself to colour sorting activities.

frog life cycle tuff spot

Froglets – These were a little harder so I chose to use some sticky jelly frogs for this. They were smaller than the frogs that I had bought and had the benefit of being in between the texture of the frog spawn aqua beads and the fully grown frog.

frog life cycle tuff spot

Frogs – These were plastic frogs I picked up in Tesco from the ‘party bag’ section. They’re different colours so again lends itself to colour sorting activities, as well as talking about species type etc. I used some foam circles to cut into lily pad shapes for the frogs to hop on and off. You could also add in some large branches / small logs as well as stones etc.

frog life cycle tuff spot

I added the large plastic tub of coloured aqua beads on as well and the children loved these. They were really engaged with them, putting their hands in and then adding the frogs and froglets in too. I picked up some small plastic scoops which they had great fun with using them to scoop the beads out. They were a bargain at 70p for three from Home Bargains too, so worth looking out for if you’re in there. I popped out some plastic dishes and tubs and Miss E had fun scooping out the frogs and froglets into these

frog life cycle tuff spot

In the large tub I added letter tiles to spell out ‘frog’ and had left a magnetic sign out with frog and tadpole spelt out. I’m trying to do some early sound discrimination with Mr D and get him to recognise similar sounds, eg: dog, frog, log etc as well as letter identification. I asked him if he could scoop the tiles out and then place them in the right order to spell out frog. Both him and Miss E enjoyed doing this for a short time, and I’ll expand on this again this week in our follow up lapbook work.

frog life cycle tuff spot

As it was a lovely day yesterday we left the tuff spot set up and they came back to it periodically throughout the day, as well as coming back to the large tub of aqua beads again today inside the house. We have read through a frog life cycle book a couple of times and they can both tell me the four stages of the life cycle, so I hope when we create out lapbook later in the wee they enjoy doing that as much as they did with our butterfly one last week.

I have a few more books to share with them about frogs, as well as some general activities planned around pen control, counting and sticking etc which I will share again later in the week. I’m sure the full frog life cycle tuff spot will be made up again later in the week for them to continue exploring.

frog life cycle tuff spot





  1. 12th April 2016 / 08:37

    What a wonderful idea! I’m going to share this on twitter if that’s ok? 🙂

  2. 13th April 2016 / 02:32

    Very cool idea! What a great way to teach and have fun!

  3. 13th April 2016 / 19:07

    great idea, i am a huge frog lover. will be adding this to my to make and do list! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • 13th April 2016 / 20:11

      Hope you enjoy it! Have to say I’m not a frog lover at all, they freak me out a little !!

  4. 17th April 2016 / 19:51

    We loved your butterfly one and this is just as awesome. The little frogs are so cute we need to get some. Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  5. 18th April 2016 / 19:45

    I love this! So easy to put together too. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday, come back soon!

  6. Sara Handy Herbs
    27th May 2016 / 12:09

    Another great idea! You are so creative with the tuff spot activities. I have pinned this 🙂 #LetsLearn

  7. 2nd June 2016 / 22:38

    This is such a great idea! I love your tuff spots! Thanks for joining us with #letslearn this week xx

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