My kids loved making the hopping bunny rabbit craft so much that this year I decided I’d make this cute leaping frog craft using the same idea! The frog rocks backwards and forwards so children can pretend it’s jumping around on lily pads! It’s a great craft to tie in with spring and nature themes, and doesn’t require many materials to make.
I’ve included a FREE template for the frog that you can download (you can find the download box at the end of the post). If you are making this craft with one child you can print out the template page marked “Individual”. However, I’ve also included a template page designed for groups, so you can print out two copies of the frog pieces per page to save paper.
- Green cardstock
- Toilet or kitchen paper roll tube (larger diameter tubes work better)
- Scrap of red paper or card stock
- Double sided sticky tape
- Glue & scissors
- Optional: googly eyes and round coloured stickers or coloured pens
How to make the Leaping Frog Craft:
- Cut the toilet roll tube in half (or if you’re using a kitchen roll tube, cut it into four equal length pieces). I used a toilet roll tube that measured about 4.5cm in diameter – I found the frog rocks to and fro better on wider tubes than on narrower ones.
2. Download the Leaping Frog craft template file (see end of post for download box). Print or trace the template pieces onto card and cut them out.
3. Add eyes to the frog’s face. Cut a long, thin strip of red paper or card for the tongue (approx. 1 cm x 6 cm) and stick it on the back of the face as shown. Use a pencil to curl the tongue up.
4. You can decorate the head and body with spots if you like!
5. Stick a couple of strips of double sided sticky tape on the toilet roll tube as shown in the photo.
6. Peel the paper off the tape and stick on the frog’s body. I don’t recommend using a glue stick, as I’ve found the body doesn’t stick or stay on as well. Fold up the feet as shown.
7. Take the strip of card and fold it like an accordion – make 3 folds. Glue one end to the head and the other to the body. The head will stay up better if you glue the accordion strip to the head with the end pointing up rather than down, as shown in the photo.
8. Your cute leaping frog craft is finished! Now have fun making it jump around!
Make a pond full of cute jumping frogs!
Advice for small group classes:
You will need about 45 minutes to complete this craft with a small group, depending on age and number of kids.
- The hardest part for young children to cut out will be the frog’s feet. If you have a craft punch in the shape of a star, you could cut some star shapes from green card and have children stick them on to the ends of the legs to make the feet.
- Young children will probably need some help with the accordion fold to make the neck.
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