I love letting the kids explore new toys and old toys in different ways. After we got a pack of these tropical frogs at the toy store I thought it would be a good idea to have them hop around on lily pads in some water.
On the day we did this activity water was not so much something I wanted to mess with. I knew the kids would empty the tub out in 2 seconds flat and I’d be left with a wet floor and the frogs would get no attention!
First up I cut a few circles of green felt in various sizes, then cut additional wedges so they looked like lily pads.
I added these to a tray and my toddler began adding the frogs. I had dyed some lovely blue color rice the previous week that we used as “water” for our little fishing numbers and colors game so decided to also use it as the water again for the frogs.
I also spread a large bed sheet under this activity to help keep the rice mess manageable.
Once the color rice was added it looked more like a pond.
The kids had the frogs hopping around from lily pad to lily pad and swimming the color rice water. My 4 year old would also grab a handful of rice and make it rain by slowly sprinkling the rice down in the frogs lily pond.
Having an activity like this also offers the opportunity to talk about the life cycles of the frog (I saw a set you could play with on amazon here), what colors the frogs are and where they are from (this set is all south american). I also pointed out that the frogs eat flies and other bugs, have long tongues to catch them and long strong legs to jump with!
Taking the kids to see real live frogs at a nearby pond would also be an added adventure if you have one.
You know an activity is a hit when all the kids come to play!