To make our Amphibian/Frog unit (Frog Life Cycle, Learning more about frogs)even more engaging, I decided to invite my boys to build a frog habitat. I used our recent trip to the zoo as my guide. Most of the materials were already at home and I only had to buy a few inexpensive aquarium plants.
Here are the items that I used to create a Frog Habitat.
- Aquarium plants (I purchased it from the Pet store)
- Moss ( found at the $1 store)
- coconut shell (This used to be a candle, that I had saved from years ago. The Pet store had coconut houses like the ones we saw at the zoo, but you could use anything)
- pond made from Crayola Air Dry Clay. I just molded a piece into a pond and let it dry overnight. Then I painted it the next day.
- rocks (from our yard)
- stick (from the Christmas Tree)
- frogs (Safari Toob)
- wooden tray (from the craft store)
I placed all the items on a tray on their accessible shelf. They were so excited and couldn’t wait to create the habitat. They kept rearranging objects until they were pleased with the end result.
It was very fulfilling to hear the dialogue between the boys as they placed the frogs in the habitat. They wanted to make the red eyed tree frog camouflage in the bromeliad leaves. And the green tree frog is arboreal so it had been on the tree log. Many stories were made up and it was an engaging, hands on, fun, educational activity. This can also lend to wonderful narratives and drawings. I had so much joy creating this activity for my boys! I hope you give this a try with your kids.
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