Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Frog with a Fly Craft

{Paper Plate Frog with a Fly by Logan, Age 2 1/2}
Here is another Leap Day frog craft idea. This one was a joint effort between Logan and Mama.

  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • green paint
  • foam paint brush
  • Styrofoam tray
  • two white bottle caps
  • red pipe cleaner
  • black pipe cleaner
  • 2 green pipe cleaners
  • black construction paper
  • wax paper
  1. Protect work surface with newspaper. Pour green paint into Styrofoam tray. Have your child paint the back side (non-eating side) of paper plate with a thin coat of green paint. You can use more than one shade if you like. Logan used about 3 different shades, although it is hard to tell since they all started blending together. (Also, he got bored half way through and wanted me to finish the rest.) Let paint dry.
  2. Cut a red pipe cleaner in half. Bend as desired to form the frog's tongue. Make a small hole near the center of the plate using the tip of the scissors. Then insert into the hold in the middle of the paper plate so that about 1/2 " goes through to the back. Secure the end with tape. 
  3. Cut two green pipe cleaners in half. Bend each one so that you have 3 "toes." Make two of the feet a bit smaller so you can leave more of the pipe cleaner unbent. Use these for the front legs and tape them to the front of your frog. Tape the bigger two to the back side so that just the feet show on the front.
  4. For the eyes, cut two small circles of black construction paper. (I made ours by tracing around a quarter.) Have your child glue these to the insides of two white bottle caps. (Ours are from apple juice bottles.) Glue the outside (flat part) of the bottle caps onto the paper plate.
How to Make the Fly:
{Close-Up of Fly}
  1. Cut a length of black pipe cleaner about 1 1/2" long. Coil it tightly.
  2. Cut a small rectangle of wax paper. Fold in half. Cut towards the fold, but not into it, making an oval shape. Unfold the wax paper slightly.
  3. Put a small amount of glue on the underside of the wax paper, right near the fold. Insert into the coiled part of the black pipe cleaner.
  4. Glue fly onto the frog's tongue.
  • Tip: Have child wear old clothing or paint smock. (We use old t-shirts with a clothes pin to hold them tightly at the back of the neck.)
  • Tip: We use recycled Styrofoam from meat packaging (or a plastic compartmentalized tray from a TV dinner), but a bowl or plate will work just as well for holding paint.
  • Tip: If you are impatient like we are you can speed up dry time with a blow dryer.
  • Tip: You can use googly eyes in place of bottle caps.
  • Tip: You can also make the frog's legs out of green construction paper.
  • Tip: If you don't have a black pipe cleaner, you can make a funky colored fly, or make your fly out of black construction paper.

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