Free preschool printable Feed The Frog kids activity promotes hand-eye coordination and fine motor control while learning about what amphibians eat.
Feed The Frog kids activity is a fun learning game to promote dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor control. Besides, your little one will be learning what these amazing amphibians eat through a hands-on invitation to learn and play. Most importantly, if drawing is not your strong suit, grab this FREE Preschool Printable ~ CLICK ~ PRINT ~ GO!
Feed The Frog Kids Activity
Frogs are truly generalist predators — they’ll eat flies, spiders, grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies, and just about anything else that fits in their mouth!
INSTRUCTIONS Feed The Frog Kids Activity
To make a DIY version, I used a FREE FEED THE FROG printable as a visual to draw a frog on a frozen pizza cardboard inset. (I used tempera paints and these markers.) Then, I cut out the opening for the mouth and matched the same on the box. Lastly, I secured the cardboard frog to a shoebox with tape. Offer various bugs and tongs (optional) to feed the frog.
Hands-on learning is extremely effective, however, do you wish to employ experiential learning but have no time to draw props? Do you want your little one to manipulate, but don’t have animal figurines? Well, with this FEED THE FROG printable, you can do both in no time!
The printable comes with a LARGER frog as well that you can secure to a shoebox. Make sure to cut an opening for the mouth on the printable and on the box.
Feed The Frog Kids Activity FREE PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS
Print on 8.5 x 11″ letter size paper. (Optional, but suggested: laminate the page for durability.) Cut out the frog’s mouth opening along the white dotted lines. Then, cut out each pray. Offer a child to ‘feed’ the frog its prey by practicing pincer grip or while feeding using tongs. Optional: count each prey aloud as the child places it inside the frog’s mouth.
SKILLS PRACTICED WHILE FEEDING THE FROG
✔️hand-eye coordination (the ability to coordinate the information received through the eyes to control, guide, and direct the hands in the accomplishment of a given task)
✔️fine motor skills (practicing small muscle-hand control)
✔️dexterity (perfecting skills and ease in using hands) e.i. transferring, tonging, screwing/unscrewing
✔️learning what these amazing amphibians eat (The clue: they eat just about anything that fits into their mouth!)
FEED THE FROG FREE PRINTABLE KIDS ACTIVITY
Between 8-12 months, your baby might be able to master the following FINE MOTOR SKILLS:
✓ reach and grab objects (watch out like a hawk for choking hazards)
✓ purposely let go of objects while holding
✓ pinch small objects (e.g. cheerios) with a thumb and pointer finger
✓ move objects from one hand to the other
✓ drop, pick and bang 2 objects together
DIY FEED THE FROG KIDS ACTIVITY
AGE 2.5 YR+. Always supervise your child! Small items are a choking hazard!
WHY IS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IMPORTANT?
WHY HANDS-ON LEARNING?
It allows little people to engage in kinesthetic learning by doing also called ‘Experiential Learning’ – the philosophical term behind the method of immersing oneself in a process in order to learn it. Experiential Learning has been around since 350 BCE, when Aristotle wrote, “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”. Most importantly, hands-on learning is uniquely positioned to support or elevate ANY type of learner! Best of all, research has proven that children who learn using hands-on methods with manipulatives outperform those who are not. What are manipulatives? They are physical tools engaging children visually and physically with objects such as figurines, blocks, loose items, etc. The use of manipulatives is constructive because little people are actively engaged in discovery by TOUCHING, TRANSFERRING & MANIPULATING during the learning process.
Have you tried FEED THE FROG KIDS ACTIVITY? Leave a comment if you did!
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