Illustrate the frog life cycle with pom poms and pipe cleaners by making pom pom frogs, tadpoles and eggs! At first, a pom pom frog was just a simple craft to do with kids, but we were quite impressed with the potential of pipe cleaner articulation and ended up building a frog small world.
How can a hot glue gun lead to a frog life cycle study? It can when you homeschool a kid who likes to learn through crafting. For Christmas, we got our son a box of tinkering tools – a hammer, a small saw, a pair of pliers, etc. He was happy with that gift, for he had been borrowing Dad’s tools for a while. But his utmost delight was at the low-heat glue gun that we picked up at a local dollar store. He was curious as to what possibilities this tool can bring, and for the last months he and his dad were gluing cardboard, wood and felt.
Eventually, they came to trying textile sculpture with pom poms and pipe cleaners. The frog was one of the first creations. And even though at first the frogs seemed like a simple craft to do with a kid, we enjoyed playing with them very much! They were surprisingly bouncy and agile on their pipe cleaner legs. Here are some of the interesting things we did.
1 — With a string attached to it, the frog bounced around in a very lively fashion and made a fun string puppet. Check out the video below to see it in action!
2 — The other noteworthy feature was the pipe cleaner articulation of the arms and legs. It was interesting to pose the frogs around. We have been doing some stop animation videos with our son, and the frogs proved to be good actors for that.
3 — As you can see from the pictures, we built a frog small world with blue paper and felt lily pads. When we started thinking about what else to add, we thought of frog eggs.
Then, naturally, came tadpoles, and they were also easy to make with pom poms.
In the end we even added the intermediate stage of a tadpole with four legs.
Our son was quite intrigued by that and made his drawings of the cycle. Here is our illustration of a frog life cycle with pom poms.
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Materials for Making Pom Pom Frogs
- assorted pom poms (you will need green for making frogs and white or green for making eggs)
- pipe cleaners (green)
- felt sheet (green)
- googly eyes
- low-heat hot glue gun
How to Make Pom Pom Frogs
Tips & tricks:
- The main body of the frog is made of three big pom poms glued together. Three smaller pom poms make a snout and eye balls.
- For attaching the legs, pry the pom poms open a little with the edge of scissors. Apply glue inside and then insert the pipe cleaners.
- Branched-off toes are made by twisting a short length of pipe cleaner around the central toe.
- For making a tadpole, open a pom pom with the edge of scissors, apply glue inside and insert a felt triangle.
- We allow our son to handle a low-heat hot glue gun under supervision, but we would advise against giving a high-heat hot glue gun to kids. Children – and adults, for that matter – can still get hurt with a low-heat glue gun, but if handled sensibly, the risk and the possible damage are minimal. Each child is different, so use at your own risk.
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