This past week, Little Bee and I enjoyed hands-on learning about frogs for the zoology theme on the 12 Months of Montessori Learning series. I put together 5 fun Montessori Inspired frog sensory activities for Little Bee to explore.
1. Frog Pond Sensory Play
I created a frog pond sensory experience for Little Bee that included the life cycle of the frog. This is a fun activity for toddlers who enjoy messy water play!
Materials Needed for the Frog Sensory Pond:
Plastic Bin or Water/Sand Play Table
Lily Pads (you can remove the flowers)
Play Sand (found at a local hardware store)
Small Rocks (found outside or at a local hardware store)
2. Frog Life-Cycle
Little Bee loved matching his Safari Ltd Life Cycle of a Frog set to an educational puzzle that we own. (Here is a link to a similar Frog Life Cycle Puzzle.) Instead of using a puzzle for matching work with the frog life-cycle pieces, you can also use a free frog life-cycle printable.
The tactile stimulation of handling the various pieces of the frog's life-cycle, helped Little Bee to grasp the different phases of the frog's life.
3. Three Part Cards & Montessori Frog Puzzle
A wonderful way to learn about the various parts (anatomy) of a frog is by using the Montessori Frog Zoology Nomenclature free printable (three-part card) set. The three-part cards can also be used in combination with the Montessori Wooden Frog Puzzle.
4. Practical Life: Caring for a Pet Frog
Recently, we purchased a pair of African Dwarf Frogs for Little Bee to learn care taking of a pet. He enjoys watching them swim in their little "pond" and do various yoga stances. Little Bee is able to grasp the concept of the anatomy of a frog by watching the frog in action.
In the photos below, Little Bee is using his fine motor skills to push the small food pellets into a tiny hole at the top of the frog's home to feed the frogs. He loves being able to take part in caring for his little pets. These little frogs make great pets because they are hardy and caring for them is easy. (They are fed twice a week and their small frog tank is cleaned every three months.)
5. Visiting a Frog Habitat
Our family enjoyed a field trip to a local frog habitat at the end of a fun hike. The frogs camouflaged in the photo below, were croaking very loudly. It was a great auditory experience for Little Bee to hear the sounds of "real" frogs singing their songs.