Clay frog life cycle
A tactile activity to help explore an amphibian life cycle.
What you'll need
- modelling tools/felt tip pen lid
- wooden board
This activity has been provided by
Useful items from our shop
- Buff School Clay - 12.5kg
- Life Cycle of a Frog
- Modelling Tools - Set of 14
- Frog Hand Puppet
- Discover Frogs Set
- Hand Painted Speckled Frogs Set
- Wooden Board
Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- use natural clay (air drying clay contains nylon fibres)
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
Step #1 Inspiration
We used a manufactured frog life cycle to help us explore the amphibian development stages (links to 3 different ones available from Muddy Faces above). Then we decided to create our own life cycle out of clay.
Step #2 Making the tadpoles
We started with the tadpole and tadpole with legs - these shapes are quite easy to create - start with a ball of clay and squidge and shape into a tear drop, then form into your final shape using your life cycle, a photograph or real tadpoles as your guide.
Step #3 Make the frog
Main body - Make a sand timer shape and squash down.
Back and front legs - Back legs - roll out two long sausages and flatten the end to create the webbed foot.
Front legs - as for back legs but shorter sausage.
Attention to detail - Roll out two thin sausages and blend onto the back to create ridges. Roll two small balls for the eyes. Add more detail with a small pencil or clay tool.
Finishing touches -Smooth off the joints with water and allow to dry.
Step #4 Make the frogspawn
Rolling lots of little balls for the frogspawn was fun and pushing a felt tip lid into each one created the small black egg.
Step #5 Frog adventures & exploration
Once you have made your clay frog, it is imperative you take it to explore around your garden.
(Don’t forget the thing clay frogs like most is a little push on the swing!)
Take it further:
- explore & create different life cycles, such as lady bird, snail, worm or ant.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.