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Published on 08.05.20 in Nature

Fabulous frog fun

All the fantastic frogginess together in one place!

It's the end of our #froggyfortnight!

Every day we've been sharing frog-related activities & information from our Outdoor Hub, with some quick-fire giveaways, specially-made videos, and with extra input from our friends and followers. Thanks so much to everyone that has tagged us in photos, shared their creations and taken part.

This newsletter brings all the fantastic frogginess together in one place, to make sure no one misses out.

We really want to show you that even small simple tasks and activities can be brilliant prompts for your child's own imagination, creativity, exploration and questions. Get yourselves outdoors, in a garden or backyard, or on your daily walks, and say hello to nature!

Video: create your own 5 Speckled Frogs (& flies) set

We've made the cutest video, with step-by-step instructions, and a little reminder of the song, just in case you need it.

booklet cover, blue with a photo of a frogs head nad graphic of a dragonfly flying, with text: big or small, ponds for all

Big or small - ponds for all

The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up Wild About Gardens to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature.

They have produced this brilliant booklet called Big or small - ponds for all, which includes instructions on how to make a mini wildlife pond, planting, tips & facts, & ID guide.

Every year the campaign has a new wildlife gardening theme so keep checking in!

a bowl full of chia seeds soaking in water

Chia seed frog spawn fun

We've been following The Crafty Kiwi Teacher on Twitter lately - they've been sharing some great stuff on nature and outdoor play. Her real name is Juliana and she told us "I'm a reception teacher in East London and mum to a 7yo. Love being outdoors and passionate about nature."

During #FroggyFortnnight Juliana shared these photos and her fab frogspawn idea with us - we think it's great, so we're passing it on to you, with a few of our own thoughts thrown in.

Activity - soak chia seeds in water to show what frog spawn is like

Soak a handful of chia seeds in a bowl of water.

chia seeds starting to sprout little green leaves

Chia seeds can absorb up to 10–12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like.

How long does it take for them to get gloppy?
Put your hands in - how does it feel?

After a few days the chia seeds start sprouting so it looks like tadpoles with little tails.

After a few more days pairs of little green leaves appear (dicotyledons) - looking a tiny bit like little green frogs. What will happen next?!

(you can click on thses photo to get a really close up look - can you spot the tails?)

Frogs in the Muddy Faces shop

Our one stop shop has a diverse selection of practical, educational and inspiring products for all your forest school, outdoor play and learning requirements.

Trail Disc - Wildlife - Frog

£1.66 exVAT

We have tons of frog-related goodies in our shop. Check out the Amphibians & Reptiles section - but watch out - there are crocodiles too!

Buy now

Discover Frogs Set

£35.99 exVAT

A great addition to schools outdoor learning, this set will help early years children to discover and find out about frogs. With this set children can tell stories with the finger and hand puppets, take the field guide to a pond ...

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Frogilo Frog and Toad House

£27.49 exVAT

The 'Frogilo' is a new Summer and Winter home for frogs and toads providing protection from predators. It is handmade in frost resistant ceramic with a green decorative glazed 'tagine' style roof.

Buy now

4 Stages of Life Cycle - Frog

£5.99 exVAT

Use these soft plastic frog life cycle figures to teach how this popular animal grows!

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Frogs on the Outdoor Hub

The Outdoor Hub has a wealth of inspiring activities, events and information. Each section has been designed to encourage engagement in the outdoors, connection with nature and to help spark imaginative play and creativity.


A guide to all things froggy: information, observing, craft ideas & frog products.

Read More about INSPIRATIONS - frogs

Clay frog life cycle

A spring clay craft activity to help explore a frog life cycle.

Read More about Clay frog life cycle


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