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Published on 08.05.20

Fabulous Frog Fun

If you follow us on social media you'll know that this Friday brings us to the end of our two-week-long #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 - and read on for details of our amazing Big Frog Comp to round things off.

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!

It's not too late to get involved - if you have a go at any of the activities mentioned in this newsletter - or any other froggy things - take a photo and tag us on social media - and we'll share it for the world to see!

New lockdown information page - we'd value your input:

Last week we asked people on Facebook to share their inspiring projects. There was an amazing response that inspired us to create a lockdown information page on our Outdoor Hub - you can see the full list of recommendations here.

We'll be adding to this resource as and when we find anything we think might support you. Please send us your suggestions in answer to this question:

What resources have you found useful / are you working on / would you recommend, specifically to support people/children to access nature/the outdoors during this lockdown period?

You can email us usingbeccy@muddyfaces.co.uk or tag us on social media.

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.

This year their campaign is Go Wild for Butterflies.

a bowl full of chia seeds soaking in water
chia seeds starting to sprout little green leaves

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 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?)

🐸🐸🐸 Big Frog Comp! 🐸🐸🐸

For our grand Frog Finale, to mark the end of #FroggyFortnight, we've created this brilliant bundle of frog-related prizes.


One winner will receive a frog-tastic prize bundle worth £50:

🐸 Discover Frogs Set

Includes:

🐸 frog finger puppet

🐸 frog hand puppet

🐸 set of 5 hand-painted speckled frogs

🐸 life cycle of a frog

🐸 field guide – keeping frog tadpoles.

🐸 Frogilo Frog and Toad House

Handmade in frost-resistant ceramic with a green decorative glazed ‘tagine’ style roof for summer and winter protection from predators.

5 x 2nd place winners will win:

🐸 Life cycle of a frog

Soft plastic frog life cycle figures, accurately sculpted and painted, in 4 stages

🐸 frogspawn

🐸 tadpole

🐸 frog with tail

🐸 full grown frog.

10 x runners up prizes of:

🐸 Frog finger puppets


These high quality soft green puppets will encourage children to use their imagination to tell exciting stories featuring frogs.

🐸 To enter this amazing competition answer these two questions:


1. How did the frog get out when he fell in a bucket of milk?
Clue: you'll find the answer on our Frog Inspirations page

2. We've created a selection of Inspirations pages to stimulate your time outdoors - what new Inspirations page would you like to see, on a theme that we haven't already covered?

Send your answers to share@muddyfaces.co.uk
(we won't accept entries via social media - only using this address please)

Competition closes Wednesday 13 May, at midnight.
Click here for competition terms and conditions

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.

WE ARE OPEN!

Orders may take a little longer than usual to process. We are getting orders out as quickly and efficiently as possible whilst ensuring we adhere to safe working practices. See our full Covid-19 statement here.

BUT WE ARE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Trail Disc - Wildlife - Frog

£1.29 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

Life Cycle of a Frog Set

£32.99 exVAT

This set includes 4 each of the 5 stages of a frog’s life cycle, a bag to keep everything together and a wooden disc.


Buy now

OUTDOOR HUB:

Our Outdoor Hub is free to everyone and packed full of literally hundreds of step-by-step, photo-illustrated activities. You don't have to be out in an amazing Forest School or woodland setting, most of the activities can be done at home, in a yard or garden, many of them can be adapted and done indoors.

We really do encourage you to get outside if you can - the benefits to your health and wellbeing are huge - you can read all about them on the Outdoor Hub here.

Click here to browse our Outdoor Hub activities

Our activities are organised in categories so you can find what you need, or use our keyword search (scroll down the left hand menu) to follow your children's interests.


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.

INSPIRATIONS - Frogs

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

Read More about INSPIRATIONS - Frogs

Clay frog life cycle

A tactile activity to help explore an amphibian life cycle.

Read More about Clay frog life cycle

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