Monday, February 15, 2010

Funtastic Frogs and Another Muffin Tin

Last week Mac got these fun frog counters, and I took advantage of his enthusiasm to sneak in a little science unit on frogs, along with some math.
He's already pretty good at patterning and sorting, but we did some more, as well as basic addition and subtraction.  These little frogs are designed for learning place value, so we've started working on that too.  We got these little cuties at Rainbow Resource, but Amazon has them too. 
 
And here's our muffin tin: blue jello pond, pretzel rod logs, crunchy noodles and raisins for flies and worms, green tortilla lily pads,  tapioca frog eggs and the cutest marshmallow frogs ever from the Valentines isle.

As the final fun for our frog unit we watched the Frog And Toad movies, after reading the books, of course.  As the title came up, I reminded Mac the author's name, and that he was also the illustrator.  Then I asked Mac if he remembered what an author did.  He answered correctly, then I asked if he remembered what an illustrator did.  Immediately he answered  "He holds the paper.". Um, well....kinda.

If you'd like to have some frog fun too, here are some fun printables we used:
Over in the Meadow Props
Making Learning Fun
Frog paper dolls
Sparklebox

11 comments:

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I have never seen this frog counter before...it looks really neat!!! Looks like you had all kinds of fun with frog! Love it!

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

very cute - who is the frog counter made by? I would so love that for my son. :)

Kelly said...

What a sweet tin!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your tin is unfrogettable!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your tin is unfrogettable!

karen (and john) said...

What a fun idea! That's got to be the best part of MTM for me ... seeing (and sometimes stealing) all of the wonderful ideas all of you other moms have :)

Christy said...

I love the marshmellow frog!

w said...

oh this is smart! from the flies to the lilypad! love it!

roadrunner201 said...

That's a really great idea:-) Cute.

The Activity Mom said...

So cute! Great tin!

Katie S. said...

the tin is SO creative! jack would likely only eat the candy frog and blue jello, but sometimes you need to sacrafice nutrition for a learning experience! :)