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Ribbit Retreat: Frog Habitat Project and Lesson Plan

Right now, we are full-on in a phase where frogs are front and center! These frog activities for kids teach kids about land for wildlife and frog habitats as well as other fun frog themes for kids! In this frog habitat project, kids can learn what a frog and toad habitat looks like as well as the different types of frog habitats! Designed for elementary classroom, this hands-on project introduces budding scientists to the fascinating world of frogs and habitats.

Welcome to our Ribbit Retreat: DIY Frog Habitat Project! This engaging journey empowers elementary and middle school students to craft their own cozy homes for amphibian friends.

Show your students the importance of wetland ecosystems and the role frogs play within them when you create a frog habitat garden in the classroom.

How to Make a Place for a Frog: Frog Habitat Project for Kids

When doing this frog habitat project, students don’t just learn – they become conservationists in action! Armed with recycled materials and eco-friendly supplies, students can design and build habitats that mimic natural frog environments. From constructing miniature ponds to adding cozy shelters, every step will teach children about frog habitats in a hands on way.

Keep reading to learn how to complete this frog habitat project and frog habitat lesson plan in the elementary classroom.

Frog Habitat STEM Topics

This frog habitat project isn’t just about building homes for our amphibian pals—it’s also an exciting journey into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)! Let’s dive into the fun and fascinating concepts that make this project hop with excitement.

First up, we have Science! Students get to explore the unique needs of frogs and their habitats. They learn about wetland ecosystems, biodiversity, and the delicate balance of nature. From the life cycle of frogs to the importance of clean water, there’s so much to discover!

Students use technology to research frog habitats, gather data, and explore innovative solutions. They might use digital tools to design their habitats or create presentations to share their findings with classmates. Technology helps them connect with the broader scientific community and access resources beyond the classroom.

Spring STEM Lesson Plans

If you want ready-to-go, low-prep spring lesson plans, you’ll love these resources. Spring science can have an emphasis on regeneration, growth, new life, birth, seasons, and weather.

With engineering, students become little architects as they design and build their frog habitats. They use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to overcome challenges, like how to create a pond that’s just the right size or a shelter that provides enough protection from predators.

Elementary students can even learn about math when recreating a frog habitat. Students use can measurements and calculations to ensure their habitats are the perfect fit for their froggy friends. They might calculate the volume of a pond or the surface area of a shelter.

Here are some frog science books that you may want to read in your class before having them complete their frog habitat project.

Frog Science Books for the Classroom

Here are some books to learn more about frogs with your class!

from tadpole to frog book

From Tadpole to Frog Book

the frog scientist book

The Frog Scientist Book

a frogs life cycle book

A Frog’s Life Cycle Book

frogs scholastic discovery book

Frogs: Scholastic Discovery Book

frog heaven book

Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool Book

frog song book

Frog Song Book

poison dart frogs book

Poison Dart Frogs Book

poison dart frogs up close book

Poison Dart Frogs Up Close Book

face to face with frogs national geographic book

Face to Face with Frogs National Geographic Book

science comics frogs

Science Comics: Frogs

why frogs are wet book

Why Frogs are Wet Book

Essential Supplies for Frog Habitats

Take a look at our list of stuff you’ll need to get ready to make a frog habitat with your class.

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Frog Teaching Resources

Here are some teaching resources you can use alongside any study of frogs!


Frog Math Busy Bag

frog life cycle mat

Frog Life Cycle Mat

frog math word probems

Frog Math Story Word Problems Box

tropical frogs memory match game

Tropical Frogs Memory Sort Game

frog timer

Frog Classroom Timer

amazing frogs of the world science kit

Amazing Frogs of the World Science Kit

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Life Cycle Sequencing Puzzles

frog life cycle blocks

Real Life Cycle Specimens

frog life cycle specimins

Frog Life Cycle Blocks

frog abacaus

Frog Abacus

fair and square bug kit 1

Fair and Square Insect Kit

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Sum Swamp Game

frog growing starter kit

Frog Raising Starter Kit

rainforest frog toys

Rainforest Frogs Toys

frog life cycle puzzle

Frog Life Cycle Puzzle

parts of a frog plushie

Parts of a Frog Plushie

4d frog anatomy model

4D Frog Anatomy Model

frog life cycle kit

Frog Life Cycle Kit

poison dart frog coloring sheets

Science Facts about Frogs

Did you know that frogs are excellent indicators of environmental health? Yep, these slimy superheroes are like little environmental detectives! By studying frog populations and their habitats, scientists can get valuable insights into the health of ecosystems, including water quality and biodiversity.

And speaking of biodiversity, frogs come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! From the tiny Gardiner’s frog, which is smaller than your thumb, to the giant Goliath frog, which can grow as big as a newborn baby, there’s incredible diversity within the frog kingdom.

But frogs aren’t just known for their size—they’re also famous for their amazing abilities! Did you know that some frogs can jump up to 20 times their body length? That’s like a human jumping the length of a football field!

And if that’s not impressive enough, some frogs can also change color to blend in with their surroundings, helping them hide from predators.

Another fascinating fact: frogs have a diverse diet! From insects to small mammals and even other frogs, these little hoppers are true carnivores. As students embark on their habitat-building journey, they’ll discover just how important it is to create environments that support the diverse dietary needs of these croaking critters.

Frogs don’t just come in green—oh no, they’re the fashionistas of the animal kingdom! From vibrant reds to dazzling blues, frogs sport a rainbow of colors to suit their habitats. It’s like a perpetual fashion show in the frog world!

And here’s a fun fact that might surprise you: frogs don’t drink water like we do. Instead, they absorb it through their skin! Yep, you heard that right—frogs can hydrate themselves simply by soaking in water through their skin.

Greetings from our DIY Frog Habitat Project, Ribbit Retreat! Students in elementary and middle schools can create their own comfortable homes for their amphibian friends by following this fascinating journey.

Frog Books for Kids

Here are some frog science books and books featuring frogs that you can use in your classroom to go along with any frog STEM activity!

amphibians science book 1

Amphibians Science Book

Toads and Other Amphibians 1

Toads and Other Amphibians Book

jump frog jump book

Jump Frog Jump Book

i dont want to be a frog book 1

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog Book

a spoonful of frogs

A Spoonful of Frogs Book

kids explore poison dart frog 1

Kids Explore Poison Dart Frogs

science comics frogs book 1

Science Comics: Frogs

tadpole to frog book 1

Tadpole to Frog Board Book

reptiles and amphibians for kids book 1

Reptiles and Amphibians for Kids Book

STEM Extension Ideas for Frog Habitats

There are many things you can do with your frog habitat after creating in in your classroom. Here are some science, technology, engineering, and math extensions that you can do with your frog habitats after they are created!

Once students have built their habitats, they can be used for research. Students can observe frog behavior, record environmental data like temperature and humidity, and even conduct experiments to learn more about frog biology.

Students can expand their understanding of ecosystems by studying the interconnectedness of organisms within their habitats. They can investigate how changes in one aspect of the habitat—such as water quality or vegetation—affect the entire ecosystem. By conducting experiments and collecting data, they’ll gain valuable insights into ecological principles and the delicate balance of nature.

Students can use a variety of technologies while studying frog habitats. Try setting up cameras to capture nocturnal frog activity, using apps to identify different frog species based on their calls, or even create digital presentations to share frog facts with the class.

Challenge students to redesign their habitats using engineering principles. Can they create a more efficient filtration system for the pond? Or build a shelter that provides better protection from predators?

Frogs might not be big fans of math, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Students can use math to analyze their habitat data, calculate the population density of frogs in their ponds, or even design mathematical models to predict frog behavior.

Frog habitats are a springboard for interdisciplinary learning. Students can explore topics like ecology, conservation, and even art and literature inspired by frogs.

Frog Shirts for Teachers

When learning about frogs, wear these awesome frog shirts for teachers!

frogs all over

Frog Hawaiian Shirt

teaching frogs shirt

Teaching Frogs Shirt

frog socks for teachers

Frog Socks for Teachers

poison dart frog shirt

Poison Dart Frog Shirt

dangerous poison frog shirt

Dangerous Frogs Shirt

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Happy Frogs Teaching Shirt

cottagecore teacher shirt

Cottagecore Teacher Shirt

teach kids to read frog shirt

Teach Kids to Read Frog Teacher Shirt

100 days smarter frog shirt

100 Days of School 100 Days Smarter Frog Teacher Shirt

teaching is frog shirt

Teaching is Un-frog-gettable Teacher Shirt

read books be kind frog teacher shirt

Read Books Be Kind Frog Shirt

ultimate frog guide shirt

Ultimate Frog Guide Shirt

frog and toad book shirt

Frog and Toad Book Shirt

poison dart frog socks

Poison Dart Frog Socks

frog lifecycle shirt

Frog Life Cycle Shirt

More Frog Activities for Kids

Here are some other frog-themed learning ideas to use in the classroom!

Spring STEM Supplies for the Classroom

Here are some fun spring-themed activities and kits to add to your spring STEM activities.

nature boxes

Nature Exploration Boxes

prisim set

Classroom Prism Set

light exploration classroom set

Light Exploration Classroom Kit

life cycle puzzles

Life Cycle Puzzles

mobile greenhouse

Mobile Greenhouse

vegetable garden classroom kit

Classroom Vegetable Growing Kit

prisim set

Botany Lab Experimental Greenhouse 

real insect specimins

Real Insect Life Cycle Specimens

ladybug land observation jar

Ladybug Observation Habitat

plant flower observation classroom kit

Classroom Plant Observation Kit

seeds book and gardening classroom set

Seeds Book and Classroom Flower Growing Kit

life science classroom kit

Life Science Classroom Kit

water cycle posters

Water Cycle Posters Classroom Kit

weather science center

Weather Science Center

lego flower pot building set

LEGO Watering Can Set

Get the Frog Habitat Project Lesson Plan!

Here are the step by step directions for creating a frog habitat with your class!

poison dart frog coloring sheets

Print out the lesson to use with your classroom, or pull it up online to use as a digital resource.

Frog Habitat Project Lesson Plan

Frog Habitat Project Lesson Plan

Here is what you need to make your very own frog habitat in your classroom. You can make a real frog habitat for observation over the entire school year, or you can make a frog habitat project model to demonstrate what a frog habitat looks like in the wild.

Use this lesson plan to teach frog habitats to your students!


  • Recycled Cardboard Box/Shoebox
  • Pebbles
  • Assorted Insects
  • Frogs
  • Fake Moss
  • Cotton Balls
  • Paint
  • Fake Miniature Plants


How to Make a Real Frog Habitat Project

Here is how to set up your real-life frog habitat.

Choose a suitable-sized terrarium based on the number of tadpoles you plan to raise. A 10-gallon aquarium or larger is typically sufficient.

Fill the bottom of the terrarium with dechlorinated water. Use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and other harmful chemicals. Ensure the water depth is appropriate for the tadpoles, usually around 6-8 inches. It should be deep enough for swimming but not too deep for them to reach the surface for air.

Maintain the appropriate temperature for tadpoles, which typically ranges from 70°F to 80°F (21°C to 27°C). Use a submersible aquarium heater to regulate the water temperature. Additionally, provide a full-spectrum light source to simulate natural daylight for about 12-14 hours a day.

Install a small aquarium filter to keep the water clean and aerated. Tadpoles are sensitive to water quality, so regular water testing and partial water changes (about 25% every week) are necessary to maintain optimal conditions.

Use smooth gravel or sand as substrate at the bottom of the terrarium. Avoid using small gravel that tadpoles could ingest. Add aquatic plants like java moss, anacharis, or hornwort to provide oxygen and hiding places for the tadpoles. You can also include driftwood or rocks for additional hiding spots.

Tadpoles are primarily herbivorous, feeding on algae and plant matter. You can supplement their diet with commercial tadpole food or blanched vegetables like spinach or lettuce. Feed them small amounts twice a day and remove any uneaten food promptly to prevent water contamination.

As the tadpoles grow and develop, they will eventually begin to metamorphose into frogs. Provide a shallow area in the terrarium with a sloping ramp or rocks to allow them to exit the water easily as they develop lungs and limbs. Ensure there's a damp area within the terrarium where the emerging froglets can rest and maintain moisture.

Once the tadpoles have completed metamorphosis and become frogs, you'll need to adjust the terrarium setup accordingly. Provide a mixture of land and water areas, as frogs require both environments. Offer a varied diet of live insects such as crickets, fruit flies, and worms.

Regularly monitor the tadpoles/frogs for signs of illness or distress. Keep the terrarium clean, perform routine maintenance tasks such as water changes and filter cleaning, and adjust conditions as necessary to ensure the health and well-being of your tadpoles/frogs.

How to Make a Frog Habitat Model

Here is how to make a frog habitat model.

Decide on the design and size of your fake frog habitat based on available materials and space constraints.

You can opt for a diorama-style habitat using a shoebox or create a larger-scale model using cardboard, foam board, or other craft materials. 1 3

Collect materials needed for building the fake habitat, such as cardboard, construction paper, modeling clay, rocks, sticks, and artificial plants.

Use the selected materials to construct the base of the habitat. For a diorama-style habitat, line the inside of the shoebox with construction paper or paint it to resemble a natural landscape.

For larger-scale models, cut and assemble cardboard or foam board to create the desired layout of the habitat. 2 2

Enhance the habitat with features such as rocks, sticks, and artificial plants to create a naturalistic environment. Use modeling clay to sculpt small ponds, streams, or other water features within the habitat. 3 2

Once the habitat is complete, introduce pretend frogs into the habitat. You can use toy frogs, figurines, or even drawings to represent the frogs within the habitat. 4 2

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Resources to Make Teaching STEM Easy and Fun!

By integrating hands-on activities and real-world applications, students are immersed in interactive experiences that spark curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of STEM concepts. For teachers, these resources provide comprehensive lesson plans, materials, and extensions, streamlining lesson preparation and offering innovative ways to engage students in STEM learning.

Spring Books for the Classroom

Here are some spring books that you can use in your classroom this spring to teach kids about spring science and other spring topics!

spring science books set

Spring Science Book Set

weather science book pack

Weather Science Book Set

april printable pack 3rd grade

April Classroom Printables Set

may printable pack 3rd grade

May Classroom Printables Set

Amphibians Reader Grade 1 3

Amphibians Science Reader

Birds Reader Grade 1 3

Birds Science Reader

Toads and Other Amphibians Reader Grade 3 8

Toads Science Reader

life cycle science books

Life Cycle Books Classroom Set

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