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11+ Hands on I Don’t Want to be a Frog Activities

When it comes to frog activities for kids, science is of course one of the best topics to teach, but there is a lot more you can teach with frogs too! These I don’t want to be a frog activities are all about the book I Don’t Want to be a Frog, written by Devorah Petty in 2015. This hilarious book is fun for kids to hear read aloud as well as fun to read alone, and these frog activities provide something for every interest! This list of frog arts and crafts activities, role-play, games, science studies, and more bring the story to life. So, whether you’re a teacher, educator, or parent looking for a fun way to learn more about the story or frogs themselves, you can find a fun frog activity to go with the book I Don’t Want to be a Frog.

Super silly and fun I Don't Want to be a Frog’ Activities for kids! Fun learning ideas and craft activities for the book I Don't Want to Be a Frog.

Educational I Don’t Want to be a Frog Activities for Kids!

Splash into the pages of the I Don’t Want to Be a Frog book with enthusiasm, exploring themes of self-acceptance and friendship through hands-on projects. Experience the joy of arts and crafts, bringing the story to life with froggy costumes and lily pad habitats. Engage in drama activities, stepping into character’s shoes to explore emotions. Through collaborative games, students learn cooperation and empathy, building a positive classroom community.

From understanding frog biology and habitats to designing frog-friendly structures, leveraging technology for research, and applying math in frog-related challenges, students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills when completing these I Don’t Want to Be a Frog activities!

Fun Facts about Frogs

From astonishing leaps to camouflage mastery, tadpole transformations, and serenades in the night, frogs are curious creatures!

Did you know that frogs are incredibly diverse creatures found on every continent except Antarctica? That’s right! From tropical rainforests to icy tundra, these amphibians have adapted to a wide range of environments, making them one of the most fascinating groups of animals on Earth.

The world’s longest frog jump was recorded at over 33 feet. That’s like jumping over two school buses lined up end to end.

Frogs are experts at blending in with their surroundings. Some species can change color to match their environment, while others have patterns that mimic leaves or bark.

Ever wonder how frogs grow from tiny eggs into hopping amphibians? It all starts with tadpoles! These aquatic larvae have gills and tails, but as they mature, they undergo a miraculous transformation called metamorphosis, developing legs and lungs.

Frogs are known for their unique calls, which vary greatly between species. Some sound like chirping birds, while others produce deep croaks or high-pitched trills. These vocalizations serve various purposes, from attracting mates to warning off rivals.

The world’s largest frog, the Goliath frog, can grow up to a foot long and weigh over 7 pounds! That’s bigger than some house cats. Despite their size, these gentle giants are mainly herbivores, dining on fruits and vegetation.

Frogs play an essential role in ecosystems as both predators and prey. They help control insect populations by feasting on pests like mosquitoes, while also serving as a tasty meal for birds, snakes, and other predators.

While individual lifespans vary by species, some frogs can live surprisingly long lives. The African clawed frog, for example, has been known to survive for over 15 years in captivity.

Essential Supplies for I Don’t Want to be a Frog Activities

Before you start using any of these Don’t Want to be a Frog Activities with your class, let’s talk about saving money on supplies and ensuring you have everything you need for a smooth experience with your students.

It’s frustrating when you have to scramble for supplies last minute or realize you’re missing key material. So avoid the problem, and get what you need for these frog activities in advance!

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

By planning ahead and exploring cost-effective options, you can maximize your budget and ensure a seamless learning experience for your students.

poison dart frog coloring sheets

STEM Extension Ideas about Frogs

Take the leap into deeper learning as we explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in connection with our favorite froggy friends and the book I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. These STEM Extensions offer hands-on experiences and investigations to enhance understanding and spark curiosity about frogs and how they live.

From studying the frog life cycle to engineering frog habitats, analyzing environmental impacts, and incorporating technology into conservation efforts, students will embark on a journey of discovery that combines STEM principles with the world of amphibians.

Dive into the science behind frog development with hands-on activities exploring the stages of the frog life cycle. From observing tadpoles in aquariums to creating interactive models, students will gain a deeper understanding of metamorphosis and the interconnectedness of biology.

For students in elementary and middle school, welcome to an exciting adventure! Our "I Don't Want to be a Frog" Leap into Fun activities are designed to pique children's curiosity and foster a love of learning.

Students can learn about genetic variation within frog populations, conduct Punnett square simulations to predict offspring traits, and explore the role of genetics in adaptation and evolution.

Investigate the environmental factors affecting frog populations in local ecosystems. Students can conduct field surveys, analyze water quality, and assess habitat suitability to understand the importance of conservation efforts in preserving frog habitats.

Put engineering skills to the test by designing and building frog-friendly habitats. From constructing artificial ponds to incorporating features like hiding spots and basking platforms, students will apply principles of structural design and environmental engineering to create sustainable habitats for amphibians.

Explore how technology can aid in frog conservation and research. Students can design and deploy remote monitoring devices to track frog populations, develop mobile apps for citizen science initiatives, or use digital tools for analyzing frog calls and behavior patterns.

Apply mathematical concepts to frog-related challenges, such as calculating population growth rates, estimating habitat carrying capacity, or analyzing the impact of environmental factors on frog populations.

Delve into the inner workings of frogs’ bodies with anatomy and physiology investigations to learn about how a frog’s body is different from and similar to our own.

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

life cycle sequencing puzzles 1

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

sum swamp game 1

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

More Frog Learning Ideas

Here are even more frog themed learning and frog activity products and lesson plans that will continue the frog-themed fun!

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

11 Project Ideas for the Book I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Check out these fun activities that are all about the book I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty.

poison dart frog coloring sheets

11+ Printable I Don't Want to be a Frog Activities

Leap into spring with these hands on I don't want to be a frog activities. Get ideas for activities from reading to crafts and so much more in this fun list of frog activities for kindergarten, preschool, and elementary!

Resources to Make Teaching Easy and Fun!

By providing hands-on experiences and real-world applications, these resources captivate student interest and foster a deeper understanding of STEM concepts.

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

happy frogs teaching shirt

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

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