photo by Kathy Murphy

Kids love being outdoors this time of year – who can blame them.  So for this craft we went outside and did the Life Cycle of a Frog.  We started by doing some research at the local pond – what kid could say no to that.  We even caught some tadpoles to take home (for a while) see video in the ThisMoment below.




Supply List for our Life Cycle of a Frog Project:

Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board

Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick

Construction Paper in assorted colors (blue, green, brown, black and white)

Thin craft sticks (for cattail stems – you can also use paper)

Paper Punch


Pictures of frog eggs, tadpoles, froglets and frogs




  1. Draw the tadpole, froglets and frog on the construction paper then cut them out.
  2. Cut out cattails and glue to a craft stick, then cut out grass and water.
  3. Glue the habitat to the display board
  4. Use the paper punch to punch out a bunch of white circles (these are the frog eggs).  Glue them on the left had side of the board.  Make little black dots in the centers.
  5. Next glue the tadpoles in the water
  6. Followed by the froglets and the frog.
  7. We then used the computer to type out the titles for each state of the life cycle and then glued them to the board.  We may go back and add more detail about each state of life.


I helped a little with drawing the frogs and tadpoles but let my son cut them out and put the eyes on them.  Kids can easily make the cattails by themselves.


Not only was it fun by you can teach your child something about nature and you get to enjoy the great weather.   I plan on doing more of these projects through-out the summer just to practice starting and finishing projects.




This project was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias.  All opinions and thoughts are my own and we truly did enjoy this project.

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12 years ago

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12 years ago

This is great…I think some of my students would enjoy doing the lifecycle of a frog over the summer during our summer camp! And your son is SUPER adorable and great on camera!

Amy @ Dealusional
12 years ago

SO CUTE! I love the way this turned out, and I bet it will be fun to watch the tadpoles evolve right in your own backyard, too!