Currently, in the playgroup, we have an ongoing unit about garden’s animals, bugs and all about Spring and this week, it was all about frogs.
While researching for the subject, I checked if it was illegal to collect frogspawns. While you can still take home some tadpoles and observe them in your own pond/bucket/tank, it’s much better to encourage your children to observe in situ.
The frog life website is a gold mine of information with learning resources and a shop. It also told me that frogs number have decrease by 68% over the last 30 years!
This website is also full of info and clearly says “Whilst it can be great fun to collect frog spawn in the spring, we wouldn’t recommend it, as moving them from one place to another can spread diseases such as chytrids. Amphibians will generally find their way over time to suitable ponds, so the most important thing is to create pond habitats that they will be attracted to”
Note that I introduce an unit in the playgroup to bring in some variety and to give new ideas to the parents. The unit is presented along other Montessori activities that the children can enjoy every week. At home, I used to have an unit if my children were showing an interest for something in particular.
The units in the playgroup follow the seasons + some popular topics such as transports and dinosaurs as for sure, some children will engage totally with those subjects.
We have a part of the frog jigsaw. This one is from Absorbent minds. I bought a set of 6 with a storage unit.
I added the part of the frogs printable from the Montessori shop. Note that for the toddlers, I only use it as a matching game at first. If I have some older children, they might start to be interested by the words too.
This memo game came from the Montessori print shop too.
I also made paper puppets from here too to sing 5 Little Speckled frogs.
I also made a printable, a 3 part cards with real pictures of the frog life cycle. Grab my printable on the link below.