Monday, April 1, 2013

Articulation Frogs ~ A Craftivity

I was flipping through a recent edition of Mailbox Magazine and saw this adorable frog template.  The magazine featured a different activity for the frog, but I thought it would make a great articulation craftivity!



Here's what you need:
  • Frog Template (HERE is a cute one from DLTK kids.com if you don't get Mailbox)
  • Small articulation (or vocabulary) pictures 
  • Red construction paper, cut into strips
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Paper clips (optional)


To create the small articulation pictures, I used Lesson Pix.  If you haven't used Lesson Pix yet, head on over and try it out (you can give it a test run before subscribing, but it's well worth the $36.00/year subscription fee!) Lesson Pix has a sound finder feature, which I used to get target words for my articulation groups.  I created picture cards with the 35 pictures/page option:



I colored the frog and lilypad and cut the frog's mouth out.  Then I attached the strip of paper to the backside of the frog and glued the pictures on his tongue.




You can roll up the frog's tongue and hold it together with a paper clip.  This will give it a curly shape even after you remove the paper clip.  Kids can practice their words as they unroll the frog's tongue.




Other Ways to Use This Craft:

  • Open Ended - You could get some bug stickers and have kids stick the stickers on the frog's tongue for each X number of desired responses (language or artic).
  • Patterning - Use the frog's tongue as a pattern strip (e.g., fly, beetle, fly, beetle)
  • Concepts - Start with a bug in the center of the frog's tongue.  Have students glue more bugs "above" or "below" the first.
  • Sequencing - Find small pictures (or use your photocopier to reduce) of steps of a sequence.  Have students cut out and glue to the frog's tongue in the correct order. I found some frog life cycle sequencing pictures on Enchanted Learning and Making Learning Fun.



What else would you have kids glue to the frog's tongue?  I'd love to hear your ideas!


19 comments :

  1. So cute!! I love craftivities, and I'm definitely going to have to try this cute froggy with my kiddos. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren
    BusyBeeSpeech

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  2. Gonna have to do this. Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome! The kids really loved this one!

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  3. This is great! I love doing crafts like this with my kiddos - they make great home practice :) Thanks for letting us know about this one!

    Abby
    Schoolhouse Talk!

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  4. Loved this so much that I changed all of my Kdg and 1st grade plans to use your activity this week. I was having trouble with graphics and found a cute and simple frog online. I copied it on green construction paper for each student. They're having a blast gluing their targets to the tongues, and if they run out of room on one tongue, they get to glue on more red paper. They love to see how long they can make it! I'm going to hang them in the hallway for everyone to see with a sign saying "Catching Good Speech and Language!" or something like that. Thanks so much for a great idea!!

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    1. LOL! That's awesome! I have some copied on green paper for the kids who aren't great at coloring, but most of them wanted to color their frogs. I love the idea of making the tongues longer as well! (PS, I wanted to make a bulletin board - Hopping into Good Speech, but all of the kids wanted to take their frogs home...I can never say no to that!)

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  5. This is so cute! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Really love this! Can't wait to try it out!

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    1. I did it again today with some of the kids I missed last week because of TEAMs and they loved it too!

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  7. Carrie, I adapted your frogs to make elephant trunks - with varying degrees of success! Thanks for the idea! Pics are at:http://howpintearesting.blogspot.com/2013/05/weekend-wrap-up.html

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    1. Super cute elephants Laura! Love them :)

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