Weather Frog

At first sight, the frog seems to be sitting there very still. However, when a fly comes by, it suddenly jumps up and tries to catch the fly with its long, sticky tongue!

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Weather Frog

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Jumping Frog and Weather Frog

At first sight, the frog seems to be sitting there very still. However, when a fly comes by, it suddenly jumps up and tries to catch the fly with its long, sticky tongue! Unfortunately, the frog misses the fly and peacefully sits back down on his water lily - until the next try! These crafting templates help to understand mechanical processes better.

This is what you need:

Our download templates (several frogs are printed onto one page to save paper!), white colored paper (printable) or alternatively printing paper glued onto a piece of thin cardboard, Colorella duo markers or colored pencils, wooden sticks (shashlik skewers), pointy pair of scissors (or a knife), Pelifix glue stick, additionally for version 1: 6 round head fasteners

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Version 1 (easier): An alternative for little explorers: Simple frog that can be used as a weather frog!
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Version 2 (harder): Jumping frog that can move and that looks real with its jumping legs!
 

It's as easy as this:

The instructions to make the weather frog (version 1) largely match those of the jumping frog. Version 1 is rather for beginners in crafting or for younger students. In version 2, the frog has movable legs what makes it more interesting to children! The two have in common that they encourage children to have fun on moving objects!

  1. Version 1+2:
    First, print out our download template on a sheet of white colored paper. Then color the background images and the frogs with markers or colored pencils. In accordance with the difficulty level, the background in version 1 has already been drawn. In version 2 there are no limits to your imagination. Design it the way you like it best, however, keep in mind that the star is meant to be a space holder for an animal, e. g. a fly. Caution: In version 2, the back legs are already drawn onto the background image!
  2. Then the frogs and the gluing flaps are cut out (in version 2, the legs as well). All marked punch holes are punched through with a pair of scissors or with the pointy end of a shashlik skewer.
  3. Punch through the black lines in the middle of the background picture using a knife or a pointed pair of scissors. (Caution: Be careful when using a knife, children should only work under supervision of an adult).
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Version 1 Background picture and the matching frog templates.
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Version 2 Background image and the matching frog templates, the green frog's feet (including punch holes) have already been drawn onto the background.
 
  1. Attach the frog onto a wooden stick (in version 2, please first go to step 5). In order to be able to move the frog, it has to be attached. For this purpose, glue the gluing flap on the center of the wooden stick first(do not glue the wings together!), then stick the created wings from the backside through the cut that has been created by the opened black line and fold them apart. After they have been folded apart, the frog is glued centerwise onto the wings. Version 1 is already completed in this step!
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Attaching the frog is the same for both versions, in version 2 only the legs and the joints are added.
  1. Version 2:
    First, the upper thighs are attached to the lower thighs and the entire legs are attached to the body of the frog with round head fasteners. Then the lower thighs are attached to the feet that have already been drawn onto the background image. Finally, the body of the frog is attached to the wooden stick with a gluing flap (see step 4 for this). Moreover, a little, red tongue is glued onto the frog. This way, when pushing the frog upwards, it will look like the frog is trying to get the star (or the fly) with his long tongue!
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Schematic construction: This is how the movable frog parts are connected with each other.