Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tadpole Toss

Today's activity actually comes from a Highlights Magazine. We recently discovered that Highlights now has 3 versions of the magazine, including High Five which is meant for 2-6 year olds. Little C has become very interested in the magazines in the past month or two, especially the hidden picture puzzles and "That's Silly" pictures. High Five also has activities you can do at home and Little C decided she wanted to make the Tadpole Toss game.

If you'd like to make one yourself, first, collect your supplies. You'll need:
  • Paper plates (big or small, however many you want to use; we used 4 because the boy in the magazine made 4)
  • Green & black markers or crayons
  • Dried rice or beans
  • Tablespoon
  • Plastic sandwich bags (1 per tadpole, we made 3)
  • Twist ties and/or rubber bands (2 per tadpole)
  • Green tissue paper (1 sheet per tadpole)
1. Give the paper plates to your child and have them color them green to make lily pads. Don't worry if they end up looking nothing like lily pads. While they're coloring, set up the rest of your supplies.

2. If your plastic bags have zip tops, cut the zip part off the bags. Help your child scoop 2-3 tablespoons of rice into each bag and use your twist ties or rubber bands to close the bags.

3. Fold your large piece of tissue paper in half and have your child place the bag with rice in the middle of the sheet. Gather the tissue paper up around the bag and secure it with another twist tie (ours were too small to reach around the tissue paper so we used rubber bands) or rubber band.

4. Have your child draw faces on your tadpoles using the black crayon or marker.

5. Spread your "lily pads" out on the floor, step back and take turns trying to toss the tadpoles onto the lily pads! The smaller the plate, the harder it is!

Age: 2.5 years


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