DIY Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Paper Plate Craft

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate. Click the picture to read the instructions and get bonus ideas.We have been having some fun making crafts with paper plates. Our latest is a Pond Plate. We made one with a lily pad and frog, but this pond plate is versatile. Create the pond then decorate it as you wish with cattails, an alligator, fish, frogs and lily pads, whatever you wish!

This project is a really simple one and can be used to help teach what goes in a pond as well as word-color recognition and painting skills. It is a great project for spring and summer!

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step Kid Made. Click the picture to read the instructions and get bonus ideas.

What You Need

  • Paper plate
  • Blue and green marker
  • Paintbrush
  • Blue and green paint (I used acrylic)
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Green pompom
  • Googly eyes (2)
  • Pink pipe cleaner
  • Glue (you can use school/craft glue, fabric glue, or hot glue)
  • Fuzzy pompom/mini fabric flower

Directions

1. Draw a line down the center of the plate then label the top “green” with the green marker and the bottom “blue” with the blue marker.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 1

2. Have your child paint green on the green half and blue on the blue half.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 2

3. Cut out a lily pad from the green construction paper. You can do this if your child cannot use scissors yet or use it as a cutting exercise. Set it on the plate.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 3

4. Twist a green pipe cleaner into a circle then crimp the circle to make little arms and legs (sort of an “h” shape.)

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 4

5. Add glue to the four corners pointing inwards and place the green pompom on top.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 5

6. Glue on two googly eyes to the front of the frog.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 6

7. Cut a small piece of pink pipe cleaner and curl it to make a tongue. Glue it into the frog’s mouth area. Let all the glue dry.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 7

8. Fold the plate in half so it sits open at a right angle.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 8

9. Glue a spiky pompom or a fabric flower onto the lily pad to make the water lily flower.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Step 9

Bonus tip: As I mentioned earlier, you can do so much more with this pond than a frog with a lily pad. Try switching out the frog with paper cutouts of fish (like koi), rubber ducks, adding tall grass and cattails along the crease, or making a paper/popsicle stick boat to sit on top.

Frog on a Lily Pad Pond Plate Project. Click the picture to read the instructions and get bonus ideas.

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14 Comments

  1. That is very cute! It makes a good Spring Break craft project.

  2. What an adorable project!! I am going to do it with my daughter this weekend!!
    Michelle S.

  3. Cute! My son loves crafts so this little project will be perfect for him!!!

  4. We are going to try this with our daughter. This looks pretty easy, she will really enjoy manipulating the different objects like pipe cleaners and pom poms.

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