Froggies in Cups (a Spring craft for kids)

Spring has just GOT to be right around the corner… right?  Anyone?  *crickets*  Yeah, okay, probably not here in New England.  One thing I miss most about Southern Virginia would be the Februaries we had there.  The days would start to warm ever-so-slightly and Spring would brighten the air.  Sigh..  Where was I?  Oh, yeah.  Spring.  It IS coming and now is the perfect time to start this little craft with your kiddos!

 

I?  Am not a craft-y mom.  Not my thing.  I am many things– a laughing, singing, baking, ring-around-the-rosie’ing mom, for sure.  But I’m not really creative about coming up with crafts.  It’s okay– I’ve come to terms with this.  And I keep oodles of art supplies around that allow my kids’ creativity to bloom with abandon.  I’m just not into coming up with the plan.

 

But these?  These I can do!  (Full disclosure: I can do these.  And I did help.  But my mom was at the helm.)

Here’s what you need:

  • cups
  • dirt
  • grass seed
  • pipe cleaners (preferably 1 green and 1 pink for each)
  • white and black paper
  • glue stick
  • tape

 

Use white and black paper to create 2 eyeballs for each froggy– a small black circle glued inside a larger white one.  Also use this paper to create one fly for each frog– just cut out a simple wing shape from the white and add a little black oval body.  Attach fly to a pink pipe cleaner with tape (this will be the tongue.)  Cut green pipe cleaner in half and attach (tape) an eye to each.

 

Fill each cup with dirt.  Sprinkle with grass seed.  Insert the pipe cleaners to look like eyeballs peaking out the top with a long tongue stretched forward to snag a fly.

You could make these more perfect… but I prefer a child’s originality!

Water every couple of days and watch as your grass grows, thus filling in your frog!  Ours still have a lot of growing to do, but you can get the idea. :)

 

What I really love about this little cups?  They provide ongoing engagement and learning as the children continue to water them and monitor their growth.

 

What Spring-y things do you like to do with your kiddos?

 

(On a completely unrelated note, I want to let you all know that I go tomorrow for a D&C.  I’m sure this would not be the choice of many of you and, believe me, I understand that.  It was not my honest preference, but I could list a dozen reasons why it is what I’ve chosen.  The only one that matters, however, is this:  it is what is best for our family.  I am so grateful for your continued thoughts and prayers as we muddle our way through this dark time.  Thank you.)

 

 

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15 comments to Froggies in Cups (a Spring craft for kids)

  • Hi JessieLeigh,

    I know you don’t really know me, but I want to offer you support, encouragement, and prayer. I have had 7 miscarriages, and 5 required d&cs. I say required because some did but also because with some of my babies, I was given a choice and in my heart knew it was best for our family. My first two miscarriages occurred before we adopted any children, and I was able to deliver these little ones on my own without a d&c, and it was terrifying, painful, and so heart wrenching. I knew after the 2nd loss and actually seeing the teeny tiny baby’s sac as I passed him, that I could not go through this again. I knew I would elect to have a d&c if we miscarried again. When we did, the recovery from the d&c was much easier for my body and heart. Once we had children (we have adopted three children and also have one biological preemie) and I miscarried, I knew even more in my heart from experience that it was best for our family that I have a d&c. I just want you to know I understand why you are choosing one and would like to tell anyone who says you shouldn’t that unless they have been through this, they do not and cannot understand.

    Sending you a hug and prayer,
    Adrienne

    • Adrienne, your comment both broke my heart (I am so, so sorry for the losses you’ve been through) and brought me great comfort. I was so disappointed in myself for opting to have the D&C, even though I knew in my heart it was the best choice I could make. How ridiculous to be judging myself and the “method” of losing our sweet baby… but I admit that I was. Your words brought me some peace and I am so grateful to you for taking the time to share your store with me. Have a beautiful day and know that I very much appreciate you.

  • these cups might be something I can do as well, thank you! :)

    on the unrelated note:
    My heart hurts for you and your family. I can completely understand how that would be best. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers…

    All for Him,
    Nikki

    • Thank you, Nikki, so much for your thoughts and prayers. The D&C went smoothly and I’m recovering well. The emotional healing, of course, is the hard part, but I’m confident we’ll get there, too. Have a beautiful, blessed day!

  • Celine

    The frog cups are absolutely adorable.. I would kind of disagree with you on Spring not being here yet. I’ve seen more then a dozen places with crocus, daffodils, hyacinth, and/or forsythia bushes in bloom. Seems really strange since last year the crocus did not appear until late March.

    • Well… since I’m still looking at random piles of snow out there, I feel like Spring has not yet arrived. BUT, I would totally agree that we’ve had a very, very mild winter and, for that, I’m super grateful! :)

  • Will be praying for you now and tomorrow. God’s peace and healing with you!!

  • Tracy

    You will have to post a follow up of these frogs. They are going to be so cute!

    I will send up a prayer for you tomorrow. I don’t think that there is a right or wrong choice so please don’t feel the need to defend yours. Since my miscarriages had already started, and we didn’t have great insurance, I allowed them to progress naturally. However, it took weeks and was painful emotionally and physically.

    I haven’t posted before, but I enjoy your blog very much. And I wanted you to know that you will feel better one day, though you won’t forget. Hugs!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Tracy. I had hoped to allow my miscarriage to progress naturally, but my body was just all wacky… more about that in tomorrow’s post. The froggies are getting crazy! I think they’re going to need haircuts very soon. ;)

  • Ugh SNOW today, but cruddy, slushy snow that has mostly rained away. I’d like some Spring.

  • mlearley

    Adorable froggie cups. We made a froggie valentine that I found in a magazine. I’m like you, not very creative on my own but I sure can follow directions on other crafts.

    God be with you today! I too had a D&C with my miscarriage and it’s an emotional time but like Adrienne said the healing process is a little easier that way. I pray for peace and strength for both you and your husband.

    • Froggie valentines sound adorable! I, *ahem*, bought valentines this year. I was dealing with that dreaded first trimester fatigue at the time. ;) (I’m recovering well, physically– I think it was the right choice for us.)

  • Ellen

    Thoughts with you tomorrow.

  • Katie

    Thank you for the update. I’m so glad you have peace about your decision, you are right; you have to make decisions based on what is best for YOU and your family. I had a miscarriage (it was our first pregnancy) before Christmas and while I didn’t have to have a D&C, it was still such a hard time. I definately can’t say that I know how you feel but I do know that miscarriages are tough!

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