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 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!

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