Library chick confession: I hate origami.
There, I said it.
My library friends are always recommending origami as a great passive craft but there is nothing passive about folding and manipulating paper into animal shapes. I *want* to like origami but origami doesn’t always like me but at this point I was out of ideas for my activity.
What to do when looking for an easy activity to accompany storytime?
An easy frog puppet made with paper!
For our frog storytime we used these picture books:
After reading our books, pretending we were frogs and singing a few frog finger plays. we created an easy puppet that children and families could use for retelling at home.
Easy Frog Puppet Craft
- A sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch construction paper
- Crayons or markers to decorate
- Glue sticks
- scraps of paper
Fold your paper in three equal parts, “the long way” or horizontally.
Fold your paper in half
Fold your paper into an “M” shape by folding the corners towards the middle.
Decorate your puppet as you like and now you’re ready to act out your favorite frog story!
This was the first “craft” I had done with storytime in a while. I found that craft time was not fun for anyone, including me. The families would be frustrated that they could not do the activity (I can be a bit ambitious with my selections) and trying to direct everyone in creating their craft is like that dinosaur meme that’s been floating around on Facebook. I took a page from the blogs that I follow and have since done a step by step of the process of creating the craft for the people who prefer more instruction and there is also the option for people to freestyle their creations.
Feedback from the families who attended was positive and I realized that simple is fine and that fun should be the goal of the activity. With my summer programs coming up I plan to use this puppet activity again with other themes. Follow me on Instagram to see what we come up with!
r’s note: Affiliate links are used in this post. If you click on the link and make a purchase, I get a small commission. The above books have been read and loved and shared and are recommended for you and your favorite young reader.