“Froggy’s Halloween” Flip Frog Fun!

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A Favorite Book (Series) & Flip Frog Fun!

After reading Jonathan London’s “Froggy’s Halloween” we decided to pretend that black beans were “chocolate covered flies” & had a blast seeing who could get their flip frogs into the tray of them! Super simple set up & lots of fun, let’s get started…

Summary of “Froggy’s Halloween”

“Froggy’s Halloween” by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz is a favorite book of ours about a frog who can’t wait to celebrate Halloween. He struggles to figure out what he should be and tries all different costumes, engaging in all the typical halloween traditions along the way, until he finally figures it out. The text and illustrations are both filled with lots of humor and enthusiasm, which makes these books a joy to read.

Flip Frog Fun?

You might be wondering… “What do you do with it?” or “How is this not just going to be a sensory mess?” There are many ways to answer these two common questions…

"Froggy's Halloween" book on bed of black beans with orange flip frogs

First, the most basic answer to “What you could do with Flip Frog Fun?” is… have Fun. Sensory play at its finest is not about “doing” something specific. It is about exploring, feeling, listening, watching, problem solving, creating, etc… This is an open-ended activity. Just as each child has their own unique personality, experience, and preference in play, the outcome of this activity is just as special.

As for the second question, Yes, this is can be a messy one! But, I hear you. I’ve been asked that question many times. Therefore, a detailed answer, along with strategies for successful messy sensory play, can be found by reading, “What about the Sensory Mess?”

What We Did with Flip Frog Fun…

book opened to froggy's mom and froggy  with tray of black beans and orange flip frogs

We tend to keep the activities as simple as possible around here. We’re not interested in complicated or costly. We are also all about fostering independence. So, for this activity we used a few bags of black beans as our sensory filler to represent “chocolate covered flies”; which is Froggy’s favorite treat! Then we added some flip frogs we found in the Dollar Tree.

They can take a little getting used to, my daughter easily had the frogs jumping into the “flies”, I on the other hand had to practice, lol. That was all there was to it but the play lasted quite some time. We ended up each having 3 different colored frogs and made a game out of seeing who could get their frogs in the flies first, I think you can guess who won…It wasn’t me, lol.

hand getting ready to flip frogs into black bean tray

It was a good opportunity for me to model what to do when things aren’t as easy as you thought, I persisted, she showed me her technique and what worked for her, she cheered me on, and I got better. I think it was nice for the both of us to have the roles reversed. 🙂

I would suggest Flip Frog Fun if you’re looking for a silly & easy activity to connect with your child.

Materials We Used

  1. “Froggy’s Halloween” by Jonathan London (from the library or you can buy one here)
  2. Black beans
  3. Flip frogs
  4. Tray
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How to Make Flip Frog Fun?

  1. Pour the black beans into the tray.
  2. Line up your flip frogs about 6-12 inches away from the tray.
  3. Push your pointer finger on the tab of the flip frog, making it leap.
  4. Try to get all of your frogs to jump into the tray of “chocolate flies”.
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