April 27, 2012

The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog Project



I love a good project- but right, smack in the middle of it.. I always question myself if it was such a great idea. This Big Wide-Mouthed Frog project has been going on for days…

This is a precious book that I read every year with my first graders when we talk about frogs. I have multiple copies (bought from Scholastic a few years ago).

It’s about an wide mouthed frog who meets other animals (kangaroo, koala, possum, emu, and crocodile. The frog smarts off to each one and calls each animal a name.

He always asks the animals “What is your name and what do you eat”. They tell the frog what they eat… he hops off and says, “I am a big wide mouth frog and I eat flies.

UNTIL.. he meets a crocodile who says, “ I am a crocodile and I eat big wide mouthed frogs.” And the frog has to run off quickly! So cute!


So, I took each animal from the book and drew them on big white paper {bulletin board paper}.


My students had to trace over my pencil marks first with black markers then start coloring.


This took a little longer than expected.. I thought I would be able to finish this in 2 days. .. um, NO! But, my little ones never lost interest and would ask me every day if we were going to work on our animals. They loved every minute of it.


I told them they had to make it look close to the pictures in the book. This helped so there was no arguing over what color things should be. The pictures in the book are fun so they were happy to make their animals look like the ones in the book.



I cut around the animals yesterday afternoon and I made the little word clouds.. that told what each animal eats.


I originally planned to hang these in the hall outside our classroom.. but I realized that was going to be a chore to tape all of this to the wall and I really didn’t think we would have room after we got finished and saw how large the pieces were.


Luckily, we have a large bulletin board in our cafeteria that our art teacher keeps artwork on. She was more than happy to let me take over and put something up for the rest of the year.


And, it barely fit on this huge bulletin board. It’s a little bit crowded but it looks great. My little ones were the proudest little people ever at lunch today!


I question myself for doing a project like this.. but once it is over and we are finished.. I am so glad I took the time to let them do something like this. They love it and we really did have a good time!


Go find this book! It’s one of my favorites!

xoxo, kacey


  1. This really turned out cute. I love the Wide-Mouth Frog. Thanks for sharing.

    Jill bubbalulu.blogspot.com Tales from Second

  2. What a fun project for them. They turned out really cute.
    First Grade Delight

  3. They were probably so proud of their accomplishment. Great teamwork to complete this! You did all those drawings? Wow you have got art talent!


    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

  4. WOW!!! This looks fantastic. Good for you and your firsties.
    Eileen Griffin

  5. What a beautiful display!! The kids should be very proud of their hard work. I am going to check out that book!!

  6. You are so creative! This is adorable! Y'all did a great job!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  7. What a great way to focus on teamwork. I love that book.

    Kinder Kraziness

  8. I have never read the book... but I'm gonna try and snag me a copy! The art work looks amazing! Your kiddos did a great job!

  9. This is beyond adorable! I know I have this book somewhere....

    Cindy @ primaryreadingparty.blogspot.com

  10. That is just too cute! They did a good job! I've never seen that book--looks like I need it!

    Strive to Sparkle

  11. I love it. I need to get a copy of this book. It reminds me of a song my mom used to sing with us when we were little. I wonder if you have heard of it.
    "There go the big moth frogs a hoppin' down the road. Hop hop hopping just a like a toad. Hey hey hey. There go the big mouth frogs." The frogs do the same thing and ask different animals what they eat. The frogs ask horses, cows, and a crocodile. Cute song.
    Life with Mrs. L

  12. I love your display! This book is a favorite of mine, too.
    Peace, Love & Learning

  13. One of my most favorite books!!! It always becomes a favorite of my kinders also! I love what you did with it!

  14. CUTEST thing I have EVER seen. I just love it.

  15. CUTEST thing I have EVER seen. I just love it.

  16. That's adorable! Tell me that's not your whole class... lucky!

  17. So cute! What a great activity. Will look for the book for my first graders!