Bring a little papier maché into your life with this cute frog craft. Travis the Traveling Frog is simple enough to make, and leaves lots of room for creativity. Best of all, he’s versatile! Young artists can clip him to curtains, railings, or tree branches. You never know where Travis might travel- but the mystery is part of the fun. This is such a fun frog craft for kids because they can use him as a toy and friend afterwards while they play.
Traveling Frog Craft Tutorial
What You’ll Need to Make Your Frog Craft
- A small sheet of cardboard
- A marker
- A few tablespoons of liquid glue
- A plastic bowl
- Acrylic paint and paintbrushes
- 2 feet of string
- 4 clothespins
- Hot glue (optional)
- Clear tape (optional)
How to Make This Fun Frog Craft: Travis the Traveling Frog
- Start by drawing your frog onto the sheet of cardboard. If you have a hot glue gun for later, cut out the head and body separately. If you don’t want to use hot glue, cut out your frog in one piece.
- Test out your paper maché skills. Fill a plastic bowl with a few cups of water, and stir in liquid glue. Cut or rip sheets of newspaper into thin strips, and dunk the strip in the gluey water. Wrap the newspaper strips around your cardboard cutout- they will stick.
- When you’ve thoroughly covered your frog craft in newspaper, let it dry. You can speed up the process by pressing the damp frog between sheets of dry newspapers to soak up excess moisture. Then wait about 24 hours.
- Decorate with paint! I borrowed a lovely vine design from Joy Williams, but the details of your frog craft are up to you- get artsy.
- If the head and body of your frog are separate, use a dab of hot glue to attach them at the neck.
- Cut four equal lengths of string, and attach them as arms and legs to the back of your frog craft. Use hot glue for extra durability, or just stick with liquid glue or clear tape.
- Paint your clothespins to match your frog. Let them dry, then attach them (using glue or tape) to the other end of each piece of string, making your frog’s hands and feet.
- Once all your paint and/or glue is dry, Travis the Traveling Frog is complete!
The clothespins on this frog craft can help him climb nearly anywhere. So challenge your kids to find the most creative location for Travis to travel!
Do your kids like frogs? Celebrate the new spring weather, and keep the kids entertained, with this cute frog craft. Has Travis traveled to your house?