Earlier this summer we were able to visit this amazing natural playground in Rochester, MN. If ya’ll ever go through there make sure to stop and visit (it is called Oxbow). While we were there we got to see Frogs and Toads up close and it was super cool. This experience spurred on a fascination with frogs for my kids. Ya’ll are never going to believe what this Frog Egg Sensory Bin is made out of, but it was perfect for setting up some pretend play while learning about the anatomy of Frog Eggs.
Ok…so it looks gross. I know. But if you ask me Frogs fit into that slimy gross category. We just did this activity the other day and my kids are already asking to do it again. This sensory bin is a blast!
Items Needed for a Frog Egg Sensory Bin
- Water Beads (buy here)
- Ninja 2-in-1 Blender (buy here)
- Hot Water
- Rubbermaid Bin
- Fine Motor Tools (buy here)
- Frog Life Cycle Toys (buy here)
Setting Up Play
This activity does requiring prepping the day before. Start by making your water beads until they are fully expanded. Then fill a bowl full of water beads and freeze them. We have frozen water beads in the past. Instead of using balloons such as we did in that sensory bin though you are just going to freeze them straight.
Looks pretty doesn’t it?! With your remaining water beads you are going to split the amount in half. Half will go straight into your sensory bin, and the other half will go to the blender. Once you start to blend up your water beads go slow. It can burn out your motor. Since water beads are made of the same material as diapers they will expand. So slowly blend, add water, and blend more until you have a slimy consistency. Then scoop out and add to your sensory bin!
Run your frozen water beads under hot water until it frees from the bowl. It will start to look like an egg-mass. Add it to your sensory bin with your fine motor tools and dig in to play!
As your kids play the frozen water beads will melt keeping the slime from drying up. The texture of this sensory bin is amazing. Super fun!
All About Frog Eggs:
Due to the risks of survival for Frog and Toad eggs both species lay a ton of eggs at once. Frogs tend to lay their eggs in masses whereas Toads lay their eggs in lines. In both species it isn’t common for the parents to stick around to watch over their little ones.
On average it takes 6-21 days for Frog eggs to hatch. Most eggs are found in calm or static waters, to prevent getting too rumbled about in infancy!
Once the embryo has grown to reach the stage of a tadpole, or polliwog, it will wriggle out of the gelatinous mass and begin eating algae and other things in the water around them.
Here is a really neat video showing what frog eggs look like and one of the many habitats where they can be found (we tried to find a virtual field trip and had no luck so if you know of one my kids would love to see it!)
To avoid a really long explanation on this post you can find more about frog embryology here.
We didn’t go too in depth on the topic with my kids but that site was great to have on hand for all the questions that popped up. This sensory bin was great for spurring on my kids’ curiosity! They had a blast learning more about the frogs that we discovered while visiting Oxbow!
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