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Homemade Jumping Frog

Updated on September 11, 2014

Whose frog jumps further?

The jumping frog is a simple and easy toy children can enjoy on their own or play with others in a group. The pattern for these frogs come from Thailand, showing children they all share the same sense of fun, no matter where they come from.

Since they are so easy to make, once the kids have the pattern down, you may find frogs all over the house.


  1. Frog Pattern
  2. 6" x 9" construction paper, green or brown (frogs are green and brown but says they can't be purple)
  3. Glue
  4. Colored markers
  5. Scissors

Supplies you will need

SunWorks Smart-Stack Construction Paper, 9 x 12 Inches, 11 Colors, 300 Count (6525)
SunWorks Smart-Stack Construction Paper, 9 x 12 Inches, 11 Colors, 300 Count (6525)

We like to buy construction paper in the larger packs. You would think there wouldn't be that much use for it but it's amazing how fast it's used up.

Elmer's All Multipurpose White Glue, 4 oz. (E372)
Elmer's All Multipurpose White Glue, 4 oz. (E372)

Do not use the Elmer's washable glue. Great for many projects, the multipurpose glue works best here.



  1. Trace frog pieces on the construction paper
  2. Cut out frog pieces
  3. Color and decorate the from. We didn't buy the eyes but they would be fun.
  4. Bend but do not fold the points on the main body under the frog and glue them together.
  5. Glue the middle point on the legs to the points on the back.
  6. Let it dry

The frog pattern

Frogs can be made in any size. Our were about three inches across but try out different sizes.

Tracing the pattern

Decorated frog

We used the markers

Crayola Non-Washable Markers, Broad Point, Classic Colors, 8/Set (58-7708)
Crayola Non-Washable Markers, Broad Point, Classic Colors, 8/Set (58-7708)

When using a darker piece of construction paper, other media doesn't show up as well. The markers really made the spots stand out.


Glue the body

Adding the legs

How to use this toy

  1. Gently press the back of the frog to make it jump
  2. Different sized frogs will jump at different heights and distances

Jumping frogs come from all over the world

There is no one way to make jumping frogs. We show our version but there are many mores ways to create this toy. Try them all out!

Here's another version that is totally different but also looks like fun


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      7 years ago

      I love these how-to type lenses. What a cute little frog. Blessed!


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