When I was little I remember feeling like I grew up in a miniature zoo at times. We had rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, a dog, fish, guinea pigs. We raised butterflies every year. And I remember these being such precious experiences; oh the things I learned from watching these creatures go from one stage of their life to another. Today, as a mother and home educator with 2 very active and curious boys ages 9 and 5 as well as a curious little girl who is 3 (and a baby any day now) this continues to be an experience that we enjoy!
We got a couple of these little guys last year for my oldest son’s birthday. Its amazing how simple it was to set up a little habitat for the tadpoles we obtained! Since there was a huge love of frogs and toads at the time, I figured this would be one of those geat “rabbit trails” for us to follow and so we patiently watched them as they grew slowly from tadpole to frog. There was so much that we learned from this great site that helped to answer a lot of the questions our boys hard. We researched things like: what do frogs eat, what kind of environment do they live in (temperatire, etc) and how do they grow anyway.
I admit it took some time for us to really see the changes taking place. We were told when we spoke to our local pet store that part of the issue had to do with the climate they were in; we were encouraged to monitor the temperature for these little guys to help encourage and move along their growth. Shortly after we did indeed start to see some changes (this is when we got really excited!) Slowly, in time, we saw them begin to grow legs; in time we saw them grow from tadpoles to froglets. We could see them have front and back legs and even a tail while they remained in the water. We slowly saw the tail getting shorter; as they grew you could see the change in their environment too. As they grow and progress, they develop lungs and are seen (or hiding) on the land. Neat!!!
It took some time; a good exercise in patience. In time we saw legs and they actually began to look like frogs (with raised up “bug eyes” my son calls them”. These guys even started to climb about a bit; they would sit on the rocks and little logs in their habitat we made for them.
When the boys tried to hold them they would hop off their hands and was that ever fun trying to catch them! I guess they aren’t as eager to be “trained” as my boys thought they would be! ha-ha
We actually went ahead and ordered a couple more that we are waiting and watching grow! As all three children got a bit older, they could see and experience so much more.
These little guys sure are lots of fun to study; how amazing to watch them grow and change. Its amazing, the metamorphosis that they go through. This also became an introduction to lapbooks for our family. As we did more and more research on tadpoles and frogs to satisfy the curiosity of the three children, we were able to create our own mini-books along with a Frog Frolic kit. My oldest son spent a great deal of time with the Frog Unit Study.
We learned that frogs had teeth (I had no idea!) and that they drink and breathe through their skin. We read about how they hunt mostly at ight and catch their prey with long sticky tongues – eating small insects and worms crickets and spiders.
If you want to grow your own frogs you can purchase tadpoles from the Nature Gift Store which includes everything you need from the habitat itself, to live tadpole(s), tadpole food, water treatment solution, water change cup, plastic plant, life-cycle coloring page, and simple to understand instructions for ongoing care.
Personally, I think there is no better way for kids to learn than this exciting opportunity to grow a frog (or three) from a tadpole. Its a great experience to really see and understand the life cycle starting with a tadpole and watching the whole, very cool, metamorphosis.