Frog Life Cycle Teaching in Rainbowfish class

School News May 06, 2021
Frog Life Cycle Teaching in Rainbowfish class

Teaching children about life cycles is a perfect way to help them understand the world around them and to connect them with nature. Children can gain respect for nature when learning about life cycles.

At this age, children often become curious and begin to ask questions. Why can the ugly caterpillar change into beautiful butterfly? How does a seed become a flower? Why the tadpoles so different from frogs? All these make a great opportunity for teaching about life cycles.

Last week Rainbowfish Class (KG1) studied the ‘Life Cycle of a Frog’. The children showed an interested in this and asked lots of questions about the frog!! The children had the opportunity to learn this in different ways, such as, through picture and story books, science, handcraft, music, puzzle as well as videos.

Before we began teaching the frog life cycle, we asked the children a variety of questions, to obtain their prior knowledge.

  • What is a frog?
  • What is a tadpole?
  • Have you ever seen tadpoles in the pond?
  • Have you ever seen a frog in the pond?
  • Allow brief time for students to share their own experiences with frogs and tadpoles.


The children had the opportunity to see live tadpoles in a tank, they enjoyed this very much and watch them daily.  The children then had activities that encouraged them to keep to a journal with their pictures in it, along with their observations about the growth of the tadpoles turning into the frogs.   

The children loved this as they kept their journals until they frogs were released back into their pond.  We ensured the children understood why we released the frogs - are wild animals and belong in the pond not in a fish tank. During the lesson, I kept hearing “black dot, big head, long tail, hind leg, front leg” as they explored the fish tank. From the children’s curious eyes and excited words, we know this was the first time they get to know the mystery of the living things.


The children enjoyed the story ‘Little Tadpoles Search for Their Mother’, from this we began to make our own clay creations. We chose green clay as lotus leaves, black clay as tadpoles, during the process of the activity, children practised their fine motor skills by kneading, pressing, and drawing.

They loved this activity and it gave the children a deeper understanding in to the frog life cycle.

Order game:

Ordering game are another way to get to know frog life cycle, it was a huge highlight while learning about the anatomy of the frog. For our youngest children in the school, we provide a wealth of operational materials such as order cards, puzzles, pictures books and hands on experiences . Materials play an extremely important role in kindergarten education. We develop the children’s understanding of the surrounding world and they were so thrilled to see a game about ordering the frog life cycle! It shared and showed with us interesting facts and fascinating photographs, the children learnt a lot using this visual method.


Research has revealed that music stimulates the brain, and it is a creative and engaging way of advancing listening skills. Learning song lyrics also helps children to advance their vocabulary and singing phrases can lead to better vocabulary recall. We learnt a frog song and combined this with physical movement. We know what the frog makes sound, how to move like a frog – such as jump up and then squat down. The whole class was filled with fun and laughter.

There are many ways to support life cycle learning, as well as many other skills that are important for young learners. They make the class engaging and fun.