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Have the April showers brought May flowers this year? Check outside your window! Rain can be a nuisance—getting stuck without an umbrella is no joke—and rain clouds can be dreary. But with the right attitude, rain can be magic! At Little New-Yorkers @ Home this week, meet one intrepid rain enthusiast as he and his trusty frog hat venture into a wet cityscape as we explore Rain, by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Christian Robinson.
Did you know that in the past—the 19th century to be exact—children wore bonnets and bonnet covers like these to protect themselves from the rain?
What do you notice about these bonnets and bonnet covers?
How would it feel to wear one of these out in the rain?
The main character in Rain wears his special green frog hat when he goes out to explore. Which would you rather wear on your head? What do you like to bring out with you in the rain?
Inspired by our main character’s rain hat, let’s make our very own feeling frog faces. Hop, hop, hop along with us and show us how you feel with some funky frog features.
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a story book, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Paper or cardstock to print out the froggy face template
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here—that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in your frog’s feeling face
How do you feel today? Practice making different expressions in a mirror. What does a mad mouth look like? Calm eyebrows? Think about the feeling you’re trying to show and what colors and features you can include to show it.
Here we went with a more naturalistic green, but feel free to use your imagination. Do you feel like a grumpy pink frog today? It’s your artwork, so get creative.
STEP 2: Add features
For our frog, we went with the feeling…surprised! Check out the raised eyebrows, open mouth, and wizard hat, because, of course, it’s all in the details.
And just like that, you’re done! Create as many feeling frogs as you’d like, perhaps a different frog for every day or every hour! Or cut out some of your frogs, tape them to popsicle sticks and create puppets for your very own frog theater company. And for even more of a challenge, create your own cap like our Rain pal and promenade throughout your apartment.
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. See you then!
By Olivia Sweet