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Celebrate Passover by Making your own Plague of Frogs!

Mar26

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Frogs! Frogs everywhere!
By Brenda Ponnay

a plague of frogs!

One morning when Pharaoh awoke in his bed,
There were frogs in his bed and frogs on his head.
Frogs on his nose and frogs on his toes.
Frogs here, frogs there!
Frogs were jumping everywhere!
*

frogs on her head, frogs in her bed

Can you imagine waking up and finding your house covered in frogs? Frogs in your sink, frogs in your pantry, frogs in your breakfast…take a shower and have frogs rain down on your head? Ew!

If you celebrate Passover then you probably already know all about those frogs. As the story is told in the book of Exodus, frogs were the second plague that God sent down on the Egyptians to change Pharaoh’s mind about keeping the Jews in slavery.

Unfortunately an infestation of frogs did not change his mind and nine other horrible plagues were needed before the Jews were allowed to go free.
Today Jews celebrate Passover to remember those plagues and how the Jews were set free from slavery in Egypt. Passover is a time of rejoicing and thankfulness. The word “Passover” itself actually comes from the last plague which was when the Angel of Death killed all the firstborn sons in Egypt except in those households that had the blood of a lamb painted over their door step. God commanded the Jews to paint blood over their door step to spare them as the Angel of Death “passed over.”

While the story of Passover is no light matter, I think it’s safe to have a little fun with frogs to help us remember the second plague. I wouldn’t want my house to be infested with frogs but they sure are fun to make out of paper! We decided to make a pretend plague of frogs take over our house and here is how we did it:

painting frog skin

First we made some “frog skin” by painting with cheap kids’ acrylic paint (water-based is safest) on top of newsprint. Big sloppy strokes were fine because I wanted my frogs to have texture.

making frog skin

Then we added some warts by stamping a pencil eraser into yellow paint. My daughter added some bigger spots by stamping with a wine-bottle cork.

frog skin paper

After the paint was dry, I cut the now somewhat-stiff painted newspaper into big squares. I didn’t measure. My squares were roughly 7 inches, though some were bigger and some smaller.

steps

I folded my square in half and then in half again, just like you would fold it to make a snowflake. But instead of cutting snowflake shapes out of my square, I cut out half a frog. If you don’t feel confident in your frog-cutting skills, have no fear! I have made you a template that you can download here!
It’s pretty easy to follow. Just be careful to cut the top smaller arm all the way off the edge. If you don’t then you won’t end up with frogs that are holding hands. You’ll have a bunch of separated frogs. That’s fine too. Personally, I sort of like my frogs floating down from the sky as if they were doing aerobatics.

a frog snowflake!

When you unfold your frog snowflake it should look like the above. You can add eyes with a crayon or marker pen or add ooglie bubble eyes like we did. We always love the ooglie booglie bubble eyes in my house. They make every craft better!

putting eyeballs on

decorating the window with frogs

Then we taped them to the window and pretended that frogs were raining down on us.

frog crafts

We had a lot of “frog skin” paper left over so we cut it up Eric Carle style and made some more frogs! You can never get enough frogs when you’re recreating a plague of frogs.

a frog mask!

Frogs here, frogs there, frogs jumping everywhere!

*Popular children’s song for Passover titled “One Morning.” Author unknown.


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About the author

Brenda Ponnay

http://secret-agent-josephine.com
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.


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18 Responses to “Celebrate Passover by Making your own Plague of Frogs!”

  1. lynne Mar 26 at 11:14 am Reply Reply

    Ingenious idea once again. Also thank you for reminding me of the true meaning of passover.

  2. anna b-bonkers Mar 26 at 11:42 am Reply Reply

    I love, love, love this idea. B, you amaze me with the creativity!
    Much better than locusts!

  3. anon Mar 26 at 4:02 pm Reply Reply

    Just want to point out that passover actually starts at sundown on the 8th, the first full day is the 9th…
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    Editor: Thank you! We will make the correction. We love our community!

  4. leslie Mar 26 at 5:43 pm Reply Reply

    such a great idea!
    i’m so gonna make those…esp. because i call my daughter “froggy” :)
    thanks brenda!

  5. bethany Mar 26 at 8:25 pm Reply Reply

    love it! googly eyes do make everything, don’t they?

  6. margalit Mar 26 at 9:24 pm Reply Reply

    Brenda, you did SUCH a great job on the post. I’m so proud of you. And those frogs. Too freaking cute for words.
    Now it’s time to work on the other 9 plagues. And if you’d like to borrow my first born son, be my guest! :-)

  7. wow gold Mar 28 at 9:36 pm Reply Reply

    Yeah, this is such a nice post. A great way to commemorate Passover and enjoy a quality time with our kids. :)

  8. Elizabeth W. Mar 29 at 1:24 pm Reply Reply

    I’m going to do this with friends, not as a Passover thing, but because my friend J. is obsessed with all things frog.

  9. jodifur Mar 29 at 10:52 pm Reply Reply

    I love this!

  10. Lucia Mar 31 at 10:28 pm Reply Reply

    Oh. My. God. This is unbelievably adorable. It makes me sad that I’m a shiksa. But, hey, I think maybe I’ll do this project anyway – it’s just too cute not to!

  11. Boston Mamas Apr 02 at 8:33 pm Reply Reply

    Adorable! I may need to make a plague of frogs even though I don’t celebrate Passover! -Christine

  12. Onna Apr 02 at 11:14 pm Reply Reply

    What a great idea !!! A fun way to celebrate passover!!! Onna

  13. rivky Apr 03 at 3:37 pm Reply Reply

    Hi,
    I love the frog idea. I thought you might be interested in my book, Crafting Jewish, it has great Passover crafts (including a great 10 plagues matching game), recipes and party ideas. You can find it on Amazon or at Barnes and Nobles. Have a wonderful Passover!

  14. faemom Apr 03 at 9:31 pm Reply Reply

    Those are so cute! That is a great craft to illustrate the plague of frogs.

  15. Sandra Apr 08 at 3:38 pm Reply Reply

    We made these today! They turned out so cute! Thanks for the idea and template.

  16. Rivster Sep 07 at 2:59 pm Reply Reply

    What a GREAT idea!!! I’m going to use this with the kids in our synagogue’s playgroup next year.
    Thanks!

  17. Susan Jan 30 at 11:12 am Reply Reply

    Any chance you have a pattern for the cute little frog?

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Jan 30 at 2:48 pm Reply Reply

      yes! Up above you can find a link to the template. Just go to the sentence: “I have made you a template that you can download here!” Press on the word “here” and it takes you to the pattern.

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