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Frog Raft
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.                                      Build a frog raft, and see if you get passengers.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Build a frog raft, and see if you get passengers.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Ahoy! Who wants to go for a sail on a miniature frog raft? If you have access to a pond at night, you can go frog hunting with this easy outdoor activity for kids. Shine a flashlight out over the pond, and watch for glittering frog eyes. Then launch a frog raft, and see if you get any passengers.

What You'll Need:

  • Board (18 inches long, 1 inch thick)
  • Candle or small electric lantern
  • 2-inch-long nail (if using candle)
  • Plastic bag (if using lantern)
  • Heavy twine
  • Large screw eye

Step 1: With help from an adult, insert a screw eye in one end of your board and tie the end of your twine to it.

Step 2: To light with a candle, drive a nail all the way through the board. Stick a candle on the pointed end that comes through the board.

Step 3: If your nights are too breezy for candle flames, use a small battery-powered lantern instead of a candle. It won't be as attractive as a flickering candle flame, but it may still attract frogs.

Step 4: Seal the lantern in a heavy plastic bag, and then tie it to the board.

Step 5: Put the raft in the water, give it a push, and wait quietly for frogs to jump aboard. See how many passengers your raft will attract.

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