I am trying to make a paper frog today, as you do..!
I took the “hare” (made over as a bunny) to another event recently.
One little boy didn’t want a bunny but asked for a frog instead; so I made a quick adaptation, gave him some “pond” stuff to sit it on… and ( this is one of the creative joys when working with children ) off he went and carried out his idea, to make something fabulous like this…
I really liked the frog idea; so I kept my rough negative off-cut that I chopped out quickly for him,
and this morning decided to have a go at making a frog template.
It is strange, but the more I attempt to frogify the cut, the less it looks like the ‘really quite frog like’ initial one.
Ribbit, ribbit is turning into rip it, rip it around here.
Plus the casual bottom fold (that makes him sit but without tipping) is actually quite crucial- I was just lucky with it first time.
As there are only 2 folds they have to be right- but mega easy for children to get right too.
It is hard to put the genie back in the bottle and be spontaneous again once you have already made a series of steps trying to work something out. I always work better with just the scissors rather than drawing and then cutting out.
So here I am starting again, step by step, cut by cut.
This survivor is putting a brave smile on it.
However you can just see that bin-full of frog bits!
By the way – the bright oilcloth is also a survivor – of the eighties; not my current taste – but blooming good at protecting the good oak table under it!
That is as far as this day went – life happened!
So here is the next go at it; in much brighter weather; with some rather more literary frogs. I still can’t bring myself to make prototypes in “the good stuff”- hence the rather endearingly appropriate word “small” in his tummy!
I thought I’d upload these photos as they do look such cheerful chaps. Even unfinished and wonky.
Well that is my motto: Wonky is a good thing!
Basking in the sunshine. ( Not sure if frogs do that actually – but this one does.)
Next stop ‘publisher’ for the “how to” and he can go into the “Frogs and Ponds” art activity PDF set.
Hey this one looks quite like a monkey now he is photographed!
I started it again! Now I have to try out a monkey.