The project requires either sewing or hot glue skills. A child of age 9 or so could do the project with adult supervision. Younger children can help stuff the project and would love to receive it as a gift from an older sibling, parent or grandparent.
You could put in stuffing instead of rice to make this more of a "pillow frog" than a beanbag.
This is a terrific first sewing project for children. If using it as such, I recommend having the children sew the body pieces together using a running stitch or a blanket stitch and then glue the remaining pieces together. I would fill with pillow stuffing instead of rice ... stuffing won't leak out as easily if the child didn't keep their stitches tight enough.
- two pieces green felt (body)
- one scrap red felt (tongue)
- Optional: scrap of darker green or brown felt (spots).
- two wiggly eyes.
- hot glue OR sewing machine OR needle and thread
- rice OR small beans (or pillow stuffing, cotton balls or toilet paper if you'd prefer a pillow to a bean bag).
- scotch tape
- printer and paper
- Print out the template (see bottom of this page).
- Cut out the template pieces.
- Scotch tape the frog body template to one of the pieces of green felt.
- Cut the shape from the felt
- I scotch tape templates onto felt instead of pinning them as I find it easier... It doesn't "buckle" as much. It's very easy to just pull any tape off the felt after cutting
- Make sure you scotch tape liberally!
- Repeat with the second piece of felt.
- Scotch tape the tongue to the red felt and cut out.
- Scotch tape the splotch template to the other color of felt and cut out the shape... You can make 0 to 6 splotches, depending on how many you want on your frog.
- Put the two body pieces together and hot glue them, leaving a space at the top to add rice or stuffing.
- If you're hot gluing, do a 2 to 4 inch section at a time (so the
glue doesn't harden on you).
- The less experienced you are with hot glue, the shorter the section should be.
- I usually have my daughter use a popsicle stick to press pieces together without getting any of the heated glue on her skin... I just use my fingers.
- My 9 year old daughter has been able to use my "low temp
craft glue gun" with supervision for a couple of years.
- Fill with rice or small beans (a funnel or a home made funnel made of paper will help with the pouring). Sew or glue the hole shut.
- Glue the splotches to the body.
- Glue the tongue inside the mouth.
- Glue on the wiggly eyes.
- NOTE: If you are sewing instead of hot gluing, I would recommend sewing the spots onto the body, then sewing the two pieces of the body together. That way you can tie knots and whatnot on the back side of the fabric. If sewing and adding rice, make sure you sew the body with small, tight stitches (sewing machine or blanket stitch) so the rice doesn't leak out.
- You will find the legs don't get too much rice in them, but the double layer of felt and wee bit of rice gives them a nice feel.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
- You need to print both templates