Transform this game into a learning activity by folding and gluing numbered paper strips around paper clips. Present the players with simple math problems; their frogs have to catch the answer.
For each frog puppet, paint two paper plates green and let them dry. Using our template as a guide, cut the top of the frog and its eyes and feet from the green plates. Cut the bottom piece from a third plate.
For a tongue, twist two pipe cleaners together, folding over one end and curling the other into two spirals, as shown. Staple them to the frog bottom. Attach a lightweight, strong magnet (ours are about 1/2 inch wide) to the end of the tongue with glue dots or hot glue.
Staple the eyes to the frog top, draw eyeballs with black marker, and fold the eyes up. Cover the underside of the staples with tape. Leaving the back open for a hand, staple together the frog top and bottom. Add the back feet.
To make flies, roll 1- by 3-inch strips of black tissue paper around bent paper clips and secure the paper with tacky glue.
To play, scatter the flies on a table. At "Go," players use their frog's magnetic tongue to catch as many flies as they can - pulling them off the tongue with their free hand - and collect them in a pile. When all the fl ies are caught, see who has the most. (Be sure to supervise small children around small magnets.)