Origami Jumping Frog Race

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Create your own origami jumping frogs, and then challenge them to a race! Lets see which frog can go the farthest!

Materials needed:

  • paper of varying thicknesses, colours, sizes

  • scizzors

  • colouring supplies

  • a ruler, measuring tape, or measuring length of your own creation (Using non-standard units of measurements is an important skill too! You can use pencil-lengths, eraser lengths, etc.)

  • A flat surface

  • Race tracking sheet available at the bottom of page

Today's themes for parents to focus on:

Be sure to name any shapes your child creates while they are folding (there should be lots of squares, triangles, rectangles, etc.). Depending on the comfort level of your child, guide them towards finding a way to measure their frog jumps - this could be any object handy, or a ruler or measuring tape. Emphasize recording their results, and if they aren't capable, it's okay to write it for them, but be sure to have them tell you what length to record. Learning the proper terminology when measuring is also important- using words like longer, shorter, greater, lesser, etc.

To extend the learning: you can also discuss any lines of symmetry that occur while folding - this entire project is very symmetrical.

Let's go! Watch the video below for Sara's instructions for the activity. You can also print out the instruction sheet linked below, if your child is a more concrete visual learner.


Discussion questions:

  1. Which frog went the farthest? Why do you think that is?

  2. Which frog went the shortest distance? Why do you think that is?

  3. What could we change to change the way the frog jumps?

  4. Did the size of the frog make the difference?

  5. What would you change for the next time you try this?

Curriculum connections:

Grade 1: Measurement

  • demonstrate an understanding of the use of non-standard units of the same size (e.g., straws, index cards) for measuring

  • estimate, measure (i.e., by placing non-standard units repeatedly, without overlaps or gaps), and record lengths, heights, and distances

  • construct, using a variety of strategies,tools for measuring lengths, heights, and distances in non-standard units

Grade 1: Geometry and Spatial Sense

  • build three-dimensional structures using concrete materials, and describe the two-dimensional shapes the structures contain

Grade 2&3: Measurement

  • estimate and measure length, height, and distance, using standard units (i.e., centimetre, metre) and non-standard units

  • record and represent measurements of length, height, and distance in a variety of ways

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