box Betty Crocker™ family-size fudge brownie mix
can Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine Fudge Brownie Mix with water, oil, and eggs as directed on package. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes, until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean.
Cool completely then cut brownies down the center of pan. Cut each side into 6 rectangles.
Remove brownies and smooth edges to form a log shape.
Spoon half a can of Betty Crocker™ Chocolate Frosting into a microwafe-safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds, until melted.
Dip each brownie log in the melted frosting and place on wax paper to set.
Spoon the rest of the icing into a freezer baggie and snip off one corner of the bag. Pipe out lines and swirls on your brownie logs to make grain.
Place desired number of gummy frogs on each log and serve.
More About This Recipe
- What better way to celebrate Leap Year than with a fun dessert that will leap right off your serving plate?
My oldest daughter is crazy about frogs, so she helped me whip up these easy and adorable Frogs on Logs. Betty Crocker Brownie Mix and Chocolate Icing made these come together in a snap!
First, we used a Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Family Size Mix but baked it in an 8” x 8” pan….we want those brownies nice and thick! When cooled, cut in half, then cut into 12 rectangles.
Next, remove brownies and carefully smooth edges so they form a log shape. (At this point I also popped them in the freezer for a few minutes so it would be easier for my daughter to dip them -- but that's not necessary).
Then, spoon out half of a can of Betty Crocker Chocolate Icing into a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds, until melted…yum!
Dip each of your brownie “logs” into the melted chocolate and set on wax paper or parchment. Spoon the remaining icing into a freezer baggie and snip off a corner of the bag. Squeeze out lines and swirls to create wood grain on your logs.
For the finishing touch, add some gummy frogs to the top! Awww…these two are in love…
Be sure to watch them carefully, these treats have a tendency to leap away!
Lots More Brownies!
Brownies are always in style! Here are some more brownie faves to rock your day:
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Bourbon Bacon Brownies Recipe
Gluten-Free Turtle Brownies Recipe
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Cut out red, white, and blue paper stripes and stars. Let the children use these for patterning. They can even use them to create their own personal version of the American flag.
One to One Correlation:
On a rectangular, blue piece of paper, place 50 star stickers. Let the children use star shaped erasers to match on top of the stickers for one to one correlation.
Make a graph with students about who is afraid of fireworks and who is not. It is a good moment to talk about firework safety.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for Language Arts ideas tomorrow on Speak, Read, and Write Tuesday.
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Leap Frog Paper Craft
This Leap Frog Paper Craft is perfect for little hands and is the perfect supplement to a homeschool curriculum. For us, it was a supplement to our Apologia science curriculum and the kids had a great time learning all about frogs in their natural habitat.
This leap frog craft requires lots of paper folding. Once you are done, decorate the frog with a green marker.
Make sure you glue on the googly eyes to make him even more realistic!
Then once you are done, gather all the frogs together to have a competition between your kids. Gather up the neighbor kids and have a frog craft session. Or use this craft as a VBS or Sunday School lesson.
If anything, it’s a simple enough craft that the kids can use to learn and have fun at the same time. Even on a rainy day.
Frogs have a couple of strategies to deal with freezing temperatures. Many of our terrestrial (land) Mississippi frogs such as spring peepers and green tree frogs hibernate in deep cracks and crevices in trees, logs, rocks, or even just deep leaf litter and hide away.
Since these areas aren’t well protected from freezing temperatures, they may freeze and the frogs who have taken up residence there will freeze too. But they don’t die – even though ice may form in their body cavities and they stop breathing and their heart stops beating.
Frogs have high concentrations of glucose in their major organs that prevents these organs from freezing. As the temperatures warm up, these frozen frogs will slowly begin to move.
Frogs that live in the water (aquatic frogs) such as the American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) hibernate or go into torpor in the water. They spend the winter partially buried in mud or on top of the mud in areas of oxygen-rich waters for the winter. They must have enough skin exposed to the water to get enough oxygen in order to breathe.
On days when the temperatures rise well above freezing, our Mississippi frogs come out of hibernation long enough to sing out loud.
Apparently, it was warm enough, for long enough this week that the little frog that came to my door was hopping around looking for food. It brought me joy to see him! Now, back into hibernation he will go.
Check out this video by the Smithsonian Channel – it actually shows a frog becoming frozen!
Tot School: Frogs
Are you ready for our last new tot school theme for the year? We are loving our spring themes so I added this frog theme to our calendar this year. Check out this week full of all kinds of frog themed learning and fun!
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And here are the details of each activity:
Here are the books that we used to begin each day:
Roll and Feed Frog:
I broke out our Color Bug Catcher Game to work on number and color recognition along with some fine motor practice. Aubrey rolled the number and color dice. Then she used the gator grabbers to grab that number/color of bugs, and feed them to the frog. We continued to play until all the bugs were gone.
Letter Lily Pads:
This activity was definitely a favorite this week and we are still using it weeks later! It was really a fun way to work on letter identification and matching. First we worked together to make small balls of green play dough. Then Aubrey chose one of our letter ponds. She used letter stamps one at a time to smush the balls of play dough into letter lily pads. Last she had to match each letter lily pad to the same letter on the pond.
Pond Sponge Painting:
For our first froggy craft we created a sponge paint pond. Aubrey used a sponge brush to stamp blue paint all over the page. Then after we let that dry, she glued lily pads onto her pond. Finally she used a sponge that I cut into a frog print shape to stamp green footprints all over her page.
Tear and Fill Lily Pad:
Aubrey is still working on her scissor skills so I have been trying to add in more scissor practice wherever possible. We have been using these Fiskars training scissors and they really help a lot! There is a little spring action that helps open the scissors back up each time. Aubrey did a great job with cutting little snips along the strips I had cut out. She then glued the bits on a blue piece of paper to fill a lily pad.
Tissue Plate Frog Craft:
Our last craft this week was a tissue paper plate frog. I watered down glue so that it was easily spreadable. Aubrey used a foam brush to paint a paper plate with glue then added green tissue paper squares. Then she painted over the squares with more watered down glue. And to finish off the face she glued paper shapes to the face.
Color Frog Toss:
We started our gross motor activities off by filling a kiddie pool with blue ball pit balls for our pond. I threw in colored plastic frogs, then placed bins near the pool with color labels. Aubrey jumped in the pool to find the frogs, then tossed them into the matching color bin.
Frog Hide and Seek:
Aubrey loves to play hide and seek, so we switched it up a little to match our theme this week with frog hide and seek. We took turns hiding a little stuffed frog and counting to 10 before searching for our little froggy friend.
Jumping is a great gross motor activity and really tires little ones out! For this activity I used painters tape to make 5 horizontal lines on the floor parallel to each other. Aubrey started at the first line and counted each jump as she frog jumped across. She also tried to frog jump as far as she could to see how far she could go in one jump.
Five Speckled Frogs:
Our next gross motor activity was inspired by the 5 Green and Speckled Frogs Song. We used the kiddie pool pond again and placed 5 little frogs on a wrapping paper tube “log.” Then we sang the song and Aubrey used the pieces to act it out.
Five Green and Speckled Frogs Song:
“Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs, YUM YUM!
One jumped into the pool where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green and speckled frogs.”
Repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1 frogs.
Lily Pad Leap:
This activity was a repeat from our spring theme last year, but there are so many easy ways to switch up this activity and add in different skills so I thought it couldn’t hurt to repeat it! For this fun outdoor activity, I drew lily pads (a.k.a. green Pac-man like shapes) and waves all over the ground. Aubrey jumped from lily pad to lily pad trying not to fall in the water. Then I added letters to each lily pad and called out each one for her to jump to. You could do the same with other skills such as numbers, shapes, sight words, colors, or any other concepts you are working on.
Frog Theme Snacks:
Frog Pond Jell-O – Make a batch of blue Jell-O in small round containers. After Jell-O has set, add tootsie rolls and gummy frogs to create a pond.
Cucumber Grape Froggy – Cut two cucumber rounds for the frog head and body. Add two half circle cucumber slices for the hind legs. Add grape slices for feet and eyes. Place candy eyes on top of the green grapes and use a food coloring pen to draw nostrils and a mouth.
Frog Pond Crackers – Spread blue frosting on graham crackers. Add tootsie rolls and gummy frogs to create a pond.
Fruit Pond – Fill a small round container with blueberries. Cut a kiwi into a small round slice. Cut out a notch to make a lily pad shape. Add the kiwi on top of the blueberries and place a gummy frog on top.
Frog on a Log – Cut celery into small sticks. Spread a celery sticks with peanut butter. Stick gummy frogs on top.
Froggy Pond Sensory Bin:
In this sensory bin: plastic frogs, foam lily pads, water, blue aquarium gravel, rocks, plastic insects
Rainbow Frog Sort:
Play Dough Pond:
On this tray: play dough, colored gems, plastic frogs , foam lily pads, lincoln logs
Jell-O Frog Excavation:
To prepare this fun sensory activity, I started by making 2 large packages of blue Jell-O according to the package directions. Then before placing in the refrigerator to set, I added plastic frogs. We waited for the Jell-O to set overnight. Then Aubrey used spoons, scoops, and tools to rescue the frogs from the sticky pond.
Pond Water Bead Bin:
In this bin: TOOB Frogs, green foam lily pads, lincoln logs. water beads, bowls and cups
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good day. I love your blog and all the ideas. thank you
how do i incorporate alphabets and numbers into each week, alternatively, together with your themes? my daughter is 3 going on 4 and i want to start that. is this the right age to start this?
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Today I was absolutely dismayed to see one of my hens charging about with half a frog in her beak. So something is after them and I think it might be magpies snapping them up as they leave the pond because we heard a lots of magpie screeches this morning. We don't have a huge amount of magpies round here though. But I think a fox or a heron would just swallow the frog whole.
There is a lot shrubs and plants etc around the pond but perhaps I should put more rocks and logs and things to stop the magpies or whatever it is.
Frogs and Toads
Five little speckled frogs,
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs,
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four little speckled frogs.
(Repeat , working your way down to one.)
One little speckled frog sitting,
Sitting on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs,
He jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were no little speckled frogs.
Bloop bloop went the little green frog one day,
Bloop bloop went the little green frog,
Bloop bloop went the little green frog one day,
And they all went bloop bloop blop.
We all know frogs go,
We all know frogs go,
They don’t go bloop bloop blop.
Five Little Tadpoles
Five little tadpoles swimming near the shore.
The first one said, “Let’s swim some more.”
The second one said, “Let’s rest awhile.”
The third one said, “Swimming makes me smile.”
The fourth one said, “My legs are growing long.”
The fifth one said, “I’m getting very strong.”
Five little tadpoles will soon be frogs.
They’ll jump from the water and sit on logs.
Oh, the Polliwog is woggling
In his pleasant native bog
With his beady eyes a-goggling
Through the underwater fog
And his busy tail a-joggling
And his eager head agog-
Just a happy little frogling
Who is bound to be a frog.
There once was a polly named Wog
Who wanted to change to a frog,
So he dropped off his tail
Grew legs without fail
And croaked all day on a log.
Five Frisky Frogs
Five little frisky frogs hopping on the shore.
(Hold up five fingers. hop.)
One hopped into the pond- SPLASH!
(Call “splash” loudly throw hands out and up.)
So then there were just four.
Four little frisky frogs climbing up a tree.
(Hold up four fingers. Climb.)
One fell into the grass – BOOM!
(Fall and call “boom” loudly.)
So then there were just three.
Three little frisky frogs bathing in the dew.
(Hold up 3 fingers. Wash face and body.)
One caught a sneezy cold – AHHCHOO!
(Cover nose and sneeze loudly.)
So then there were just two.
Two little frisky frogs sleeping in the sun.
(Hold up two fingers and sleep.)
One slept the day away – SNORE!
So then there was just one.
One little frisky frog sitting on a stone.
(Hold up 1 finger, lean chin on hand and look sad.)
Let’s call his four friends back – YOO – HOO!
(Cup hands around mouth.)
So he won’t be alone.
(Hold up five fingers and smile)
I Have a Little Frog
I have a little frog
His name is Tiny Tim,
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim,
He drank up all the water,
And gobbled up the soap!
And when he tried to talk
He had a BUBBLE in his throat!
Mary Had a Little Frog
(to the tune of “Mary had a Little Lamb”)
Mary had a little frog,
Little, frog, little frog,
Mary had a little frog,
It’s skin was green as grass.
And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
Everywhere that Mary went,
The frog would jump and splash.
(to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
See the little froggy Swimming in the pool
The water’s great- It’s nice and cool
When he gets all cleaned up Out he’ll hop
Squeaky clean From bottom to top.
See the little froggy On the lily pad
Trying to catch flies She’s getting sad.
When she catches one, She’ll gobble it up
Back in the water She’ll go kerplop!
I am a Little Toad
I am a little toad,
Hopping down the road,
Just listen to my song,
I sleep all winter long,
When spring comes I peep out,
And then I jump about,
And now I catch a fly,
And now I wink my eye,
And now and then I hop,
And now and then I stop!
How to Raise Frogs for Meat- Raising Edible Frogs
The bulldog frog is considered a specialty in some countries because this is not commonly served and is unknown to many. Here in the Philippines, the frogs that are edible are the (rice fields) frogs that can be raised. When the frog is mature, this grows as long as 14 inches when stretched, and can weigh as much as half a kilo or more. It can thrive on land or in water.
The male frog has ears larger than its eyes, the females have the eyes as big as the ears. The females are bigger, but the males have their forelegs longer and stronger. The throat of the mating males is yellow and enlarged (inflamed) while that of the female is white.
The eyes of the frog are protruding and large and yellow the tongue is long and sticky. They have no neck with which to turn the head around, so their protruding eyes are used to look upward, downward and around. Behind their eyes are large ears or hearing organ (tympanium) that are sensitive to sound and tremor in their environment.
In their natural habitat, frogs live in streams , ponds, water canals, rice folds and almost everywhere that there is water and vegetation where insects thrive. They feed on soft plants growing in the water like algae, and on fishes (even dead), insects, liver, cooked flour products, boiled potatoes, fresh meat and chicken and visceral, and meat even not fresh. The mature ones also live on insects, crabs, water insects, snails, shrimps, spider, crickets, grasshoppers, fish, snakes, termites, worms, wrigglers, earthworms, young turtles and birds. They like live foods to those that are alive and moving.
Frogs lay eggs from April to September. The eggs are laid on a thin sheet on a leaf top above the water. After the female lays eggs, the male frog fertilizes them from outside, and places them afterwards in an egg mass in the water. After 5-10 days, the eggs are hatched. From 10,000 – 20,000 eggs normally laid, only about 30%or less are hatched, live up to the tadpole stage, depending on the temperature of the water. The small frogs will grow and live on the plants in the water. The shape is like a narrow fish, with gills for breathing, without legs and with a tail for swimming.
The small ones will grow, a few weeks to a few months, and will become a full fledged frog. They will lose their gills but will develop lungs discard the tail but four feet will grow the intestines will be shorter and the mouth will be that of a frogs. At this time, the growing frog will live longer on land than in the water.
Diseases & pests of frogs
Frogs are susceptible to a bacterial disease called “red legs” due to overcrowding and contamination caused by pollution and lack of oxygen in the pond. Many of the young ones fall pretty to the disease. Setting up & care of a frog farm
A frog may be a few meters square in ones backyard or a hectare size, depending on ones place and capability for investment and care. In constructing a pond, the following should be considered:
- The place must be such that it logs water, as in clay if this is not so, cement the sides of the pond and provide water outlet and inlet.
- The place must be near a body of water like a stream or irrigation.
- The rice field is the best for frog raising.
- Avoid places that get flooded.
- The place must be fenced to avoid the escaping of frogs, and so that enemies like cats, snakes, lizards of big frogs are kept off.
- Plant shady trees like bananas or vines at the place and allow grass to grow on vacant places. Bamboos can also be used to shade.
- Provide strong light to attract insects.
- Plant flowering plants around to attract insects.
Care of small & growing frogs
The frog nursery should have cemented sides around at 4X1 meters and about half a meter deep. This can accommodate about 5,000 small frogs.
1. The surface of the cemented side should be coarse to allow the growth of moss and algae that the small frogs eat. Give also cooked flour to supplement their feed.
2. Put above some shade-climbing plants on bamboo or banana leaves.
3. Keep the water clean, so there must be an outlet for the soiled water and inlet for fresh new water.
4. The mass of eggs on the sticky surface should be transferred to the nursery. The eggs are placed on a hanging fine nylon net so that eggs that will not hatch will not spill over. These are likely jelly that pollute the water where it will drop into.
5. The eggs will hatch in 4-10 days, depending on the water temperature. These are like wrigglers if alive, and will leave the net.
The small frogs that are wrigglers will be transferred to another cage when the legs are beginning to grow and the tail begins to disappear. A cage 2x6x.5 m deep can accommodate about 4,000 small ones.
- Feed the small frogs with food that is live-small worms, earthworms, and termites which they like at about 4:00 p.m. when they are most active.
- At this time, because they have no scales, their skin can dry up so they must always be near a body of water.
- The side of the cage around must be slanting where the frogs get trained in suing their legs, which is important as they grow, to develop leg muscles (for meat production).
- Place a hanging nylon tray about ½” X 2″ above the surface to serve as feeding space and rest for the young frogs.
- Place a 10-wat fluorescent lamp at the sides to attract insects at night.
- When these have grown to 2.5-3″ in size, they can be transferred to the rearing ponds. The pond must be cemented and I about half a meter deep.
- The ponds must have ample shore. Provide shades by planting banana trees and grasses around.
- Plant flowering plants to attract insects and make water insects and guppies thrive in the pond for the frogs to feed on.
- Earthworm, termites and maggots serve as supplementary food.
- The frog population in the pond should be one frog for every 2.5 or 3 sq. ft.
- Place bamboo slats in corner that will serve as shade and rest for the frogs. Cover this with banana leaves. These shed are bamboo pcs 2m x 3m elevated about 5 cm from the ground and extended about one-half meter over the ponds water.
- Place the lights here.
- Beneath this are nylon trays 1 X 2m supported by 1.5″X 2″ wood pieces around.
The breeding pond is like the rearing pond although smaller. Place here the healthiest and biggest frogs for breeding. The number of males is almost equal to that of females because the males sometimes mate only once to a single female. Before the time comes for egg laying, put frogs together so they can be adjusted to their new environment and thus make egg laying good. The population is about 2 frogs for every square meter in the whole cage.
Do you enjoy long winter naps? So do groundhogs, bats and bears. These are among the warm-blooded animals that hibernate.
Hibernation, or “winter sleep,” is a complex response to extreme conditions. Hibernators go into a deep sleep by slowing down their heartbeat and breathing, and lowering their body temperatures. By reducing their energy demands, hibernators can survive the winter on stored body fat.
Fat makes up about one-third of a groundhog’s fall weight. They can reduce their body temperature to as low as 43 degrees during hibernation.
Big brown bats, when active, have body temperatures about the same as humans, and they breathe about 200 times each minute. But during hibernation, their temperature approaches that of the surrounding air, all the way down to freezing! And they go for long periods with no breathing at all.
Black bears lose about one-quarter of their weight during hibernation, but bear hibernation is different from that of rodents and bats. Bears lower their body temperature only a few degrees and they are easily aroused from their dormant state. This alertness allows mother bears to care for their cubs that are born during the denning period.
Town & country frog blog
In Eastern Australia, if a home has a garden or even a few potted plants on the balcony, it is likely to be visited from time to time by the ever-smiling Litoria caerulea or Green Tree Frog - he’s the frog that croaks in the downpipes outside your bedroom and leaves footprints on the window glass you have just cleaned.
Although elusive, you know these frogs are around by the frothy mass of eggs spawned in plant saucers, in puddles, in almost anything that holds water after rain.
About the size of a hen’s egg and well camouflaged, mature Striped Marsh Frogs are hard to spot even when they become frenetically active as the weather turns to rain. Then the breeding chorus of tock-tock-tocking from hundreds of these frogs rises from town stormwater drains and country ditches. Yet when the human frog-devotee tries to find them, the little guys become still and silent, sometimes with just the tip of the nose showing.More easily found, with the help of a good torch and by tracking their loud calls, are the small tree frogs (Litoria gracilenta, L. chloris, L. fallax, L. pearsoniana).
Frogs are active at night so the best place and safest place to go frog-spotting is in your own garden, and it is not hard to attract these wonderful creatures into your patch. They like a bit of mess - places to hide by day and hunt by night. You don’t necessarily need a pond. A good deep layer of damp leaf litter under shrubs will hold essential moisture for frogs and their insect prey small rocks or logs around the edges of garden beds provide nooks and crannies in which frogs can hide. Save damaged glazed ceramic pots or china and tuck these into sheltered spots among the shrubs. An ordinary un-glazed garden-variety pot will draw moisture from the frog it shelters. Half-buried pots provide insulation against heat and drying, a place to hibernate, and a haven that domestic pets can’t get into. (Lidless teapots lying on their side seem to be especially popular. Frogs don’t object to the odd broken handle or chipped spout.)
|Stoney Creek Frog|
|Bufo Marinus - Cane Toad|
This little pond, made by placing a piece of builder’s plastic into an ancient zinc washing tub, is only 20 cm deep and holds 45 litres. (I picked the tub up second-hand for $5, cheap because it had a few holes in it, and the plastic cost $2 at the hardware store). It is high enough to keep toads out wide enough for a good number of plants necessary for a balanced micro-habitat safely located near shrubs, damp leaf-litter and frog-hiding spots. There is piece of mesh cut to size which sits across the top when small children visit - because a pond, no matter how small or innocently shallow, must be toddler-safe. A sturdy piece of mesh will also protect frogs and fish from ibis and herons - or horses, as the case may be.
Then, in town or the country, with the right habitat, all a happy gardener has to do is sit in a quiet spot by the pond to wait and watch.